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    • Sat, September 19, 2020
    • 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM (PDT)
    • Oaks Amusement Park, Portland, OR
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    You’re invited to the OPA



    All who love clay are invited to celebrate the Oregon Potters’ Association’s 40thyear! It’s going to be an epic gathering of potters, clay nerds, ceramic carvers, and kiln techies and we will dance to the music of our association's birth - the 80s!  It’s a party where clay unifies us as we revel in our common experiences.  Help us remember the past and talk about the future at the Historic Pavilion at Oaks Amusement Park in SE Portland September 19 2020. We hope every Potter and Ceramic Artist in the area joins us to celebrate!

    We feed you dinner and drinks. You bring your smiling face, a plate for the plate exchange, and some anecdotes about OPA, clay, and/or 1980

    Dressing up is encouraged, but dressing down is fine too. Or you can dress as your favorite 1980s character (Magnum PI? Devo? Mount Saint Helens? Someone from The Empire Strikes Back?). If you like to dance, we’ll play your favorite 80s music!

    We are still working on the details, but think about these things: Food! Dessert! Wine & Beer! Photo Booths! Dancing! 80s music! Costumes! New Plates! Weird Ceramic Raffle Items!

    You don’t have to be a member of OPA to come to our party- if you like clay, we like you! Join us for the evening! Questions? Contact Deborah Shapiro or Janet Buskirk, ShapiroPorcelain@yahoo.com, JanetBuskirk@gmail.com.

    $21 per person (includes $1 processing fee)

    Saturday September 19, 2020, 6-10pm

    At the Historic Pavilion at Oaks Amusement Park in Portland

    Register between April 15 and August 15, 2020.

    Should postponing the event be necessary, the committee will decide this by August 19th and offer all attendees a refund.

    • Wed, September 23, 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM (PDT)
    • Online, Zoom link will be emailed
    • 45

    I will demo the throwing and altering of a tall cylinder . The throwing of a round lid and flange to attach to the squared cylinder and its sizing .The extrudes of parts for applied feet and attaching . The throwing of a knob and its manipulation. A discussion about clay, slips and the final glaze treatment.

    You will learn:

    The ease to discover and expand simple thrown shapes into more complcated shapes. The use of dies and extrudes to make editions to your work. The idea of engineering and planning to broaden your view of what can be made as a potter.

    Materials needed:

    A notebook for taking notes and drawing ideas, and slip glaze info

    • Thu, October 01, 2020
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM (PDT)
    • Online, Zoom link will be emailed
    • 50

    The use of decals for surface design on ceramics is one of many ways to transfer imagery onto clay. Both commercially made and individually produced decals can provide a range of colors, photographic likenesses, and detailed imagery. In this course, Alicia Craft will introduce the fundamentals of ceramic decals: appropriate application, tips to avoid problematic transfer issues, firing work, and problem solving. Alicia will also discuss how she creates the decals she uses within her own work, altering and adjusting imagery for crisp transfers. Please note, this course will not go into depth on Photoshop or other image editing software which is largely outside of the scope of the allotted time.

    You will learn:

    1) Discuss varieties of decals available to ceramic artist which can be fired onto clay

    2) Decal application and problem solving

    3) Firing variables, potential defects, and testing

    Materials needed:

    No materials are required to learn the decal application process. However, if participants would like to apply decals alongside the workshop demonstration:

    • Fully fired ceramic item- glazed or unglazed (no bisqueware)
    • Pre-made ceramic decals
    • Container with clean water
    • Clean sponge
    • Scissors

    • Tue, October 06, 2020
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM (PDT)
    • Virtual Meeting on Zoom

    Join us for our virtual meeting! 

    Topic: OPA | Board Meeting Room

    Join Zoom Meeting

    Meeting ID: 924 4614 1847
    Dial in number: 253 215 8782

    • Wed, October 07, 2020
    • 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM (PDT)
    • Online, Zoom Link Will Be Emailed
    • 47

    In my workshop I will be taking the audience through my process of making mugs, bowls and plates. I will show how I throw, trim, pull handles and glaze/decorate. I will move swiftly through each process as I do on a normal day and describe what I’m doing as I work.

