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    • Fri, April 03, 2020

    West Coast Clay Convergence and Woodfire Lottery Registration




    OPA has reserved 30 cubic feet of space in April 2020's Pre-Conference woodfire at East Creek Anagama.  This will be a great opportunity for anyone who has a love for the wood fire process or is interested in exploring this firing process.  This is a rather momentous occasion as we'll be firing along side a group from AMOCA and a group of Seattle based potters.  We plan to have a gallery show set up in conjunction with the NWWFC that will be taking place in early June of 2020!!

    We will have our 30 Cubic feet of space randomly allocated to any OPA members who are interested in participating.  We plan to have workshares of 1 to 1.5 cubic feet allocated per person depending on the level of interest.  

    If you'd like to participate, please register to this event prior to January 12th, 2020 as we will be randomly allocating our 30 cubic feet of space on Monday the 13th after our 1st General Meeting on January the 10th, 2020.  If you indicate interest by registering to this event, you will be included in the lottery allocation for a workshare.    

    Joe Robinson (Current steward of East Creek Anagama) will be presenting at our January 10th meeting.  Come check it out if you're interested in learning more. 

    Important dates to consider: 

    Your pots will need to be delivered to East Creek on April the 4th.  Additional participation is welcome throughout the firing process and firing shifts will be determined during the loading process that begins on the 4th!

       April Firing Schedule

    • 4/3 (Friday) - Glazing day

    • 4/4 (Saturday) - Loading - pots need to be delivered by this date!!!

    • 4/5 (Sunday) - continue loading 

    • 4/6 (Monday) - Complete loading and candle

    • Fire all week 

    • Planning to complete on 4/11 (Saturday) - will continue if temp is not reached 

    • The big reveal on 4/18 (Saturday) 

    Cost: 1 cubic ft = $35.00  

    • Fri, April 03, 2020
    • Sat, April 18, 2020
    • 5 sessions
    • East Creek Art 12251 SW East Creek Rd, Willamina, OR 9739
    • 15

    Please confirm your participation below and process your payment for 1 cubic feet of space ($35 + 1% processing fee).

    You will be joining Scott Ross, members of AMOCA in Los Angeles, and others from OR and WA for this Left Coast firing!  Secure your place in the conversation and in the last firing before the North West Wood Firing Conference coming June 4-6.

    Important dates for your calendar:

    • 4/3 (Friday) - Glazing day
    • 4/4 (Saturday) - Loading - pots need to be delivered by this date!!!
    • 4/5 (Sunday) - continue loading 
    • 4/6 (Monday) - Complete loading and candle
    • Fire all week 
    • Planning to complete on 4/11 (Saturday) - will continue if temp is not reached 
    • The big reveal on 4/18 (Saturday) 
    Your pots will need to be delivered to East Creek on April the 4th.  Additional participation is welcome throughout the firing process and firing shifts will be determined during the loading process that begins on the 4th!

    As we approach the loading date, Scott Ross or Joe Robinson will have a handout with more information including; logistical details, lodging, food, safety and all pertinent details for a fun and safe experience.

    • Fri, May 01, 2020
    • 10:00 AM
    • Sun, May 03, 2020
    • 4:00 PM
    • Oregon Convention Center Hall A-A1, Portland OR

    Deadline to Apply: November 18, 2019
    Show Dates: May 1-3, 2020

    Please click the links below for information about this application. If you have questions about the application, contact Showcase Registrar, Chris McClelland 971-242-9337.

    • Fri, May 01, 2020
    • 10:00 AM
    • Sun, May 03, 2020
    • 4:00 PM
    • 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, Oregon Glass Guild, Oregon Potters Association, Portland Bead Society and Portland Handweavers Guild.

    Admission is free 

    Show Hours

    • Friday, May 1st - 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
    • Saturday, May 2nd - 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
    • Sunday, May 3rd - 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


    • Daily artist demonstrations
    • Live music
    • Family-friendly crafts & education
    • 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.

    • Thu, June 04, 2020
    • Sat, June 06, 2020
    • Chehalem Cultural Center 415 E Sheridan St, Newberg, OR 97132

    East Creek Anangama is holding a North West Wood Fire Conference in June 2020 and as an OPA member you can register at a discounted rate!! 

    The early bird conference pass is $80 and as an OPA member you can purchase a pass at a 25% discounted rate of $60.  Please indicate your interest in a discounted conference pass by registering here.  Last day to register is the 31st of January. 

    We will be collecting the discounted registration fees in early February 2020 to all OPA members who register to this event.  OPA will coordinate our group payment and distribute conference passes to all who register through OPA. 

    Please RSVP to indicate your interest and an email will be sent out in January 2020 to facilitate final payment!

    The NWWFC will have keynote speakers, multiple concurrent shows, workshops, presentations and more.  Check out the website for more info.  

Past events

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 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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