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The Alchemy of Surface

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Deadline: July 15, 2016

Exhibition Title:  The Alchemy of Surface
Click to view and print Alchemy of Surface Prospectus

Description: An inspired surface can turn plain into remarkable, remarkable into sublime. This group of OPA member artists is sharing their extraordinary (often secret) surface techniques and formulas.

Alchemy is a power that transforms something in a mysterious and impressive way.   In this exhibition, clay, chemicals, and flame make magic: Thirty Oregon Potters Association ceramic artists will display their work and disclose glaze recipes, textural techniques, firing methods, and other hard-won secrets. View the brilliant and sometimes challenging realizations of forms and their exceptional surfaces. The artists are sharing  their details, formulas and techniques and you will leave full of magical ideas. Take away a full-color “how to” booklet, or find information online  to use now and in the future in your own studio.

Eligibility: Open to OPA members. We are asking OPA members to nominate their favorite ceramic artists and their surfaces. You may nominate yourself or another artist, so long as they are an OPA member.

Artists will be invited based on providing a well-balanced and exciting show. The nomination does not require a picture of the actual piece that will be exhibited at this show.

If you are chosen, the deadline to supply a professional photo of the final piece is November 15, 2016

Selection Announcement: August 1, 2016

Entry Process: Click here to apply online!

Gallery Exhibition: March 21-25, 2017 (During NCECA 2017)

Opening Reception: March 24, 4:00-6:00pm

Delivery of artwork: Artists must deliver their work to Skutt facility no later than 5pm on March 19, 2017

Location: Skutt Ceramics, 6441 SE Johnson Creek Blvd, Portland

Gallery set-up:  March 19-20, 2017

Artwork return: Artists must pick up their work either March 25 (5-6pm) or March 26 (9am-5pm)

General Information: 

– Sold items will remain on display until the final day, March 25th.

– All accepted works must be for sale during the show. The Gallery is responsible for all sales, and will retain a 20% commission from the sale of artwork.

Do you need professional photos of your work? Courtney Frisse will have a photo shoot for OPA members on November 4 & 5 for a reasonable price.