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UPCOMING EVENTS

    • Thu, September 30, 2021
    • Sat, October 30, 2021
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    OPA Bisque Bowls 
    for 
    Gather:Make:Shelter

    Gather:Make:Shelter has asked OPA members to join in collaboration

    for their end-of-year, gift-giving event. Black and white bowls (underglazed by

    GMS houseless members, thrown and bisqued by OPA members)

    are specially made for GMS end-of-year giving season.


    Want to learn more about Gather:Make:Shelter ? CLICK HERE


    Donated bisque bowls will be received by Gather:Make:Shelter and workshops will lead by Dana Louis, and Maddy Dubin at GMS headquarters daily for houseless members to come paint, eat lunch and receive stipends.


    Money made by this program goes to support future workshops, provide stipends for our houseless members, help our work with the c3po houseless villages and have shows at the headquarters (featuring artwork made by houseless individuals)


    Please RSVP to this event by September 30th to join in for this opportunity.


    OPA members sign up by RSVP'ing to this event.

    Gather Make Shelter will supply clay

    to all ceramic artists and potters that register.


          


    Participation Details

    GMS is asking OPA potters

    to create 7 to 12 inch wide bowls

    using either red or white clays

    that fire to cone 6.

    IMPORTANT DEADLINES FOR PARTICIPATION

    Sept 30th: RSVP Deadline

    October 30th: Bowl Preparation Deadline

    November 1st: Bowl Drop Off Deadline

    Gather:Make:Shelter would like to know how much clay each potter would like to receive and how many bowls they plan to make ahead of time.

    PLEASE COMPLETE THIS REQUIRED FORM TO PARTICIPATE

    FORM HERE

    More Details about this gift-giving event from GMS:

    • Customers may order bowls in bulk to be picked up at GMS HQ or delivered ready to ship for a fee
    • Bowls are sold in sets of 5 or 10
    • Pre Orders made before Sept 19 will be able to pick up bowls by Dec 1
    • Limited run ~500
    • Bowls will arrive in attractive gift packaging in GMS colors; each bowl includes a card signed by the artist(s) and a short explanation of the project
    • The program celebrates the connections between people, highlighting the gratitude of relationships between colleagues as well as connecting recipients to the artists in the project
    • Money made by this program goes to support future workshops, provide stipends for our houseless members, help our work with the c3po houseless villages and have shows at the headquarters (featuring artwork made by houseless individuals)


    • Mon, November 01, 2021
    • Sat, January 01, 2022
    • 300 SW Yamhill Downtown Portland
    • 3
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    Pop Up Gallery

    WHAT: Pop Up Gallery for 50-60 OPA Members

    WHEN: November 15 - December 31

    WHERE: 300 SW Yamhill in downtown Portland

    Prosper Portland has granted OPA a 3,000 square foot prime retail location for a Pop Up gallery. The proposal we submitted described a gallery for emerging and long-standing OPA members, run cooperatively, with a low commission taken and participating members filling all work roles. A team has come together to begin planning this new venture.

     

    We envision a bright open space - shelves brimming with work and clusters of pedestals highlighting large pieces. A card rack with greeting cards featuring photos of member’s work, a Christmas tree studded with handmade ornaments and a demo area will add interest to our unique establishment.

     

    We will be open November 16th - December 31st, Tuesdays*-Sundays, 10am-6pm, with possible extended holiday hours. We will have access to the space beginning November 1st and that is when onsite preparations will begin. *Possibly Mondays, too.

    Participating members will:

     

    ·        Pay $30 to register. (refunded with payment)

    Form for registration will be emailed after payment comfirmation. Please check your email after you pay to complete the form.

    ·        Help to prep the site, be on the social media team or help break down the site

    ·        Work seven 4.5-hour work shifts to staff the shop between Nov 16th-Dec. 31st.

     

    A 20% commission will be taken on all sales,

    with the figure dropping to 15% for everyone,

    if gross sales for the 7-weeks top $100,000.

    Payment checks will be issued by January 31st, 2022

    Shifts can be once a week or days clustered together. These work shifts will be in the realm of customer service - cashier, wrapper, shop attendants, security, demonstrations, etc. We are planning to have 4-5 folks in the shop at all times.

     

    We estimate having room for 50-60 members to participate, with 20% of those slots being reserved for our BIPOC & AAPI members.

     

    We see this as a wonderful opportunity for OPA to try something new. As such we anticipate there will be a lot of learning as we go. It is essential that all of those involved fulfill their obligation and be flexible and kind to each other. 

