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    • Wed, November 15, 2017
    • Sat, December 30, 2017
    • Oregon and Southern Washington
    Registration is closed

    Be a part of the 2017 Online OPA Holiday Season Studio Sale Guide. Theres not a lot of time to sign up, so take a moment to gather your info and pictures and submit them so you can be a part of this years guide. The printed guide has been canceled this year, and I just volunteered to try something different. The production of an online holiday guide with email and social network marketing.

    Information from Michelle Gallager about the preceding printed Holiday Guide.

    "Due to low interest, and rising printing costs, as well as concerns that the guide was not as effective as hoped, I cancelled it this year. 

    I produced the guide for about 10 years, and the number of participants varied from 10 to15, which always provided a good selection of events in the 2000-2500 printed guides. There were a few who did it every year along with a changing number of new participants who joined in. Last year I decided to go with color images which increased the cost significantly. Participants appreciated the color guides, but did not notice a significant increase in sales." 

    Michelle volunteered to put this printed guide for the last 10 years because she believed it was a project that was important to our members.

    Well, I agree this is an important service for OPA members and that is why I volunteered to take it over. It will be a lot easier and cheaper to put together online. All members can participate including those who live outside of Portland, and we will co-op the fee and put it towards online advertising, mainly on Facebook. Which can be extremely effective and focused on an audience that has interest in ceramics.

    Also, we will need your help utilizing social networks that you use by sharing this online guide with all of your friends and followers, it would also be great if you sent an email to your email list announcing the guide. We will also send email announcements to our customer email list.

    We'll send out more info on effective social network marketing after the registration period has concluded.

    The link for the guide will be here: www.oregonpotters.org/Holiday-Season-Studio-Sale-Guide

    • The guide will include 3 of your images.
    • Must be a 2017 OPA member to be listed in this guide.
    • This guide is online only and will not include printed postcards.
    • Payment  for the fee must be done by credit card online
    • Thu, November 30, 2017
    • Wed, January 17, 2018

    Volunteer Opportunity! 

    We are an all-volunteer run organization and we need your help to keep things going!  Register here if you would like to be involved and help guide OPA into the future. Your name will be added to the ballot.  Elections will take place at the January 19th member meeting at the Multnomah Arts Center. 

    Current Openings:
    Ceramic Showcase Chair
    OPA Board Secretary
    Treasurer trainee
    Membership Director
    Membership Team
    Social Media and Communications Team
    Video Librarian
    Voting Coordinator

    Be involved! 

    Get to know other members, learn new skills, and utilize the skills you already have.  Put your ideas and talents to good use, and help guide the OPA into the future.

    As a member of the OPA, what are some things that you would you like to see?

    -More selling opportunities and visibility?
    -Opportunities to hang out with and meet other potters?
    -A chance to learn some new techniques from expert artists?

    Join us and help make it happen.

    Thinking about a position but you're feeling unsure?  Email Linda or Becky and we can go over the job details with you.

    • Fri, April 27, 2018
    • Sun, April 29, 2018
    • Oregon Convention Center

    Deadline to Apply: November 15, 2017

    Please click the links below for information about this application. If you have questions about the application, contact Chris McClelland the Showcase Register, at 971.242.9337.

    • Fri, June 22, 2018
    • 12:00 PM
    • Mon, July 16, 2018
    • Sapporo, Japan

    The Hokkaido Pottery Society has invited the OPA to exhibit 30 pieces to be included in their 2018 exhibit at the Sapporo Contemporary Art Museum, Sapporo, Japan.  This is part of a cultural exchange program that started in 2008, when the OPA invited members of the HPS to exhibit at Ceramic Showcase.  This will be our third exhibit with the HPS in Sapporo.

    Rooted in Clay- Ceramics from the Pacific Northwest”

    The Hokkaido Pottery Society in Sapporo, Japan has invited the OPA to exhibit 30 pieces alongside works by the HPS in their coming 2018 exhibition.  The exhibit will be held in the Sapporo Museum of Contemporary Art within the Sapporo Art Park

    This will be an exhibit that showcases masterful works reflecting the breadth and scope of our membership and ceramics in the Pacific Northwest.

