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    • Wed, April 07, 2021
    • (PDT)
    • Fri, April 30, 2021
    • (PDT)

    Friends and Potters - the Clay Compound needs your help!

    We are building a kiln and need to raise $700 to pour a concrete pad for our kiln's foundation.

    Over the past 5 years, we've slowly been accumulating bricks, dreaming about the future, and building community at the Clay Compound. We are excited to announce that it's time for our next kiln building project. We have the materials, know-how, drive, and motivation, but our first step is to raise around $700 to pour our foundation in the next month. If you are able to support our big clay life with a donation of $50, we will be forever grateful. If you are able to give more, THANK YOU! If you are able to give less, THANK YOU! A donation today will be recorded in our upcoming fundraising efforts. We'll be pre-selling pots from our maiden firing, which we hope to fire in the fall of 2021-- more information on that to come as we move forward with this exciting endeavor!

    If you want to get involved or learn about our building plans, send an email to Samuel Newman - President@oregonpotters.org



    • Sat, April 24, 2021
    • 9:30 AM (PDT)
    • Sat, May 15, 2021
    • 6:00 PM (PDT)
    • Willamina, OR
    Registration is closed

    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 a spring firing! 

    Firing Style: TBD, depending on what we learn in the November through March firings. The firing could range from hot and glassy to a medium sized strike. In all cases, our goal will be to keep functional glazes functional.

    Your Pots: Each member can sign up for 1-2 CF. If there is space available closer to the firing date, we will allow members to purchase additional CF.

    Loading: Your bisque fired pieces must arrive at East Creek by 9:30am on Saturday, April 24. 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: Depending on COVID, you may have the opportunity to visit the firing April 27-May 2. An online scheduling mechanism will be available.

    Your finished pots: Unloading will take place on Saturday, May 15. An online scheduler will be available to participants for socially-distanced pickup times.

    This offering is available for OPA members only.




    • Tue, May 04, 2021
    • 7:00 PM (PDT)
    • Zoom Link in Description

    Join us for our virtual meeting! 

    Topic: OPA | Board Meeting Room

    Join Zoom Meeting
    https://zoom.us/j/92446141847

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


    • Tue, June 08, 2021
    • 7:00 PM (PDT)
    • Zoom Link in Description

    Join us for our virtual meeting! 

    Topic: OPA | Board Meeting Room

    Join Zoom Meeting
    https://zoom.us/j/92446141847

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


    • Tue, July 06, 2021
    • 7:00 PM (PDT)
    • Zoom Link in Description

    Join us for our virtual meeting! 

    Topic: OPA | Board Meeting Room

    Join Zoom Meeting
    https://zoom.us/j/92446141847

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


    • Tue, August 10, 2021
    • 7:00 PM (PDT)
    • Zoom Link in Description

    Join us for our virtual meeting! 

    Topic: OPA | Board Meeting Room

    Join Zoom Meeting
    https://zoom.us/j/92446141847

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


    • Tue, September 07, 2021
    • 7:00 PM (PDT)
    • Zoom Link in Description

    Join us for our virtual meeting! 

    Topic: OPA | Board Meeting Room

    Join Zoom Meeting
    https://zoom.us/j/92446141847

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


    • Tue, October 05, 2021
    • 7:00 PM (PDT)
    • Zoom Link in Description

    Join us for our virtual meeting! 

    Topic: OPA | Board Meeting Room

    Join Zoom Meeting
    https://zoom.us/j/92446141847

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


    • Tue, November 09, 2021
    • 7:00 PM (PST)
    • Zoom Link in Description

    Join us for our virtual meeting! 

    Topic: OPA | Board Meeting Room

    Join Zoom Meeting
    https://zoom.us/j/92446141847

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


    • Tue, December 07, 2021
    • 7:00 PM (PST)
    • Zoom Link in Description

    Join us for our virtual meeting! 

    Topic: OPA | Board Meeting Room

    Join Zoom Meeting
    https://zoom.us/j/92446141847

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


    • Fri, December 31, 2021
    • (PST)
    • Online, Link Will Be Emailed Immediately Upon Purchase
    Register

    This is a video recording of a demonstration 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 12/31/2021.

