• Tue, March 14, 2017 4:23 PM | Gretchen Lambert

    It's Empty Bowls at the Waterfront Blues Festival time again! Time to help feed the hungry, because no one should be hungry. OPA partners with the Oregon Food Bank and Georgies for this event. The Food Bank sets up the big tent, June 30 - July 4, Georgies hosts a Throw-a-thon, and stores the donations, we donate our work, make pots at the Throw-a-thon, and sell them at the Blues Festival. 100% of the money raised from donations goes to the Food Bank.

     Gretchen Lambert and Robin McDonald are the chairs this year and we are now signing up volunteers and sellers. Sellers keep 75% of their sales (the rest goes to the Food Bank), get 2 four-foot shelves the last 3 days of the event, agree to work three shifts plus either set up or breakdown, donate approximately $100 of work, and know they are doing a truly positive thing for their community.

    The Throw-a-thon at Georgies is scheduled for June 16 - 30 this year.

    Contact Robin McDonald,, to volunteer. Contact Gretchen Lambert,, to donate work.

  • Mon, February 27, 2017 12:56 PM | Andy Clift (Administrator)

    14 potters had great fun making flowers, birds, bees, and of course some monsters- for the  2017 Showcase Installation project.  We gathered at Sara Swink’s beautiful studio on February 12.  Take a look at all these ideas!

    We're hoping our members will be inspired and get to work!  Bamboo sticks will be available at the booth pick meeting on March 10.  If you have any questions email Pat Berman:

  • Sat, January 28, 2017 9:15 AM | Andy Clift (Administrator)

    Congratulations!!!! To the Elected 2017 OPA Board/Program Directors. 

    Clay in Ed: Chris Baskin

    Comm Director: Linda Bourne 

    Membership Director: Andy Clift

    Data Coordinator: Nick Malatore

    Empty Bowls Coordinators: Gretchen Lambert,  Robin MacDonald 

    Group Buy: Ken Pincus 

    Hospitality: Virginia McKinney 

    Justice Center Windows: Rosemary Tobiga 

    Trainee: Richard Tonneson

    Members At Large: Theresa Vaughan, Chris McClelland 

    Manual Editor: Brenda Scott

    Newsletter Editor: Susan Gallacher-Turner/Denise Krueger 

    Picnic Chair: Deb Shapiro

    Scholarship Coordinator: Sandra Toussaint

    Voting Coordinator: Andrea Rosselle

  • Mon, December 19, 2016 2:06 PM | Brenda Scott

    It is GREAT, but let's keep it that way.

    Elections for the OPA Officers, Board of Directors and Program Coordinators is in January. We have many positions to fill and request your consideration in taking a new roll in your organization. 

     These positions are in desperate need of filling:

    • Vice President
    • Board Secretary
    • Member At Large (this is a great position for new members, meet people, learn about how things work)
    • Exhibitions Coordinator (this position may work for someone outside of the Portland Area)
    • Group Buy Coordinator
    • Presentations Coordinator
    • Program Secretary
    • Photographer
    • Ray Grimm Award Coordinator
    • Video Librarian
    • Hospitality Coordinator
    • Vice Mailbox Coordinator (this position would work for someone outside of the Portland Area)
    • Workshop Coordinator

    If you would like information on these position please call or email Brenda Scott, I'd love to tell you more about them. Or look through the Operations Manual for job descriptions. Also keep in mind that any current position holder would be happy to tell you all about it.

  • Mon, November 21, 2016 7:03 AM | Brenda Scott

    Now that I have your attention, the OPA needs your help filling positions for next years Executive Board, Board of Directors,Program Directors, and advisory positions. A full list of these boards with job descriptions is available on this website in the Operations Manual.

    A few key positions that we are especially looking to fill are 

    • Vice President 
    • Board Secretary
    • Coordinators Secretary
    • Presentations (Deb Shapiro is happy to chat with anyone about the ins and out of this positions)
    • Photographer
    • Voice Mail Box (this position may work well for a member not in the Portland area that would like to be more involved)
    • Member at Large
    • Member Outreach 
    • Workshops Chair

    If you have questions or would like to get your name on the January Ballot email me at or call/text 503-789-2339. 


    Brenda Scott

  • Tue, October 25, 2016 5:53 PM | Meg Turner

    Hi everyone! Come on down and see the beautiful work that the Mount Hood Community College (MHCC) Visual Arts Department students have been doing. You'll see a few OPA members there as well as new and upcoming students who are interested in joining OPA. This is hosted by the MHCC Clay Club, and will have work for sale in ceramics, jewelry, and paintings. All proceeds go to fund ongoing workshops and student events at Mount Hood Community College for the Clay Club.

    Dates are as follows: All 4 days are at the Visual Arts Gallery at 26000 SE Stark St., Gresham, OR. (NE back side of the campus-behind the gym)

    Wed., Dec.7  12-8pm

    Thurs., Dec. 8,  12-8pm

    Fri., Dec.9,  12-8 pm

    Sat., Dec. 10, 12-4 pm 

    December 12,13th noon – 8 pm

    Wed., Dec. 14, noon – 4 pm

    Come join the fun! We look forward to sharing our wares with you! :) Cash and checks only please. There is handicapped parking available in the AM Parking lot (which can be entered from the Kane St. or Stark St. entrances, then followed around to the rear NE corner of the campus. The handicapped parking will be visible in the AM parking lot, as well as signs that will guide patrons to the location once on campus.)

