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    • Thu, January 26, 2017
    • Thu, March 30, 2017
    • World Forestry Center, Portland Oregon

    From the Earth  is an OPA member exhibit at The World Forestry Center which will show the connection between the potter and the earth.

    We as potters have a unique relationship to nature; the clay is dug from the ground, molded and reformed in our hands. Every surface treatment used was formed naturally and organically in nature.  We collect elements, calculate and measure each one individually. Our firing methods come from nature: the gas in the kiln, the wood fire, the salt, the soda… at every step we have gathered something natural, every combination creating a unique outcome. Even if we never leave our studios, we are still immersed in nature. 

    At the same time we find that art often mimics nature.  We may press a sea-shell into our work, or find that our plate looks a shell.  Our shapes and surfaces might remind us of mossy bark, a geode, the ocean.  We may be inspired to recreate a geode, a seed pod or a flower… nature is such inspiration!

     The World Forestry Center seeks artwork that demonstrates a distinct connection with nature, by using natural firing methods, surface treatment that represents or mimics natural landscapes, or otherwise displays and tells the story of potter and their relationship with the earth.

    Reception Party for OPA members and the public: Jan. 26, 4-6 pm at Merlo Hall

    Reception party:  The World Forestry Center will host a reception for all OPA members to say thank you for our exhibit. ALL OPA MEMBERS ARE INVITED to the reception party at the World Forestry Center.

    • Fri, March 10, 2017
    • 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Multnomah Arts Center, 7688 Southwest Capitol Highway, Portland,OR

    Greetings to All OPA Members. It's time for our annual showcase booth choosing meeting and scrumptious potluck dinner. The March General Meeting will be Friday, March 10th, starting at 6:30, in the auditorium at the Multnomah Art Center.

    Please bring a dish to share for the potluck: a delicious main dish, a side dish, or a dessert. Come hungry for dinner and great conversation. Bring a plate and fork for your own use. To put items on the meeting agenda contact our President, Linda Workman-Morelli: president@oregonpotters.org 

    We are holding a new election at the March general meeting because our Board needs a vice-president and a secretary. Our By-laws read that a majority of votes cast are needed to confirm election. One write-in vote for Jane or John Doe does not elect either one. Please be serious. We need legitimate candidates. Contact our new Voting Coordinator, Andrea Roselle, to put your name on the ballot. 

    Where: Multnomah Arts Center, 7688 Southwest Capitol Highway,Portland,OR,United States, Auditorium (map)

    6:30pm: potluck + meeting; Multnomah Art Center - Auditorium,doors open @ 6:00pm!

    • Thu, March 16, 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Lane Community College, Eugene OR
    Contact: Kathryn Finnerty

     Ceramics Dept.

    Fee: $30 Please write a check to C.A.S.A or CASH

    You can visit his web site:


    Also check him in Instagram:

    A photo posted by Chris Gustin (@gustinceramics) on

    • Tue, March 21, 2017
    • 10:00 AM
    • Wed, March 22, 2017
    • 5:00 PM
    • Mt. Hood Community College Gresham, Oregon

    Print Registration Form

    Deb Schwartzkopf and Randy Johnston

    ***Pre NCECA Demonstration***
    at Mt. Hood Community College
    Gresham, Oregon (18 miles from downtown Portland)
    Presented by the MHCC Clay Club
    March 20 & 21, 10am- 5pm

    The MHCC Clay Club is proud to host Deb and Randy as they present their Potterriffic life-journeys and work in clay. After short slide talks from each artist (Monday), Deb and Randy will roll up their sleeves, get to work together, and lead us on in adventure in clay and conversations about the Future of Pottery, and the World, In Flux. 

    (Deb and Randy will be working together, simultaneously, in the same space.)

    As much as the MHCC Clay Club would like to be able to offer this to the public for free, it will cost more to host this event than their resources can cover. Thank you for supporting this magnificent community event! Seating is limited to 50 participants each day so please reserve your seat ASAP. 

    Student fee:
    1 day: $25 
    2 days: $40

    OPA Member fee:
    1 day: $45
    2 days: $60

    Regular fee:
    1 day: $55
    2 days: $70

    Any additional financial support (donations) to the MHCC Clay club will be gladly accepted and much appreciated!

    We look forward to gearing up for Portland NCECA with Randy, Deb, and YOU!

    Seating is limited to 50 participants each day so please reserve your seat ASAP.

    For additional registration details and/or to make your reservation, please contact (email is preferred):

    Joe Davis
    Instructor of Art, Ceramics
    Mt. Hood Community College
    26000 SE Stark St.
    Room VA30D
    Gresham, OR 97030
    (503) 491-7149

    Deborah Schwartzkopf was born and raised in Seattle. From 1999-2002 she earned her BA at the University of Alaska and worked for studio potters in the Anchorage area. After a year of independent study at San Diego State University, Deb completed her MFA at Penn State in May of 2005. Since then she has taught at Ohio University, Massachusetts College of Art and Design and the University of Washington. She has worked nationally at the Archie Bray Foundation, Mudflat Studios, the Clay Studio, Pottery Northwest, Watershed, and internationally at San Boa in Jingdezhen, China, the Ceramics Workcenter in Berlin, Germany and taught with the University of Georgia’s study abroad program in Cortona, Italy. Deb teaches workshops and exhibits nationally and internationally. Please visit her studio website http://ratcitystudios.com for upcoming events, classes, studio assistant opportunities, or appointments for visiting her space, Rat City Studios, in Seattle WA.