    Download and read very important info in the packet below, with dates and detailed information about the call


    • Application Deadline: Jan 7th, 2018
    • Must be images of actual pieces to go to Japan.
    • Submit up to three digital images of three individual ceramic pieces. 
    • Bio for catalogue due with application
    • $30 application fee
    • 30 pieces will be selected by jurors Brett Binford, Donna Cole, and Wally Schwab
    • Deadline to deliver accepted works: Jan 19 (USPS) Jan 21 (hand delivered)
    • Artists are NOT required to travel to Japan
    • Any OPA member may travel to Japan even if they will not have work in the show.  You can participate in group tours and events.
    • Participating artists will have image of artwork, headshot and brief bio included with exhibition catalog. All participants will receive a copy of the catalogue.
    Please read ALL of the info in the following packet:
    Register online to apply, and email your images to rebeccafclark@me.com when you have finished your registration process.

    To learn more about Sapporo, and the Art-Park where the exhibit will be, visit: http://www.sapporo.travel/?lang=en

Past events

Tue, December 05, 2017 December OPA Board Meeting
Fri, November 10, 2017 OPA General Meeting + Presentation: Thoughts on Contemporary Japanese Clay An illustrated lecture by Maribeth Graybill, Ph.D.
Wed, October 25, 2017 Travel Survey for Exhibition Entrants
Sat, September 16, 2017 2017 OPA PICNIC Wine Tasting and Pit Firing
Sat, September 16, 2017 Clay in Ed Booth at OMSI Makers Faire
Thu, August 10, 2017 Board Meeting
Fri, July 14, 2017 OPA Group Buy Summer 2017
Fri, July 14, 2017 OPA General Meeting + Round Table Technical Discussions
Fri, June 30, 2017 Empty Bowls
Tue, June 20, 2017 OPA/JAPAN Exhibit - Intent to Apply
Fri, June 16, 2017 Throwathon for Empty Bowls
Thu, June 08, 2017 Program Coordinators and Board Meeting
Fri, May 12, 2017 OPA General Meeting + Presentation: Dennis Meiners - Ceramics in the Time of Climate Change
Mon, May 08, 2017 Hokkaido Meeting
Fri, May 05, 2017 The Art and Culture of Japan Exhibition
Fri, April 21, 2017 Ceramic Showcase 2017
Wed, April 05, 2017 Info Meeting - Opportunity: show and/or travel in Sapporo, Japan 2018
Tue, April 04, 2017 April Board & Program Coordinators Meeting
Sat, March 25, 2017 2017 OPA Scholarship
Wed, March 22, 2017 NCECA
Mon, March 20, 2017 Deb Schwartzkopf and Randy Johnston Pre-NCECA Workshop
Thu, March 16, 2017 One day demo workshop by Chris Gustin
Fri, March 10, 2017 OPA General Meeting: Choose Showcase Booth/Election II and Potluck
Thu, March 09, 2017 Showcase and NCECA Host Sign Up
Sun, February 12, 2017 The Birds and the Bees - Showcase Installation Workshop, Showcase Meeting
Thu, February 09, 2017 February Board and Program Coordinators Meeting
Mon, January 30, 2017 Call for Entries: Art and Culture of Japan
Thu, January 26, 2017 Exhibition: From the Earth
Fri, January 20, 2017 MEETING UPDATE: OPA General Meeting has been postponed to January 20,2017 + Potluck + Elections + Panel Presentation: The Enduring Vitality of Ceramics in Japan
Thu, December 29, 2016 December Board & Program Coordinators Meeting
Mon, December 05, 2016 Call for Entries: Keep Portland Wared: Pottery in the Pacific Northwest
Sat, November 19, 2016 2016 OPA Holiday Season Studio Sale Guide
Fri, November 18, 2016 November OPA General Meeting / The Beauty of Porcelain: Carving, Altering, Chattering
Tue, November 15, 2016 Call for Entries: From the Earth
Tue, November 15, 2016 Ceramic Showcase 2017 Application
Fri, November 04, 2016 OPA Photo Shoot
Thu, October 20, 2016 Special Workshop "Wild Apricot" The New OPA Website
Mon, October 03, 2016 October Board and Program Coordinators Meeting
Sun, September 18, 2016 OPA Picnic Celebration

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