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    • Sat, January 13, 2018
    • Fri, March 23, 2018
    • Oregon and SW Washington

    Application Due Date: March 23, 2018


    The Oregon Potters Association is pleased to announce our 2018 Scholarship Program. The 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 2018 OPA Ceramic Showcase, the all-clay show that OPA sponsors every spring at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland’s Rose Quarter. The scholarship funds will be held in trust and paid directly to the college entered by the student. We recommend that students with exceptional imagination and technical skill enter this competition.


    Entries may be either functional or decorative objects made of clay. Only one entry per student.

    The application deadline is March 23, 2018 - you must submit the following:

    Mail your Parental permission slip by USPS mail.

    After the March 23th application deadline, the OPA Board of Directors will perform a preliminary review of submitted images to choose pieces for display in the High School Gallery at OPA Ceramics Showcase. Notification of acceptance for display will be emailed by Sunday, April 8, 2018.

    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 28th. 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

    If you, the instructor, have questions, please contact:
    OPA High School Scholarship Coordinator Sandra Toussaint

    Questions? Email: hsscholarship@oregonpotters.org

    Important dates to Remember:

    • March 23, 2018 Application deadline (online only)
    • April   8, 2018 Notification by OPA of acceptance
    • April 25, 2018 Shipped artwork: arrival deadline
    • April 26, 2018 Hand-delivery Oregon Convention Center
    • April 27 – 29, 2018 OPA Ceramic Showcase
    • April 28, 2018 Scholarship awarded
    • April 29, 2018 Artwork pick-up

    Most commonly asked questions?

    1. Do I have to submit the piece I juried with or may I submit something I finished after I sent in my application?

    You must submit the exact piece that is juried.

    2. May I submit a piece that has been in the OPA Showcase before? 

    You may not submit a piece that has been previously submitted to the Scholarship Program. However, you may submit a piece that has been on show in the High School Gallery.

    3. Who is eligible?

    The Scholarship Program is open to High School Juniors and Seniors in Oregon and SW Washington.

    4. What percentage of my piece has to be clay?

    Each piece must be at least 75% clay.

    • Tue, April 03, 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Tabor Space Art Space

    Board Meeting

    Tabor Space Art Space

    7:00 pm

    • Fri, April 27, 2018
    • Sun, April 29, 2018
    • Oregon Convention Center

    Deadline to Apply: November 15, 2017

    Please click the links below for information about this application. If you have questions about the application, contact Chris McClelland the Showcase Register, at 971.242.9337.

    • Fri, June 22, 2018
    • 12:00 PM
    • Mon, July 16, 2018
    • Sapporo, Japan
    Registration is closed

    The Hokkaido Pottery Society has invited the OPA to exhibit 30 pieces to be included in their 2018 exhibit at the Sapporo Contemporary Art Museum, Sapporo, Japan.  This is part of a cultural exchange program that started in 2008, when the OPA invited members of the HPS to exhibit at Ceramic Showcase.  This will be our third exhibit with the HPS in Sapporo.

    Rooted in Clay- Ceramics from the Pacific Northwest”

    The Hokkaido Pottery Society in Sapporo, Japan has invited the OPA to exhibit 30 pieces alongside works by the HPS in their coming 2018 exhibition.  The exhibit will be held in the Sapporo Museum of Contemporary Art within the Sapporo Art Park

    This will be an exhibit that showcases masterful works reflecting the breadth and scope of our membership and ceramics in the Pacific Northwest.

    Download and read very important info in the packet below, with dates and detailed information about the call


    • Application Deadline: Jan 7th, 2018
    • Must be images of actual pieces to go to Japan.
    • Submit up to three digital images of three individual ceramic pieces. 
    • Bio for catalogue due with application
    • $30 application fee
    • 30 pieces will be selected by jurors Brett Binford, Donna Cole, and Wally Schwab
    • Deadline to deliver accepted works: Jan 19 (USPS) Jan 21 (hand delivered)
    • Artists are NOT required to travel to Japan
    • Any OPA member may travel to Japan even if they will not have work in the show.  You can participate in group tours and events.
    • Participating artists will have image of artwork, headshot and brief bio included with exhibition catalog. All participants will receive a copy of the catalogue.
    Please read ALL of the info in the following packet:
    Register online to apply, and email your images to rebeccafclark@me.com when you have finished your registration process.