     

    This is not just a sales opportunity,

    but also a time for members to build relationships

    by working along side each other.

    All members in good standing are welcome to register.

    We want to show off the depth & breadth of OPA members’ work!



    • Sat, November 06, 2021
    • 9:30 AM
    • Sat, November 27, 2021
    • 6:00 PM
    • Willamina, OR
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    Join the East Creek Anagama firing crew in firing your pots for 5 days and nights in Willamina, OR. Each firing will be led by experienced wood fire-ers and provide the opportunity to learn, connect, and serve your inner pyro. Sign up for your chance to participate in a spring firing! 

    Firing Style: Hot and glassy, our goal will be to keep functional glazes functional.

    Your Pots: Each member can sign up for 1-2 CF. If there is space available closer to the firing date, we will allow members to purchase additional CF.

    Loading: Your bisque fired pieces must arrive at East Creek by 9:30am on Saturday, November 6. You are welcome to come out Friday to glaze and wad pots, and would be welcome to camp out on site. Opportunities for Portland drop off and for in person delivery will be available. In case of COVID escalation, a pickup service may be established. The OPA will help to organize these logistics for each firing.

    The firing: We welcome you to participate in as much of the firing as you would like, but we ask that you come to at least one 8 hr shift during the firing from Nov. 8-14. We will also be loading and firing our new Catenary Arch Wood Soda kiln, and you will be able to have some of your pieces included in that firing. An online scheduling mechanism will be available, and we will also establish a schedule during the loading.

    Your finished pots: Each participant must come to the unloading that will take place on Saturday, November. 27 to share in work and festivities!

    This offering is available for OPA members only.


    Loading: 11/6/21 - 11/8/21

    Firing: 11/8/21 - 11/14/21

    Unloading: 11/27/21




    • Tue, November 09, 2021
    • 7:00 PM
    • Zoom Link in Description
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    Join us for our virtual meeting! 

    Topic: OPA | Board Meeting Room

    Join Zoom Meeting
    https://zoom.us/j/92446141847

    Meeting ID: 924 4614 1847
    Dial in number: 253 215 8782


    • Tue, December 07, 2021
    • 7:00 PM
    • Zoom Link in Description
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    Join us for our virtual meeting! 

    Topic: OPA | Board Meeting Room

    Join Zoom Meeting
    https://zoom.us/j/92446141847

    Meeting ID: 924 4614 1847
    Dial in number: 253 215 8782


    • Fri, December 31, 2021
    • 12:00 AM
    • Online, Link will be Emailed
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    This is a video recording of a demonstration which took place on 3/31/2021. Run time is 01:58:51.

    A link to the cloud-based video recording will be sent in the payment confirmation email.

    This listing is for personal use only and will expire on 12/31/21. For non-personal use & licensing questions, please contac t president@oregonpotters.org.

    Final sale, no refunds permitted.


    This is a workshop demonstrating how to create a robot monster that includes added metal parts. James will show how he works through the initial creative process of designing and sketching a monster that incorporates found metal objects. He'll show his slab and sculptural techniques for building a vessel and also demonstrate specific monster making skills. This workshop will explain how to calculate the fitting of metal parts with consideration of clay shrinkage and also how to adhere those parts after the firings.

    You Will Learn:

    1. Learn design and sketching techniques

    2. Learn slap and sculptural clay building techniques

    3. Learn techniques for combining metal parts, including calculating clay shrinkage and adhesives

    Materials Needed:

    • Clay - James uses Timberline Sculptural, cone 6, and White Salmon with grog, cone 6

    • Clay sculpting tools

    • Clay slicing wire tool or fishing line

    • Ruler or tape measure

    • Water dish with clay added to make slip

    • Ware boards or a porous work surface - James uses Hardie-Boards the size of my table tops

    • Sketch pad and pencil

    • Found metal objects such as engine gears, faucet handles, camera lenses...

    • Two-part epoxy - James uses PC-7 because it's black


    • Fri, December 31, 2021
    • Online, Link Will Be Emailed Immediately Upon Purchase
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    This is a video recording of a demonstration which took place on July 29th, 2020. Run time is 1:50:24. 

    A link to the cloud-based video recording will be sent in the payment confirmation email. The video link will expire on 12/31/2021.

    This listing is for personal use only. For non-personal use & licensing questions, please contact president@oregonpotters.org.

    Final sale, no refunds permitted.


