The Midwest Ceramic Association was
established in 1957 and incorporated on July 27, 1965 in the State of Ohio.
We are a non-profit organization. Each year the association
sponsors a trade show for ceramic manufacturers, distributors, dealers and
studio owners. They invite their customers and friends from all over the world
to gather in a designated city to learn new products, techniques and business
ethics. The association schedules nationally and internationally know
instructors to teach the latest techniques. These classes are held prior to the
opening of our show so that all persons attending will be free to attend the
trade show. The association highly encourages educational activity throughout
the trade show.
Attendance has been as high as 15,000 for our three-day
trade show. The association trade show is known nationally as "the quality
show of the nation" and is the largest non-profit ceramic trade show in
the United States. Attendees come from as far away as Scotland, Germany,
England, Japan, France and South America.
The association encourages activity and participation from
golden age centers and schools that have active ceramic programs. We donate a
portion of our trade show proceeds each year to these organizations. They
participate in our trade show as volunteers who assist us with tickets,
informational flyers, and competition security. The association also donates to
various special charitable organizations such as: Hospice, Make-A-Wish
Foundation, Ronald McDonald House, Special Olympics and Guide Dogs of America,
just to name a few of the over 200 organizations. To promote education the
association offers up to two scholarships each year through our open
competition. The association has awarded more than 60 scholarships to date.
Various trophies and awards are available at our open competition. Both
nationally sponsored awards and our own trophies and ribbons are awarded by
judges employed by the association.
The first association-sponsored trade show was in 1959 with
only 12 booths.
The association is dedicated to the promotion of ceramics as
a business, a hobby, an industry and as therapy; to maintain and continually
improve and promote the ceramic industry.