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    • Tue, February 12, 2019
    • Tue, December 03, 2019
    • 7 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 - 9:00 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. 

    • Sat, February 23, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Wagon Wheel Pottery Studio/ Dan Stevens Compton Road, Boring, OR

    OPA Pet Bowl Workshop @ Wagon Wheel Pottery Studio in Boring, OR

    Collaborative fundraiser event to benefit homeless pets! 

    What:  OPA member, hands-on activity.  Make pet-bowls that will be donated to benefit homeless pets!  

    You get to create a pet-bowl with others.  

    Limit: 15 participants.  

    Bring: Food/snacks to share!  

    Where: 34601 SE Compton Road, Boring, OR

    When: Feb 23rd, 10am to 4pm.

    RSVP to reserve your space!  Only 15 spots available.  Register today!

    • Tue, February 26, 2019
    • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Tabor Space: 5441 SE Belmont St, Portland, OR 97215

    Program Coordinators Meeting

    We have a lot of plans for this year but we can't do it without your help. Join us February 26th from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm at Tabor Space for our program coordinators meeting. Please come to this meeting if you are interested in helping us make the following events happen!

    - Workshop - "Setting up your booth and selling with Confidence" with Kris Paul.  Coordinator Needed.           

    - Workshop - Fall Woodfire, coordination starts now!

    OPA Studio Tours

    - Mississippi Street Fair - OPA Group Booth / July 14

    Alberta Street Fair - OPA Group Booth / Aug 11

    Pop Up Sales - TBD, Coordination starts now!

    Fall Fair - TBD, Coordination starts soon

    OPA Holiday Bazaar - TBD, coordination starts in June

    - OPA 40th Anniversary party- committee members needed to help plan this spectacular event.

    Other open volunteer positions available:
    Justice Center Windows Trainee
    General Meeting Program Coordinator
    OPA Volunteer Coordinator

    • Sun, March 03, 2019
    • Sun, April 14, 2019
    • 2 sessions
    • SW Madison St. between 2nd & 3rd Ave, Portland OR

    Help Needed - Justice Center Window Display


    All Showcase participants are invited to bring some work to be on display from March 3rd to April 14th! This is a preview of Ceramic Showcase and an opportunity for you to display your work. Pieces will be labeled with your name and contact information so you may even sell a piece before the show.

    We are looking for volunteers who can help set up and/or take down our Justice Center Window Display. Any OPA Members are welcome to help.

    DATES and TIMES: 

    Load in: 10am Sunday, March 3rd

    Load out: 9am Sunday, April 14th 


    SW Madison St. between 2nd & 3rd Ave, Portland OR 


    If this is something you are interested in, please contact Dawn Panttaja at 

    lostdolls@hotmail.com or call: (503) 285-6786

    Can you help? We need you!

    • Fri, March 08, 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Tabor Space: 5441 SE Belmont St, Portland, OR 97215

    Booth Picking Meeting 

    Participating in Ceramic Showcase? Come to the booth picking meeting! Join us March 8th at Tabor Space in the dining room. Get there at 6:00 to enjoy the potluck. You can bring food to share, drinks or just a plate to fill (we'd love to use less disposable plates.) Meeting begins at 6:30.

     We'll see you there! 

    • Sat, March 23, 2019
    • 12:00 AM
    • Oregon and SW Washington

    Application Due Date: March 23, 2019


    The Oregon Potters Association is pleased to announce our 2019 Scholarship Program. The competition 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. The scholarship will be awarded during a ceremony at the 2019 OPA Ceramic Showcase, the all-clay show that OPA sponsors every spring at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland’s Rose Quarter. The scholarship funds will be held in trust and paid directly to the college entered by the student. We recommend that students with exceptional imagination and technical skill enter this competition.


    Entries may be either functional, sculptural, or decorative objects made of clay. Only one entry per student.

    The application deadline is March 23, 2019 - you must submit the following:

    After the March 23th application deadline, the OPA Board of Directors will perform a preliminary review of submitted images to choose pieces for display in the High School Scholarship booth at OPA Ceramics Showcase. Notification of acceptance for display will be emailed by Sunday, April 7, 2019.

