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    • Thu, January 26, 2017
    • Thu, March 30, 2017
    • World Forestry Center, Portland Oregon

    From the Earth  is an OPA member exhibit at The World Forestry Center which will show the connection between the potter and the earth.

    We as potters have a unique relationship to nature; the clay is dug from the ground, molded and reformed in our hands. Every surface treatment used was formed naturally and organically in nature.  We collect elements, calculate and measure each one individually. Our firing methods come from nature: the gas in the kiln, the wood fire, the salt, the soda… at every step we have gathered something natural, every combination creating a unique outcome. Even if we never leave our studios, we are still immersed in nature. 

    At the same time we find that art often mimics nature.  We may press a sea-shell into our work, or find that our plate looks a shell.  Our shapes and surfaces might remind us of mossy bark, a geode, the ocean.  We may be inspired to recreate a geode, a seed pod or a flower… nature is such inspiration!

     The World Forestry Center seeks artwork that demonstrates a distinct connection with nature, by using natural firing methods, surface treatment that represents or mimics natural landscapes, or otherwise displays and tells the story of potter and their relationship with the earth.

    Reception Party for OPA members and the public: Jan. 26, 4-6 pm at Merlo Hall

    Reception party:  The World Forestry Center will host a reception for all OPA members to say thank you for our exhibit. ALL OPA MEMBERS ARE INVITED to the reception party at the World Forestry Center.

    • Thu, March 09, 2017
    • Fri, March 31, 2017
    • Portland Area
    Please Be A Host during NCECA and Showcase!

    For all members of OPA who live in Portland, here is an opportunity to make a new friend and encourage members from the far reaches of Oregon to save money and make it easier NCECA to participate in NCECA and Ceramic Showcase. 

    If you are willing to share your home to out-of-town OPA members during NCECA March 22-25 and Showcase, register here to be a host.

    Jennifer Jasaitis 

    Please email jennifer.jasaitis@gmail.com if you have any questions.

    • Wed, March 22, 2017
    • Sat, March 25, 2017
    • Oregon Convention Center 777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard Portland, OR 97232

    NCECA’s 51st Annual Conference : Future Flux

    This is a NonOPA event, registration is NOT available on this site. 

    For More info go to the NCECA Site

    As journey’s end for Lewis and Clark in the early 19th century, expedition and discovery have framed our imagination of the Pacific Northwest. As we pass beyond NCECA’s first fifty years, the interconnection of mind, materials, and transformation at the heart of ceramic process, art and education can serve as trail heads to our future. Our creative work in the 21st century increasingly engages with hybrid practices, issues of diversity, notions of community and dynamic change. How will more sustainable models of ceramic art and education continue to evolve? What are the essential competencies and capacities for ceramic artists and educators today and for the future? How can we continue to draw from rich historic traditions while reinvigorating their relevance in rapidly changing global societies? Portland, Oregon, a city of rivers, makers, and entrepreneurs is an ideal vantage point from which to investigate these questions and others. Join us at Future Flux and help transport us to the ways that ceramic art and education will continue to matter.

    Phone:(503) 235-7575

    Click here to read the convention center’s sustainability policy
    Click here to read the waste diversion policy

    • Sat, March 25, 2017
    • Oregon and SW Washington

    Application Due Date: March 25, 2017


    The Oregon Potters Association is pleased to announce our 2017 Scholarship Program. This 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 2017 OPA Ceramics Showcase, the all-clay show that OPA sponsors every spring. This year the show returns to the Oregon Convention Center in Downtown Portland.

    The scholarship funds will be paid directly to the college to which the student is admitted. We recommend that students with exceptional imagination and technical skill enter this competition.


    Entries may be either utilitarian or decorative and must be 75% made of clay. Only one entry per student please.

    The application deadline is March 25, 2017 - you must submit the following:

    Mail you application by USPS mail.

    After the March 25th application deadline, the OPA Board of Directors will perform a preliminary review of submitted images to choose pieces for display at the OPA Ceramics Showcase. Notification of acceptance for display will be emailed by Friday, April 4, 2017.

    Important Dates
    March 27, 2017          Application deadline (online and                                        US mail)
    April   4, 2017             Notification by OPA of                                                             acceptance
    April 19, 2017              Shipped artwork: arrival         deadline
    April 20, 2017             Hand-delivery Oregon                                                          Convention Center
    April 21 – 23, 2017     OPA Ceramic Showcase
    April 22, 2017            Scholarship awarded
    April 23, 2017            Artwork pick-up

    If accepted for display and If student lives within 100 miles of Portland

    • Piece must be hand delivered to the Oregon Convention Center, on Thursday April 20, 2017, between the hours of 2:00 and 7:00 pm.
    • Piece must be picked-up on Sunday April 23, 2017, between 4:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. Showcase closes at 5:00 p.m.

    If student lives further than 100 miles from Portland:

    • Piece may be shipped. If shipped, it must arrive before April 20, 2017, and must include a pre-paid, self-addressed return label or contact information for the person who will collect the piece on Sunday, April 23rd. Please bubble wrap and double-box to insure against breakage, per UPS or FedEx instructions.
    • OPA is not responsible for insurance or for breakage during shipping. OPA will return-ship the piece using the boxes in which the work arrived.

    Ship piece to:
    Sandra Toussaint
    20699 NE Glisan St. #219
    Fairview, OR 97024

    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 22nd. 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

    Questions? Email: hsscholarship@oregonpotters.org

    • Fri, April 21, 2017
    • Sun, April 23, 2017
    • 3 sessions
    • Oregon Convention Center, Portland Oregon

    Oregon Potters Association

    Ceramic Showcase 
    April 21, 22, 23,  2017

    Friday 10-7

    Saturday 10-5 

    Sunday 10-4

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