OPA Member Cathi Newlin demonstrates different approaches to making a tile, including transferring an image onto the clay, sgraffito, and other techniques.
Ceramic Showcase is only a few months away. Our members are busy doing what they love, and what they do best. Doors will open at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum Exhibit hall to a one-of-a-kind ceramic event.
Are you an OPA member who would like to participate? It’s not to late! Fill out the 2016 Member Renewal & Ceramic Showcase Application Packet And Apply by March 1 (with a $20 late fee).
When: Friday, April 29, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturday, April 30, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Sunday, May 1, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Veterans Memorial Coliseum (in the Rose Quarter)
300 N Winning Way
Portland, Oregon 97227 (conveniently located on TriMet Max line)
Music and More:
COST: This is a FREE event. There is a suggested $3 donation to support the Oregon Potters Association’s clay educational mission.
Don’t miss this upcoming exhibit, which has been coordinated with the OPA, Mashiko Ceramics and Arts Association, and Portland Japanese Garden.
View complete article from Oregonlive
It displays the work of contemporary potters whose styles range from traditional to contemporary as well as masterworks by the world’s most famous potter, Shoji Hamada (1894-1974), and his protege Tatsuzo Shimaoka. Both artists were designated as Living National Treasures, keepers of Japan’s important intangible cultural properties.
To celebrate the opening, Kei Shimaoka, grandson of Tatsuzo Shimaoka, will lead artist demonstrations at the Pavilion from 1 p.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday, June 6.
Tatsuzo Shimaoka, who died in 2007, was famous for his unique Jomon zogan style of pottery, slip decorating and firing techniques. His work is in many museums around the world and in 2014, his daughter, Yoshiko Fudeya, donated a collection to Portland’s respected Japanese garden.
Mashiko has been known for its folkware, called mashiko-yaki, since the 19th century, when ceramic-quality clay was found nearby and a kiln was built to fire it.
Originally, the style was simple and rustic, and brown pottery with a red glaze was mass produced. That changed in the 1920s when Hamada settled in Mashiko and encouraged potters to be more creative with their functional pieces.
The town became an artists’ haven. Hamada, who had traveled to Europe and could access any materials, elected to use only locally sourced clay. He made his own glazes and even brushes from dog hair and bamboo.
Hamada, along with philosopher and writer Yanagi Soetsu and British studio potter and art teacher Bernard Leach, founded the Mingei (People’s Art) movement in the 1920s and ’30s.
The above is an excerpt from featured in this weeks Oregonian: Mashiko ceramics rebound after Japan’s devastating earthquake: See works at the Portland Japanese Garden. Click this link to view the whole article.
Every year, the Oregon Potters Association chooses a charity for which %100 of the proceeds are donated.
The 2015 Showcase theme is “Welcome Home,” the recipient of our fundraising installation, “Plates of Plenty” is the local non-profit, Growing Gardens — helping low income families and schools set up gardens to grow their own food!
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Avi was introduced to clay and the creative process of throwing at Mt. San Antonio College outside Los Angeles, California. His creative journey took him to Mexico where he studied sculpture and bronze casting in San Miguel de Allende. His most recent studies have been at Maude Kerns with Thanbinh Doung a renowned and accomplished potter ,who is an exacting teacher, and at the University of Oregon with Jason Solomon. Currently, he is exploring the magical world of crystal glazes and has the goal of becoming a Crystallière (one who is an avid, expert crystal glazer). His pottery is classic in line, often of goodly girth with stunning crystal glazes. He is also a novice glass artist who hopes to explore this media extensively one day.