    The High School Scholarship winner will be chosen by a jury of professional ceramic artists. The awards ceremony will be held at the show on the evening of Saturday, April 27th. The winner’s name will be posted on the OPA website:

    For general info on OPA Scholarships www.oregonpotters.org/opa-scholarships.html

    Immediate relatives of OPA members are not eligible for the scholarship

    If you, the instructor, have questions, please contact:
    OPA High School Scholarship Coordinator Meg Turner

    Questions? Email: hsscholarship@oregonpotters.org

    Important dates to Remember:

    • March 23, 2019 Application deadline (online only)
    • April   7, 2019 Notification by OPA of acceptance
    • April 23, 2019 Shipped artwork: arrival deadline
    • April 24 and 25, 2019 Hand-delivery Oregon Convention Center
    • April 26 – 28, 2019 OPA Ceramic Showcase Gallery Drop off booth
    • April 27, 2019 Scholarship awarded, approximately 3:30 pm
    • April 28, 2019 Artwork pick-up 2:30 -3:30 pm

    Most commonly asked questions?

    1. Do I have to submit the piece I juried with or may I submit something I finished after I sent in my application?

    You must submit the exact piece that is juried.

    2. May I submit a piece that has been in the OPA Showcase before? 

    You may not submit a piece that has been previously submitted to the Scholarship Program. However, you may submit a piece that has been on show in the High School Gallery.

    3. Who is eligible?

    The Scholarship Program is open to High School Juniors and Seniors in Oregon and SW Washington.

    4. What percentage of my piece has to be clay?

    Each piece must be at least 75% clay.

    • Mon, April 01, 2019
    • 11:30 PM
    • Ceramic Showcase
    • 100


    Call for proposals: 2019 Ray Grimm Memorial Award – ($1500) For Clay Educators. Deadline April 1, 2019

        The Oregon Potters Association is celebrating the life and work of Ray Grimm, offering a $1500 award to a clay arts educator to use in their classroom to enhance the program for students.  

    The Legacy Ray left to us

    Raymond taught ceramics and hot glass at Portland State University for 32 years and Cannon Beach’s Haystack arts program for 8 years; helping to spread the burgeoning handcraft revival by training a good proportion of the outstanding art teachers working today and over the past fifty years. His students had the benefit of workshops with Peter Voulkos, Daniel Rhodes, Paul Soldner and Marvin Lipofsky, to name just a few. One PSU faculty said that his ceramic department was where the excitement and action was.

    Call for Entry

    ·       Eligibility: Applicants must be educators anywhere within Oregon and SW Washington area, and be instructing students in the Ceramic Arts. Your institution may be in private or public schools – Elementary, Middle or High Schools, college level, community based classes or adult education. Privately teaching in your own studio does not qualify.

    ·       OPA members who only instruct through OPA’s Clay In Education do not qualify because they may be approved for clay in Education funds.

    ·       To Apply : complete a proposal, maximum one page (no font less than 11 pt), with a brief description of yourself, and an outline and explanation of how the funds would be utilized to aid and enrich your students.  The award may be used to fund equipment materials and supplies, field trips, or bring in outside instruction - just to name a few. Your proposal should start with your name and address, and the name and address of the school or institution where the funds will be used, digital photographs can accompany your submissions.

    Print and download the proposal here: 2019 Ray Grimm Memorial Award

    ·       Email proposal to seldomsceneartworks@gmail.com 

    ·       Deadline: Applications are to be received electronically or by post     by: April 1st, 2019

                                  Jury Process completed by April 14th, 2019

         The winner of the award will be decided by a jury process consisting of arts professionals, educators or associates

                                                    Presentation of Award

          The artist, Jere Grimm, Ray’s wife, will be presenting this award at the Ceramics Showcase at the Convention Center on Saturday, April 28th,  2019. It is requested that the winner be present for this award.

    Responsibility of Recipient

    Recipient of the 2019 Ray Grimm Memorial Award will be required to report back to the Board of Directors on usage of the award and perhaps make a presentation at one of the OPA General Membership.  The award money can be used for the 2018-2019 school year or the following year, 2019-2020.

    With this award, the Grimm Family hopes to support ceramic educators to provide expanded instructional resources. 

    • Fri, April 26, 2019
    • Sun, April 28, 2019
    • 3 sessions
    • Portland Convention Center, 777 NE MLK Blvd Hall A & A1, Portland, Oregon

    Ceramic Showcase 

    Join us for the 27th 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, April 26- 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
    • Saturday, April 27- 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
    • Sunday, April 28- 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


    • Daily artist demonstrations
    • Live music
    • Family-friendly crafts & education
    • Hourly door prizes & gift certificate giveaways 11am-4pm each 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 

Past events

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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