If you have specific questions about OPA that you would like discussed at this gathering send them to Connie at membershipoutreach@oregonpotters.org


OPA members can now sign up for space in the East Creek Anagama's April-May firing - the last firing of the season! Click here to sign up.

January General Members Meeting Program: Featuring Laurie Childers

Cuban Art Culture, and Why We Do What We Do

January General Members Meeting Program:  

Cuban Art Culture, and Why We Do What We Do

In April/May 2019, OPA member Laurie Childers returned to Cuba for her 5th trip to make ceramic art with other Cuban artists.  With her professional art video journalist friend William Capote from Havana, they created a video called “Aleluya Cuba (work work work).”  She had a theory about why the Cuban art experience is so extraordinary, and wanted to explore it.  
She interviewed artists asking why they make art, what does it feel like when they are making art, and what is the role of art in Cuban culture.  You’ll hear some diverse and thoughtful responses.  (With subtitles, the film is fully bilingual.)

We will watch the <13 minute video as a group, and then have a conversation ourselves about why we make art, what it feels like when we do, and what role art plays in our culture.  This is a participatory event.  We will likely use breakout rooms so that small groups can explore each question in more depth, and then share some favorite answers with the whole group.
If possible, you'll appreciate watching the video in advance, to stimulate being able to articulate your own inner experience.  Enough ideas are expressed that many have wanted to see it more than once.  Go to:  https://youtu.be/OvxkDC9mLFk

With the world in a socially distanced state, the Oregon Potters Association is proactively taking steps to adapt while keeping an eye on 2021 and beyond. This September OPA will be continuing our Online Demonstration Project. We'll have four OPA Members facilitating a demonstration of their ceramic practice. We are excited to continue this project and hope you find these curated sessions both educational and enriching.

Pre-recorded Demonstrations available for purchase!

If you missed our live online demonstrations, you can now purchase the video recordings, which will be emailed to you immediately upon registration.


If you were hoping to find a new treasure at Ceramic Showcase this year, you still can! Many of our artists sell their work online and need your support. Click the link above to  search for your favorite artist and their website using our Artist Directory. If you click their name, you can also find links to their social media accounts, images & descriptions of their work, and more.

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OPA Scholarships

The OPA scholarship 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. 

Applications are due in March.

Clayworks for Community

The OPA Clayworks for Community operates a booth at the Waterfront Blues Festival. Potters and ceramic students of all ages donate their art to be sold at the booth, benefitting the Portland Sunshine Division, which in turn provides food assistance to over 1200 families a month. The Waterfront Blues Festival is held every summer during the July 4th weekend at the Tom McCall Waterfront Park in Portland.

Clay in Ed

The OPA  "Clay in Education" program was created to provide clay instruction by professional potters in the community, and has grown to include clay making activities at Art and Maker Fairs, and to provide support in the form of scholarships for high school students excelling at ceramics. 



Read about the relationship between the OPA and MCAA (Mashiko Ceramics and Arts Association) in Japan.

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