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    • Mon, June 03, 2019
    • Tue, December 03, 2019
    • 5 sessions
    • Tabor Space, 5441 SE Belmont St, Portland, OR 97215

    Board Meetings 

    Board meetings are held on the first Tuesday of the month at Tabor Space from 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm. Board meetings are a time to review important information and help guide the OPA towards a bright future.   

    Please note that these dates are subject to possible change. You will receive an email notification in the event of changes or cancellations. 

    Meetings are in held in the Art Room*  


    * NOTE: the June meeting is on a MONDAY night and will be held in Room 5 at Tabor Space   

    • Sat, June 29, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • PCC Rock Creek Campus (17705 NW Springville Rd.), Building 3, Room 125
    • 8
    Register

    Learn how to take your work to the next level by altering wheel thrown pottery.  We will spend the day watching Hanna Traynham and Sarah Chenoweth Davis demonstrate their unique process. Each artist starts with a simple wheel thrown form and then alters it to create work that is graceful & dynamic.

    Hanna’s demonstration will consist of working with clay in its various stages. While soft, she will show how she plans out her design and alters the form to create voluptuous and organic movement. Once leatherhard, she carves away specific voids from the vessel, opening the form as if it is gracefully decaying. She also shows how she troubleshoots specific challenges in this way of working and will discuss how pushing material to its brink affords new avenues of technique. Finally, she’ll address the influences wood and soda firing has had upon her forms and their surfaces.

    Sarah’s demonstration begins on the wheel, where she throws a bottomless cylinder and then alters it out of kilter. She completes the piece with slabs and other handbuilding techniques. For her surface decoration, she’ll demonstrate how she paints a lyrical design in a simple, high-contrast palette. She’ll also discuss her current body of work, which emphasizes the tactile experience of pottery, employing dimensional glazes while leaving much of the clay exposed – delighting both the eye and the hand.


    Price: $35 OPA members, $45 non-OPA, PCC Pottery Guild Free

    Seating is limited to 25 paying guests. Non-refundable drop date is June 15th.

    This workshop has been sponsored by the Oregon Potters Association and the PCC Pottery Guild



    Artist Bios:

    Hanna grew up in the Appalachian Mountains of Virginia, exploring nature and hearing fiddle and banjo music regularly. She has lived in the Pacific Northwest for eight years teaching Art and sharing her passion for creative growth. She received her BFA in Virginia, a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from Portland State, and Fall 2019 she will be pursuing an MFA in Ceramics at Eastern Tennessee State University in Johnson City, TN. Hanna has traveled to Denmark and Japan experiencing the dynamics within global ceramics communities, connecting through clay. While she loves the Northwest, her connection to home in the Appalachian Mountains compels her to return to her roots to further her career in Ceramics education. Her work mimics how life's unexpected turns often result in outcomes greater than planned. Visit Hanna's website.


    Sarah, a porcelain addict, makes pots and other vessels in a crusty industrial area near the foot of the Fremont Bridge in Portland, Oregon. She earned a BA in Biology from the College of Wooster, OH and an MFA in Applied Craft + Design from Oregon College of Art and Craft and Pacific Northwest College of Art, which awarded her an Entrepreneurial Fellowship in 2017. Her work has been exhibited throughout the US and in Japan and has been featured in various publications including Ceramics Monthly, The Journal of Australian Ceramics, and the interactive e-book American i-Pottery. An alumna of the American Pottery Festival, you can find Sarah’s pots at Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis, MN, as well as Contemporary Craft in Pittsburgh and Eutectic Gallery in Portland, OR. Sarah currently maintains a studio in Portland, where she is also the Gallery Manager for Eutectic Gallery and drummer for the band, The Sidewalk. Visit Sarah's website.

    • Thu, July 04, 2019
    • Sun, July 07, 2019
    • Waterfront Blues Festival
    Registration is closed

    Come volunteer and sell at the Clayworks for Community Booth at the Waterfront Blues Festival July 4-7th!



    Selling artists are given two 4 ft. shelves for their work July 5,6 and 7.

    • Artist are required to work one set up or break down shift July 3rd or 8th respectively and three 3.5 hour shifts during the event.
    • On your shift days admission to the festival is free. 
    • To participate it costs you approximately $100 worth of donated work (your valuation). 
    • Commission of 25% is taken on artists' sales by the event management company.

    Spots are very limited, first come first served!


Past events

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
Tue, January 15, 2019 Ceramic Showcase 2019 Application
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 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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