Clay in Education
The OPA sponsors a Clay in Education program, which was created to provide clay instruction by professional potters in the community. A portion of our annual dues provides partial funding for our projects. The remainder comes from donated pottery for sale and our installation each year at Ceramic Showcase. Our members create a clay piece based on a theme, which are displayed and sold to the public.
We also provide clay activities at Ceramic Showcase, Art in the Pearl , and OMSI Mini Maker Faire, three of the finest art venues in Portland . Many of our members are also experienced teachers and participate in our artist residency program. Artists are available to teach in any public, private, parochial, or non-profit community site.
Artist residencies are partially funded by OPA. The Clay in Education program pays 50% of the artist’s fee and the school or organization pays the additional 50% directly to the artist. The artist’s hourly wage is $40.00. If you are a title one school, or an organization requesting additional funding, please include an explanatory letter with your application for a residency and increased funding. Funding is not unlimited and therefore will be allocated on a first come first served basis with a maximum of 40 hours per site. Sites may contract for more hours with the artist and pay the entire $40 per hour. Costs for consumable supplies for residencies are in additional to the program fees. A contract is administered prior to the Clay in Education experience. Residencies are available to offer an awareness of ceramic art forms and to introduce students to new skills, which can be applied to existing curriculum. OPA ceramic artists are professionals with considerable experience and expertise.
Common questions regarding Clay in Ed:
Who qualifies to teach?
– Any OPA member in good standing can participate in a Clay in Ed residency.
Do you need a degree in teaching?
-No, a degree is not necessary
Is a background check necessary?
-We do require a background check.
What time commitment is there?
-You will be responsible for working with the organization to plan the residency. Payment will be for classroom hours only.
How do I get paid?
-Upon completing the residency you will notify the Clay in Ed chairperson and they will submit an approval for the disbursement of funds for the pre- approved number of hours to the Treasurer.