    Randy Johnston has had an illustrious 45-year career in ceramics. 
    He is recognized internationally as an artist who has pursued functional expression and brought a fresh aesthetic vision to contemporary form, and for his many contributions to the development of wood kiln technology in the United States. He is a retired professor and department chair at the University of Wisconsin, River Falls, where he taught ceramics and drawing. His work has been exhibited internationally and he is the recipient of numerous awards including the Bush Artist Fellowship granted by the Bush foundation in Minnesota and two Visual Artist Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts. Johnston received his MFA from Southern Illinois University and a BFA in Studio Arts from the University of Minnesota where he studied with Warren MacKenzie. He also studied in Japan at the pottery of Shimaoka Tatsuzo who was a student of Shoji Hamada. Johnston has presented hundreds of lectures and guest artist presentations worldwide. He has work in the permanent collections of the Victoria and Albert, London, Minneapolis Art Institute, Boston Museum of fine Arts, Los Angeles County Museum, Nelson Aitkins Museum and numerous International Public and Private collections.

    • Wed, March 22, 2017
    • Sat, March 25, 2017
    • Oregon Convention Center 777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard Portland, OR 97232

    NCECA’s 51st Annual Conference : Future Flux

    This is a NonOPA event, registration is NOT available on this site. 

    For More info go to the NCECA Site

    As journey’s end for Lewis and Clark in the early 19th century, expedition and discovery have framed our imagination of the Pacific Northwest. As we pass beyond NCECA’s first fifty years, the interconnection of mind, materials, and transformation at the heart of ceramic process, art and education can serve as trail heads to our future. Our creative work in the 21st century increasingly engages with hybrid practices, issues of diversity, notions of community and dynamic change. How will more sustainable models of ceramic art and education continue to evolve? What are the essential competencies and capacities for ceramic artists and educators today and for the future? How can we continue to draw from rich historic traditions while reinvigorating their relevance in rapidly changing global societies? Portland, Oregon, a city of rivers, makers, and entrepreneurs is an ideal vantage point from which to investigate these questions and others. Join us at Future Flux and help transport us to the ways that ceramic art and education will continue to matter.

    Phone:(503) 235-7575

    Click here to read the convention center’s sustainability policy
    Click here to read the waste diversion policy

    • Sat, March 25, 2017
    • Oregon and SW Washington

    Application Due Date: March 25, 2017


    The Oregon Potters Association is pleased to announce our 2017 Scholarship Program. This competition is open to all high school juniors and seniors living in Oregon and SW Washington and will award $1000 to a student who shows creative and technical excellence in the field of ceramics. The scholarship will be awarded during a ceremony at the 2017 OPA Ceramics Showcase, the all-clay show that OPA sponsors every spring. This year the show returns to the Oregon Convention Center in Downtown Portland.

    The scholarship funds will be paid directly to the college to which the student is admitted. We recommend that students with exceptional imagination and technical skill enter this competition.


    Entries may be either utilitarian or decorative and must be 75% made of clay. Only one entry per student please.

    The application deadline is March 25, 2017 - you must submit the following:

    Mail you application by USPS mail.

    After the March 25th application deadline, the OPA Board of Directors will perform a preliminary review of submitted images to choose pieces for display at the OPA Ceramics Showcase. Notification of acceptance for display will be emailed by Friday, April 4, 2017.

    Important Dates
    March 27, 2017          Application deadline (online and                                        US mail)
    April   4, 2017             Notification by OPA of                                                             acceptance
    April 19, 2017              Shipped artwork: arrival         deadline
    April 20, 2017             Hand-delivery Oregon                                                          Convention Center
    April 21 – 23, 2017     OPA Ceramic Showcase
    April 22, 2017            Scholarship awarded
    April 23, 2017            Artwork pick-up

    If accepted for display and If student lives within 100 miles of Portland

    • Piece must be hand delivered to the Oregon Convention Center, on Thursday April 20, 2017, between the hours of 2:00 and 7:00 pm.
    • Piece must be picked-up on Sunday April 23, 2017, between 4:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. Showcase closes at 5:00 p.m.

    If student lives further than 100 miles from Portland:

    • Piece may be shipped. If shipped, it must arrive before April 20, 2017, and must include a pre-paid, self-addressed return label or contact information for the person who will collect the piece on Sunday, April 23rd. Please bubble wrap and double-box to insure against breakage, per UPS or FedEx instructions.
    • OPA is not responsible for insurance or for breakage during shipping. OPA will return-ship the piece using the boxes in which the work arrived.

    Ship piece to:
    Sandra Toussaint
    20699 NE Glisan St. #219
    Fairview, OR 97024

    The High School Scholarship winner will be chosen by a jury of professional ceramic artists. The awards ceremony will be held at the show on the evening of Saturday, April 22nd. The winner’s name will be posted on the OPA website:

    For general info on OPA Scholarships www.oregonpotters.org/opa-scholarships.html

    Immediate relatives of OPA members are not eligible for the scholarship

    Questions? Email: hsscholarship@oregonpotters.org

    • Fri, April 21, 2017
    • Sun, April 23, 2017
    • 3 sessions
    • Oregon Convention Center, Portland Oregon

    Oregon Potters Association

    Ceramic Showcase 
    April 21, 22, 23,  2017

    Friday 10-7

    Saturday 10-5 

    Sunday 10-4

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