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

    Final sale, no refunds permitted.


    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. 

    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



    • Fri, December 31, 2021
    • (PST)
    • Online, Link Will Be Emailed Immediately Upon Purchase
    Register

    This is a video recording of a demonstration which took place on July 8th, 2020. Run time is 1:01:11. 

    A link to the cloud-based video recording will be sent in the payment confirmation email. The video link will expire on 12/31/2021.

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

    Final sale, no refunds permitted.


    In this workshop I’ll share my passion for forming pieces for atmospheric kilns. Showing some of my favorite clay forming techniques, (coil and throw additions, faceting, and cutting feet), I'll demonstrate a technique I’ve personalized for making a lidded jar.

    Interwoven with the forming of clay is the birth and life of ideas, creation of personal meaning, of community and world.  As an artist/potter I work and play with these concerns using tools of metaphor, analogy, and critical thought.

    How do we move work and ideas forward?  What touchstones provide insight and perspective for ceramic artists?  How do we connect deeply to both the larger human story, and our contemporary context.  I’ll share how histories, myths, and traditions all inform and root my personal studio practice and fill a reservoir from which to draw.

    You Will Learn:

    1. Technique to make an enclosed form become a lidded jar on a potters wheel.
    2. How to fit slips to clays and utilize crackle slips for bisque and green-ware.
    3. Ways for listening to, learning from and moving forward with your work.



    • Fri, December 31, 2021
    • (PST)
    • Online, Link Will Be Emailed Immediately Upon Purchase
    Register

    This is a video recording of a demonstration which took place on September 9th, 2020. Run time is 2:02:45. 

    This class is discounted due to some issues with the audio in the first ~4 minutes of the recording, due to some attendees not being muted.

    A link to the cloud-based video recording will be sent in the payment confirmation email. The video link will expire on 12/31/2021.

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

    Final sale, no refunds permitted.


    In less than two hours you will create your own clay monster. The tools and techniques are very basic and the workshop is suitable for kids and adults. Detailed instruction and demonstration will be given to guide you through the entire process of making your own original creature of disgust. Instruction will also be given on how to stain and glaze, or how to use paints to add a wash and colors.

    You will learn:

    Participants will learn expert monster making techniques, along with basics in forming and joining clay parts. Instruction will also be given in figurative sculpting and posturing to express personality and emotion. There will be detailed demonstrations of texturing and monster appendage making.

    Materials needed:

    • ceramic clay - White Salmon with grog or a low-fire white clay body
    • air-dry clay if not firing in a kiln
    • 2 chopsticks (1 that is round at both ends, 1 that has a square end)
    • 2 round toothpicks
    • small water dish
    • small work board - hardy-backer/mason board, or wood, or a porous type surface
    • ceramic stain - iron oxide or a mix of iron and copper oxide
    • ceramic underglaze - "Duncan Concepts" - red, green, blue, yellow, black, white
    • acrylic paints if using non-fire clay
    • small paint brushes
    • Fri, December 31, 2021
    • (PST)
    • Online, Link Will Be Emailed Immediately Upon Purchase
    Register

    This is a video recording of a demonstration which took place on September 23rd, 2020. Run time is 1:46:40. 

    A link to the cloud-based video recording will be sent in the payment confirmation email. The video link will expire on 12/31/2021.

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

    Final sale, no refunds permitted.

    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

    • Fri, December 31, 2021
    • (PST)
    • Online, Link Will Be Emailed Immediately Upon Purchase
    Register

    This is a video recording of a demonstration which took place on October 7th, 2020. Run time is 1:21:47. 

    A link to the cloud-based video recording will be sent in the payment confirmation email. The video link will expire on 12/31/2021.

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

    Final sale, no refunds permitted.


    During the demo I walk the participants through the different components and throwing processes involved in making a sauerkraut crock for fermenting cabbage. The participants will learn to make the vessel along with the lid and knob as well as ceramic weights.