    To learn more about Sapporo, and the Art-Park where the exhibit will be, visit: http://www.sapporo.travel/?lang=en

Past events

Fri, March 09, 2018 March General Meeting.
Tue, March 06, 2018 March Board Meeting
Sat, March 03, 2018 Free hands on "Peace Poles" Workshop#4: Boring, OR
Sat, February 17, 2018 Free hands on "Peace Poles" Workshop: Brownsville, OR
Sat, February 17, 2018 Free hands on "Peace Poles" Workshop: Lincoln City, OR
Tue, February 06, 2018 Board Meeting
Sun, February 04, 2018 (FULL) Free hands on "Peace Poles" Workshop: Portland, OR
Fri, January 19, 2018 OPA General Meeting + Presentation: Your Online Presence
Tue, December 05, 2017 December OPA Board Meeting
Thu, November 30, 2017 Help Wanted - Board Positions and Team Jobs
Wed, November 15, 2017 2017 Online OPA Holiday Season Studio Sale Guide
Fri, November 10, 2017 OPA General Meeting + Presentation: Thoughts on Contemporary Japanese Clay An illustrated lecture by Maribeth Graybill, Ph.D.
Wed, October 25, 2017 Travel Survey for Exhibition Entrants
Sat, September 16, 2017 2017 OPA PICNIC Wine Tasting and Pit Firing
Sat, September 16, 2017 Clay in Ed Booth at OMSI Makers Faire
Thu, August 10, 2017 Board Meeting
Fri, July 14, 2017 OPA Group Buy Summer 2017
Fri, July 14, 2017 OPA General Meeting + Round Table Technical Discussions
Fri, June 30, 2017 Empty Bowls
Tue, June 20, 2017 OPA/JAPAN Exhibit - Intent to Apply
Fri, June 16, 2017 Throwathon for Empty Bowls
Thu, June 08, 2017 Program Coordinators and Board Meeting
Fri, May 12, 2017 OPA General Meeting + Presentation: Dennis Meiners - Ceramics in the Time of Climate Change
Mon, May 08, 2017 Hokkaido Meeting
Fri, May 05, 2017 The Art and Culture of Japan Exhibition
Fri, April 21, 2017 Ceramic Showcase 2017
Wed, April 05, 2017 Info Meeting - Opportunity: show and/or travel in Sapporo, Japan 2018
Tue, April 04, 2017 April Board & Program Coordinators Meeting
Wed, March 22, 2017 NCECA
Mon, March 20, 2017 Deb Schwartzkopf and Randy Johnston Pre-NCECA Workshop
Thu, March 16, 2017 One day demo workshop by Chris Gustin
Fri, March 10, 2017 OPA General Meeting: Choose Showcase Booth/Election II and Potluck
Thu, March 09, 2017 Showcase and NCECA Host Sign Up
Sun, February 12, 2017 The Birds and the Bees - Showcase Installation Workshop, Showcase Meeting
Thu, February 09, 2017 February Board and Program Coordinators Meeting
Mon, January 30, 2017 Call for Entries: Art and Culture of Japan
Thu, January 26, 2017 Exhibition: From the Earth
Fri, January 20, 2017 MEETING UPDATE: OPA General Meeting has been postponed to January 20,2017 + Potluck + Elections + Panel Presentation: The Enduring Vitality of Ceramics in Japan
Thu, December 29, 2016 December Board & Program Coordinators Meeting
Mon, December 05, 2016 Call for Entries: Keep Portland Wared: Pottery in the Pacific Northwest
Sat, November 19, 2016 2016 OPA Holiday Season Studio Sale Guide
Fri, November 18, 2016 November OPA General Meeting / The Beauty of Porcelain: Carving, Altering, Chattering
Tue, November 15, 2016 Call for Entries: From the Earth
Tue, November 15, 2016 Ceramic Showcase 2017 Application
Fri, November 04, 2016 OPA Photo Shoot
Thu, October 20, 2016 Special Workshop "Wild Apricot" The New OPA Website
Mon, October 03, 2016 October Board and Program Coordinators Meeting
Sun, September 18, 2016 OPA Picnic Celebration

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