    You will learn:

    Learning how to work in a flow state. Finding efficient throwing, trimming and glazing techniques. Learning what’s going on inside Dwayne’s head while he’s making pottery!

    Materials needed:

    A notebook and pen

    • Tue, October 20, 2020
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM (PDT)
    • Virtual Meeting on Zoom

    Join us for our virtual meeting! 

    Topic: OPA | Board Meeting Room

    Join Zoom Meeting

    Meeting ID: 924 4614 1847
    Dial in number: 253 215 8782

    • Tue, November 03, 2020
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM (PST)
    • Virtual Meeting on Zoom

    Join us for our virtual meeting! 

    Topic: OPA | Board Meeting Room

    Join Zoom Meeting

    Meeting ID: 924 4614 1847
    Dial in number: 253 215 8782

    • Sat, November 07, 2020
    • 9:30 AM (PST)
    • Sat, November 28, 2020
    • 6:00 PM (PST)
    • Willamina, OR

    Join the East Creek Anagama firing crew in firing your pots for 5 days and nights in Willamina, OR. Each firing will be led by experienced wood fire-ers and provide the opportunity to learn, connect, and serve your inner pyro. Sign up for your chance to participate in November's firing! 

    Your Pots: You can sign up for up to 2 cubic feet in each firing- a second purchase opportunity for more space will come as each firing approaches, if space allows.

    Loading: Your bisque fired pieces must arrive at East Creek by 9:30am on Saturday, November 7. Opportunities for portland drop off and for in person delivery will be available. In case of COVID escalation, a pickup service may be established. The OPA will help to organize these logistics for each firing.

    The firing: You'll have the opportunity to visit the firing Nov. 10-15. An online scheduling mechanism will be available.

    Your finished pots: Unloading will take place on Saturday, November 28, Thanksgiving weekend. An online scheduler will be available to participants for socially-distanced pickup times.

    This offering is available for OPA members only.

    • Tue, November 17, 2020
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM (PST)
    • Virtual Meeting on Zoom

    Join us for our virtual meeting! 

    Topic: OPA | Board Meeting Room

    Join Zoom Meeting

    Meeting ID: 924 4614 1847
    Dial in number: 253 215 8782

    • Tue, December 01, 2020
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM (PST)
    • Virtual Meeting on Zoom

    Join us for our virtual meeting! 

    Topic: OPA | Board Meeting Room

    Join Zoom Meeting

    Meeting ID: 924 4614 1847
    Dial in number: 253 215 8782

    • Tue, December 15, 2020
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM (PST)
    • Virtual Meeting on Zoom

    Join us for our virtual meeting! 

    Topic: OPA | Board Meeting Room

    Join Zoom Meeting

    Meeting ID: 924 4614 1847
    Dial in number: 253 215 8782

    • Thu, December 31, 2020
    • (PST)
    • Online, Link Will Be Emailed Immediately Upon Purchase

    Handles are like chess, simple to learn but difficult to master. An intentional handle can really elevate the most basic form. Come join me in this 2 hour hands-on workshop as I demonstrate and articulate my view points on what makes a successful handle. We'll primarily focus on pulling a handle off of the mug with an emphasis on harmony and function. There will be time at the end to practice the techniques demonstrated while sharing your video feed to receive feedback.

    You Will Learn:

    1. How to pull a handle off the mug.
    2. Why handles need more attention than the actual vessel.
    3. How to find balance and harmony through your handle on a difficult form.

    Suggested for Workshop:

    • Leather hard mug
    • Wedged ball of clay - 1 lb
    • Scoring tool
    • Sponge
    • Water
    • Clay Journal for notes

    This is a video recording of a workshop which took place on July 8th, 2020. Run time is 2:00:22. 

    A link to the cloud-based video recording will be sent in the payment confirmation email. The video link will expire on 1/1/2021.

