Afew weeks ago and for the first time, I attended the NCECA (National Council On Education for the Ceramic Arts) 2018 Conference in Pittsburgh, PA. It's one of the biggest gatherings of ceramic artists there is, and absolutely delivered on my expectations.
I've returned home with a lot of food for thought, some new friends, and a decent idea of how I would like to spend future time in America. I saw more high caliber ceramic art within 5 days there than I saw in the entire year of 2017.
I would definitely recommend looking into it if you're unfamiliar: https://nceca.net/