  • Sat, October 15, 2016 7:40 AM | Andy Clift (Administrator)

    OPA member Michael Simmons, and Buckman elementary's art teacher, is the recipient of the Oregon Art Teacher of the Year Award

    Oregon's Art Educator of the year is our own Buckman Elementary Arts Teacher, Michael Simmons. Hear what these 2nd graders think of their award winning teacher.

  • Thu, September 08, 2016 10:00 AM | Andy Clift (Administrator)

    This website is currently being built. Nothing is set in stone, or in clay terms, none of it has been bisque fired. Infact the clay is still wet. Please provide feedback. 

    The above header is not our new logo, but a place holder. Perhaps we can have contest in 2017 where members submit a new logo for our organization. I have decided to not put our melting cone logo on the site because it is time to move forward, so perhaps this will inspire us to come up with something new and better.

    You might be asking, we just got a new website why are we building a new one?

    We are all volunteers that make this organization run. Some of the jobs have gotten quite large, using too many different administrative systems. The board has decided it's time make things more efficient and time to utilize the online tools that are available. The idea behind this new website is that it will not just provide all of our members and potential members, info but it will help facilitate many of the administrative duties that it takes to run the OPA.

    When it's fully functioning you will be able apply for Showcase and other OPA events right here online. As well as, registration or renewal of  your annual OPA membership, making the job to keep track of membership and finances much more efficient. All members will benefit from this new system. So stay tuned.

    Lastly, there are many ways to contribute to build this site. To see what projects need to be worked on, please go to the Website Discussion forum and see how you can help. The more members that can help with a job posted in the discussion forum, the better. 

    Discussion: Building the New Website

     (Must be logged in to access and participate.)

  • Thu, September 08, 2016 8:30 AM | Andy Clift (Administrator)

    There are essential Showcase jobs that need to be filled if we are to present 2017 Ceramic Showcase. The Showcase Steering Committee voted August 9 to guarantee a place in Showcase to any point-position Showcase or OPA Chair, Co-Chair, or Trainee for this coming year only.

    What does this mean? If you are a longtime OPA member with a pile of points and no current job, your position at booth picking is secure, although we encourage you to again bring your skills and take an active role in producing our great show. If you have 15 or fewer points, and have not taken a position of responsibility, you may find that a new member who has assumed a significant position as Chair, Co-Chair, or Trainee may move ahead of you and into the show.

    We are hoping that even though we are moving from 40,000 to 30,000 square feet, there will be a booth for all who wish to participate. Please contact Georgine Longfellow ( to learn about available positions. And remember, you don't need to be Portland-centric for many of these positions. There are jobs for out-of-towners as well!

    Dawn Panttaja and Ginger Steele, Showcase Co-Chairs 2017

    Ceramic Showcase has 2017 Chair positions available!

    We are creating new energy with newer participants volunteering to Chair many Chair openings! Add your energy to the 2017 Show!

    Please email your interest or questions to: Committee Placement Chair Georgine Longfellow Or you can contact Ceramic Showcase Co-Chairs Dawn Panttaja or Ginger Steele with any questions.

    Kiosk Display Chair collect kiosks from storage, install information from Graphics Chair and physically set up Kiosks. Break down and return to storage. Contact previous Chair Michael Simmons with questions.

    Gallery Physical Set Up Chair... Construction skills helpful. Coordinate transportation of Gallery pedestals, walls and lightening from storage to Show. Lead team of participants to build, repair, paint and set up Gallery. Coordinate with other Chairs for return of Gallery to storage unit Sunday night. Contact past Chair Alan Higinbotham with any questions. (This position is being redesigned)

    Graphics Coordinator... Computer and graphics experience, including competence in Photo Shop and at least one design program, and the ability to generate high resolution transportable files for printing. Design and provide files for printing the Information Kiosk. Archive graphics files, print ready tif images, and sponsor logos.

    Truck Driver Trainee... Must have a valid driver’s license. Capable of heavy lifting.
    Rent and drive the truck for transporting pedestals, shelving, etc. to and from OCC to the Showcase storage space or other locations as needed. Schedule trips with committee chairs for the timing and transport of their items. Work with Muscle crew for loading and unloading of the truck.
    Send applications as soon as possible, jobs should be appointed by September 15
    th, 2016.

    Thank you! Georgine Longfellow

  • Thu, September 08, 2016 8:00 AM | Andy Clift (Administrator)

    Hello everyone. It's time to start thinking about running for office. People will be elected in January, but now is the time for folks to ask themselves if they are willing to put their name on the ballot and seriously campaign for the various positions. Our organization needs officers who are committed to the on-going success of the OPA. We are a successful organization. We are vision seekers and problem solvers. We care about our professions as clay artists and teachers and we care about each other as individuals traveling life's bumpy roads. You can keep the momentum going as we examine what works and what does not work for us, as we evolve to meet the changing needs of our membership. Thank you for taking the time to read this announcement and for considering making a commitment to be a leader in this awesome organization.

    Please contact Linda Workman-Morelli or Pamela Beach at for more information. 

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