    This listing is for personal use only. For non-personal use & licensing questions, please contact president@oregonpotters.org.

    Final sale, no refunds permitted.

    • Fri, April 30, 2021
    • 10:00 AM (PDT)
    • Sun, May 02, 2021
    • 4:00 PM (PDT)
    • Portland Convention Center, 777 NE MLK Blvd Hall A & A1, Portland, Oregon

    Ceramic Showcase 

    Join us for the 38th Annual Ceramic Showcase!  

    This three day event showcases over 150 Oregon Potters Association members who make sculptures, wall art and functional pottery for the home, garden, and work. Special areas for children to play with clay and pottery demonstrations run throughout the show.

    Ceramic Showcase is joined by the Gathering of the Guilds: Creative Metal Arts Guild, Guild of Oregon Woodworkers, Pacific Northwest Glass Guild, Oregon Potters Association, Portland Bead Society and Portland Handweavers Guild.

    Admission is free 

    Show Hours

    • Friday, April 30 - 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

    • Saturday, May 1st - 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

    • Sunday, May 2nd - 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


    • Daily artist demonstrations

    • Family-friendly crafts & education

    • NEW – Visit our Emerging Artists booth

    • This year’s fundraising installation theme is “Plant A Little Love.” A wide variety of planters – from indoor to outdoor, tabletop to wall mounted, with and without plants – will be created and donated by OPA members. Proceeds from the sale will go towards the OPA Clay in Education fund and will be available for purchase in the OPA donations booth.

    • Hourly door prizes 11am-4pm each day

    • Gift certificate drawing twice a day

    You could win a $50 Ceramic Showcase Gift Certificate! Fill out a mailing list form and drop it in one of the collection boxes located throughout the show. Names will be drawn at 1pm and 5pm Friday, 12pm and 4pm Saturday, and 12pm and 3pm Sunday.

