About Clay in Education

The OPA Clay in Education program helps facilitate a variety of ceramic educational experiences throughout the state.

We provide clay making activities at Ceramic Showcase, OMSI  Mini Maker Faire, and Art in the Pearl. This outreach into the community invites people of all ages to experience hands-on the intimate responsive nature of clay, and the remarkable way head, hands and heart can work together in the creative process. We thank Georgies Art Supply for providing the clay for these outreach efforts.

We present a High School gallery at Ceramic Showcase that highlights fine work by high schoolers from throughout the state. First, second and third place awards are given as voted by our membership. We also offer an annual scholarship for a talented high school student to continue their ceramic studies and we contribute to the National Scholastic Art Awards in both Central Oregon and the Portland Metro area.

Clay in Education funds these programs through members’ dues, donations, grants and an annual installation at Ceramic Showcase.



Call for Clay Artists for Fall 2021 Artist Residencies

OPA has received a grant from the Autzen Foundation to support 10 clay artist residencies in K-12 Title I schools in the Portland Area.

Would you like to demonstrate your awesome clay skills and share your passion for making with a class of students? Each residency lasts 40 hours - thats one week full time or several weeks part time. You will be required to take a short training, and submit a final report describing your work and experience with the students at the end. Artist stipend is $25/hr which equals $1000. For further info or to apply, please contact Miranda/ secretary@oregonpotters.org

*Applications Due August 15th*

CLICK HERE TO APPLY

About the Ray Grimm Scholarship 

This scholarship is offered to teachers who have a program or ideas for starting clay education in their classroom/nearby schools. It offers $1500 available for the use of  materials, supplies, etc. in offering the program  to school-aged children.

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Call for Clay Artists for Fall 2021 Artist Residencies

OPA has received a grant from the Autzen Foundation to support 10 clay artist residencies in K-12 Title I schools in the Portland Area.

Would you like to demonstrate your awesome clay skills and share your passion for making with a class of students?

CLICK HERE TO APPLY

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