    Materials needed:

    A notebook and pen

    • Fri, December 31, 2021
    • (PST)
    • Online, Link Will Be Emailed Immediately Upon Purchase
    Register

    This is a video recording of a demonstration which took place on October 14th, 2020. Run time is 2:05:57. 

    A link to the cloud-based video recording will be sent in the payment confirmation email. The video link will expire on 12/31/2021.

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

    Final sale, no refunds permitted.

    Decal application is a fresh and exciting way to transfer images onto clay. The options are limitless - 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 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 in depth on Photoshop or other image editing software which is largely outside of the scope of the allotted time.


    You will learn:

    1) The variety of decals available to the ceramic artist 
    2) Decal application and problem solving
    3) Firing variables, potential defects, and testing


    Materials needed:
    No materials are required to learn about 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

    • Fri, December 31, 2021
    • (PST)
    • Online, Link Will Be Emailed Immediately Upon Purchase
    Register

    This is a video recording of a demonstration which took place on July 29th, 2020. Run time is 1:50:24. 

    A link to the cloud-based video recording will be sent in the payment confirmation email. The video link will expire on 12/31/2021.

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

    Final sale, no refunds permitted.


    In this workshop Amy will demonstrate her process in creating a pierced vessel. Amy's vessels begin on the wheel and are pierced just after trimming. Amy will discuss various tools used in the cut out process and ideal stages of dryness of the pot as it is carved. She will also go over cleaning the burrs after piercing.

    You Will Learn:

    1. Ideal stage of dryness of the vessel to pierce.
    2. Tools and techniques for creating an evenly spaced pierced vessel.
    3. Cleaning rough edges before firing.

    Materials Needed:

    • A small thin vessel, something that might hold approximately 8oz.
    • Hole and/or shape cutters.
    • Water and a small smooth sponge.

Past events

Tue, April 06, 2021 OPA Board Meeting
Wed, March 31, 2021 Online Demonstration: Robot Monster with Metal Parts with James DeRosso
Wed, March 24, 2021 Online Demonstration: How to Make a Copper Repoussé for Clay with Michael Simmons
Wed, March 17, 2021 Online Demonstration: Illustrative Pots - A Deep Dive in Surface Exploration with Jess Faulk
Fri, March 12, 2021 General Members Meeting March 12th
Wed, March 10, 2021 Online Demonstration: Pinch, Pull and Push Your Cat: Simple Sculpting with Carrie Kitzke of Studio Mimmi Ceramics
Tue, March 02, 2021 OPA Board Meeting
Sat, February 27, 2021 East Creek Anagama March Firing
Wed, February 17, 2021 Gathering for New Members!
Tue, February 02, 2021 OPA Board Meeting
Fri, January 29, 2021 Register for Ceramic Showcase 2021
Sat, January 23, 2021 MHCC Clay Club presents Form, Function, and Personal Expression: An exploration of Slab Building and Airbrush Techniques for Electric and Atmospheric Firings
Fri, January 15, 2021 January 15th General Members Meeting 7:00pm
Sat, January 09, 2021 East Creek Anagama Reduction-Cooled January Firing
Tue, December 01, 2020 Board Meeting Tuesday December 1st
Fri, November 20, 2020 OPA General Members Meeting Friday Nov. 20th 6:30pm
Wed, November 18, 2020 Tiny Treasure Swap!
Sat, November 07, 2020 East Creek Anagama November Firing
Tue, November 03, 2020 Board Meeting Tuesday November 3rd
Sat, October 24, 2020 MHCC Making Marks Free Webinars
Wed, October 14, 2020 Intro to Image Transfer through Decal Application with Alicia Craft
Wed, October 07, 2020 Making Sauerkraut Crocks with Dwayne Sackey
Tue, October 06, 2020 Board Meeting Tuesday October 6th
Sat, October 03, 2020 OPA Fall Pop-up in Salem
Wed, September 23, 2020 How to Throw a Squared Lidded Jar with a Round Lid with Patrick Horsley
Sat, September 19, 2020 OPA 40th Anniversary Party
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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