Don Sprague


Calls For Entry

OPA Calls




  • deadline November 15, 2016


Keep Portland Wared!


Description: Oregon Potters Association is a community of talented individuals who display a vast aesthetic in clay, glaze, forming and firing methods- traditional original and experimental.

Portland has long been a magnet for creative clay work.  OPA’s mission is the inclusion of all who possess a passion for the ceramic process, a love of the handmade object, and a wish to share their work through exhibitions    With over 350 members — amateurs and professionals alike — we’ve coalesced from different regions and varied educational backgrounds to build a national identity around mutual encouragement of the imagination and appreciation of the resulting art and craft.

This curated exhibit of clayworks from OPA members residing in Oregon and Southwest Washington displays a rich variety of traditional as well as contemporary functional and sculptural ceramics.

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General Calls

  • deadline July 19, 2016

artiste & images Emerging Artists

An emerging artist is someone who’s in the early stage of their career, someone who hasn’t yet established a solid reputation as an artist among art critics, art buyers, and art galleries, who is new to the world of professional art exhibitions, recently out of school and embarking on an art career, or studio artists of any age new to the creative process.

Self-identifying emerging artists working in all genres and traditions in Oregon and Washington. We welcome entries from artists working in all forms, conceptual, traditional, folk, contemporary–and with all materials 2D & 3D. Best of Show receives a solo Nook or Lobby exhibition during the 2017 season.  See more info and Apply Today!


  • deadline August 12, 2016
    The Art of the FeastThe Pacific Northwest is a food-lover’s paradise, and nowhere is that more evident than in the Columbia River Gorge. The Art of the Feast exhibition is an artful nod to the agricultural abundance of the Gorge, where a vast variety of produce, wine, beer, ciders, and other foods abound.For this exhibition the Gallery will be staged as a series of dining rooms, with each room set for a dining experience that includes both 2D & 3D art—from linens to ceramics, from glass to silver, and from 2D wall art to self-standing sculptures. All revolving around the theme of food.


Classes and Workshops

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Maria Simon Studio Summer Workshops
Summer workshops and classes are beginning very soon in my Portland studio, and there are still spaces available in each of my offerings. Please have a careful look below at what might work for you, and contact me ASAP to register.


Carving Bas-relief Ceramic Sculpture

This fun, compelling, and meditative carving workshop is open to students at all levels of experience.
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Date: July 30 -Aug 1st
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Cost: $265 + $40 for materials, tools, and firings

Surface Techniques Using Terra Sigillata

It yields a soft, sensual gleam but is not glassy. It’s a low-fire medium, suitable only for indoors.
Some previous ceramics experience or past/current enrollment in Bas-Relief or Hand building Class will be helpful.
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Date: Friday Aug 5 – Sunday Aug. 7th
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Cost: $265 + $30 materials & Firings

Ceramic Hand-building Outside the Box *New
In this 3-day workshop we’ll experiment with time-honored hand-building techniques applied in unusual ways to arrive at some interesting artful objects. Suitable for folks at all levels who have a sense of adventure.
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Date: Friday Aug. 12 – Sunday, Aug 14
Time: 9:30 – 4:00 p.m. daily
Cost: $265 + $40 for materials and firings

  • Oct 21-23

Potters Council
Fun ‘n Functional Workshop

Looking for new techniques for creating more functional forms?
Join us October 21-23, 2016 at Georgies Ceramic and Clay Co. to see four renowned artists – Jan McKeachie-Johnston, Randy Johnston, Martina Lantin, & Sarah Pike – demonstrate their insights into how to imbue your work with your personality through varied forms!


arteTakashi Nakazato Master Class
Observe Mr. Nakazato throw on a wheel and handle his work with his natural, zen attitude.

Feel free to interrupt and ask questions while he works!

Bring a brown bag lunch, and visit with the master while you eat.

When:  Saturday, July 30, 10am to 4pm
Where: RuriClayWork Studio in Sheridan, OR
Fee: $40 OPA member. $50 Non-member, $20 Students

Takashi Nakazato is the 13th generation Karatsu master potter.
For more information on him, visit:
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With ceramic artist Cathi Newlin.

This beginners workshop will introduce you to the basics of clay, tile making and the American Raku firing technique.
Workshop fee includes 25# raku clay, tool kit, bisque firing of up to 3 tiles, glazes and raku firing of up to 3 tiles. You’ll also receive a frame to mount your tile in for hanging.

Beginning Sculpture

With ceramic artist Cathi Newlin.

This beginners workshop will introduce you to the basics of clay, armatures, handbuilding techniques and animal anatomy. You’ll spend 2 Saturdays sculpting, and then on the 3rd Saturday, we’ll apply surface treatments and fire our sculptures in a communal “pit” firing.
Workshop fee includes 25# clay, tool kit, bisque firing of up to 3 pieces, glazes and pit firing of up to 3 sculptures.

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503.255.3151 or

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