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  • 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

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  • 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 (potsbygeorge@yahoo.com) 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 potsbygeorge@yahoo.com Or you can contact Ceramic Showcase Co-Chairs Dawn Panttaja lostdolls@hotmail.com or Ginger Steele gingersteele@insomniapottery.com with any questions.

    Kiosk Display Chair ...help 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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