Past events

Tue, September 15, 2020 Board Meeting Tuesday September 15th
Wed, September 09, 2020 Monster Making with James DeRosso
Sat, September 05, 2020 Call for Artist: Art In The Pearl Fine Arts & Crafts Festival
Tue, September 01, 2020 Board Meeting Tuesday September 1st
Tue, August 18, 2020 Board Meeting Tuesday August 18th
Tue, August 04, 2020 Board Meeting Tuesday August 4th
Wed, July 29, 2020 Online Workshop: Pierced Vessel with Amy Fields
Wed, July 22, 2020 Online Workshop: Making a Lidded Jar for an Atmospheric Firing with Chris Baskin
Tue, July 21, 2020 Board Meeting Tuesday July 21st
Wed, July 15, 2020 Online Workshop: Pinch and Pull Your Cat: Simple Sculpting with Carrie Kitzke
Wed, July 08, 2020 Online Workshop: Can You Handle It? with Samuel Newman
Tue, July 07, 2020 Board Meeting Tuesday July 7th
Tue, June 16, 2020 Board Meeting Tuesday June 16th
Tue, June 02, 2020 Board Meeting Tuesday June 2nd
Tue, May 05, 2020 Board Meeting Tuesday May 5th
Tue, April 07, 2020 Board Meeting Tuesday April 7th
Fri, April 03, 2020 OPA Wood Firing at East Creek Anagama - Special Member Selection
Wed, April 01, 2020 2020 Ray Grimm Memorial Award Application
Fri, March 13, 2020 First OPA Showcase Installation Workshop
Fri, March 06, 2020 MARCH 6TH Showcase Booth Picking Meeting & General Meeting
Tue, March 03, 2020 Board Meeting Tuesday March 3rd
Sat, February 15, 2020 Northwest Wood Fire Conference Payment
Wed, January 22, 2020 Design, Innovation and Function – A two day workshop with visiting artist Jen Allen
Fri, January 10, 2020 General Members Meeting
Sat, November 30, 2019 OPA Holiday Sale
Fri, November 15, 2019 November General Meeting
Fri, November 08, 2019 OPA Fall Fair
Fri, October 11, 2019 Open Studios for National Clay Week
Sun, September 15, 2019 OPA Picnic
Sat, September 07, 2019 OPA At OMSI
Mon, September 02, 2019 OPA Tent at Art In The Pearl
Sun, August 25, 2019 Showcase Visions Meeting
Thu, July 04, 2019 Call to Artists - Blues Festival Booth
Sat, June 29, 2019 ALTERED REALITIES: A Workshop with Hanna Traynham & Sarah Chenoweth Davis
Mon, June 03, 2019 Board Meetings
Fri, May 10, 2019 May General Meeting
Sat, April 27, 2019 Showcase/Hokkaido Party
Fri, April 26, 2019 Ceramic Showcase
Mon, April 15, 2019 Call for Entry! The Shape of Clay: Selections from the Oregon Potters Association
Mon, April 01, 2019 Ray Grimm Award Application
Sun, March 31, 2019 Kris Paul Workshop
Sat, March 23, 2019 2019 OPA Scholarship Application
Fri, March 08, 2019 Booth Picking Meeting
Sun, March 03, 2019 Justice Center Window Display
Tue, February 26, 2019 Program Coordinators Meeting
Sat, February 23, 2019 Pet Bowl workshop at Wagon Wheel Pottery Studio
Sun, February 17, 2019 Pet Bowl Workshop @ Rhoda Fleischman's Studio
Sat, February 09, 2019 Pet Bowl Workshop @ James DeRosso's *Collaborative Fundraiser Event*
Sat, January 26, 2019 Stephanie Burton Workshop at MHCC
Fri, January 11, 2019 January Volunteer Appreciation & Elections Party
Sat, November 10, 2018 OPA Fall Fair
Fri, November 09, 2018 General Meeting with guest Jim Wylder presenting Studio Hacks
Wed, September 26, 2018 (copy) Ceramic Showcase 2018 Application
Sun, September 16, 2018 2018 OPA Sunday Picnic & Saturday Pit-Fire
Sat, September 08, 2018 Create your own clay tools with Janet Buskirk. Hands on workshop
Tue, August 28, 2018 *Free* Interactive Pigments workshop 12:00-2:00, Ceramic Showcase Visions meeting 2:30 - 5:30
Fri, July 13, 2018 July Program: Hokkaido exhibitors share their experience in Japan and General Membership Meeting
Wed, July 04, 2018 Empty Bowls at the 2018 Waterfront Blues Festival
Sat, June 09, 2018 OPA Members and Friends Gathering
Tue, June 05, 2018 Monthly Board Meeting - 1st Tuesday of Each Month
Fri, April 27, 2018 2018 Ceramic Showcase & Northwest Potters Interpret Their World
Fri, April 27, 2018 Ceramic Showcase 2018 Application
Tue, April 03, 2018 April Board Meeting
Fri, March 09, 2018 March General Meeting.
Tue, March 06, 2018 March Board Meeting
Sat, March 03, 2018 Free hands on "Peace Poles" Workshop#4: Boring, OR
Sat, February 17, 2018 Free hands on "Peace Poles" Workshop: Brownsville, OR
Sat, February 17, 2018 Free hands on "Peace Poles" Workshop: Lincoln City, OR
Tue, February 06, 2018 Board Meeting
Sun, February 04, 2018 (FULL) Free hands on "Peace Poles" Workshop: Portland, OR
Fri, January 19, 2018 OPA General Meeting + Presentation: Your Online Presence
Tue, December 05, 2017 December OPA Board Meeting
Thu, November 30, 2017 Help Wanted - Board Positions and Team Jobs
Wed, November 15, 2017 2017 Online OPA Holiday Season Studio Sale Guide
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 2018 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
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
Wed, June 07, 2017 Hokkaido show/Japan Travel - June 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
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 Ceramic Showcase 2017 Application
Tue, November 15, 2016 Call for Entries: From the Earth
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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