    In this workshop Amy will demonstrate her process in creating a pierced vessel. Amy's vessels begin on the wheel and are pierced just after trimming. Amy will discuss various tools used in the cut out process and ideal stages of dryness of the pot as it is carved. She will also go over cleaning the burrs after piercing.

    You Will Learn:

    1. Ideal stage of dryness of the vessel to pierce.
    2. Tools and techniques for creating an evenly spaced pierced vessel.
    3. Cleaning rough edges before firing.

    Materials Needed:

    • A small thin vessel, something that might hold approximately 8oz.
    • Hole and/or shape cutters.
    • Water and a small smooth sponge.
    • Fri, December 31, 2021
    • 12:00 AM
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    This is a video recording of a demonstration which took place on 5/19/2021. Run time is 01:30:52

    A link to the cloud-based video recording will be sent in the payment confirmation email.

    This listing is for personal use only and will expire on 12/31/21. For non-personal use & licensing questions, please contac t president@oregonpotters.org.

    Final sale, no refunds permitted.

    A simple one-piece plaster push mold can help you create sculptural pieces efficiently and each piece can still be unique! Get over your fear of plaster and fall in love with the possibilities of quickly replicating your original sculptures which you have spent hours refining. From your detailed original, learn to make a basic plaster mold with readily available materials. I will show you how I use molds of my original sculpts of human and animal faces to create one-of-a-kind pieces. This is NOT an advanced mold-making course demonstrating two-part molds for slip-casting, but rather a class meant to show the versatility of simple press molds.

    This class is best to first attend and watch, then attempt. When you are ready to attempt, here are the materials you will need:

    Supplies (not necessary for class time, but needed in order to try the project on your own)

    • a small sculpture in wet greenware, (less than leatherhard) and prepped to prevent undercuts
    • cottle boards, old plastic yogurt containers or paper cups to use as mold frame (depends on size of original)
    • A surface to make the mold on (a granite or marble tile or counter or a melamine tray are first choices)
    • fresh potters plaster (store in a sealed plastic container)
    • Measuring cup
    • postal scale (maybe optional)
    • old mixing bowl (or from the dollar store)
    • old mixing utensil or hand
    • wet clay (for mold set up and casting)
    • water
    • wood and metal modeling tools
    • clean up implements: rags, paper towels
    • Vaseline or Murphy's soap

    Objectives:

    1) Learn to prepare an original piece of wet greenware for a one-piece mold and set up your mold frame

    2) Learn to mix plaster, pour, and refine your mold for casting

    3) See how I cast my molds and applications in which I use my castings


    • Fri, December 31, 2021
    • 12:00 AM
    • Online, Link will be Emailed
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    This is a video recording of a demonstration which took place on 3/24/2021. Run time is 00:38:06.

    A link to the cloud-based video recording will be sent in the payment confirmation email.

    This listing is for personal use only and will expire on 12/31/21. For non-personal use & licensing questions, please contac t president@oregonpotters.org.

    Final sale, no refunds permitted.



    Participants will watch how Michael sets a preliminary contour line drawing onto a flat sheet of copper, how to tape down the picture and place a piece of foam under the copper to allow indentation or embossing lines by the drawing stylus instrument. Michael will then show participants how to permanently attach the finished copper repoussé to a circular object. Michael will also show and explain how to press a copper repoussé salmon onto a flat slab of clay.

    You Will Learn:

    1. Showing how to produce an expressive permanent copper repoussé object of your choice and attach it permanently to a hard circular roll

    2. The experience of using new materials for participants to create a new and different way to manipulate clay

    3. This created copper repoussé device will make for less time to create many new images, both single use, multiple use, and use it compositionally

    Materials Needed:

    • One rolled out slab of clay

    • One or two Copper tooling sheets 12” wide by 9” inches, 30 or 36 gauge thickness. Check local art stores for copper tooling sheets, or order # 0401500(A)A191 at $31.45 each through NASCO Education catalog, 1 800 558 9595

    • 1 wooden board to go under the copper tooling sheet.

    • One sheet of felt to go between the Copper tooling sheet and the wooden board, to be able to indent and make the copper tooling sheet take the indentation of the stylus tool to create the grooved lines.

    • Stylus tools: 1 chinese chopstick, barely sharpened and rounded end, 1 quarter inch wooden dowel, barely sharpened with a rounded end, and 1 thicker primary pencil with rounded end – these will be used to press into the taped paper drawing and Copper tooling sheet underneath

    • Tube of "Liquid Nails" smaller tube (or) caulking tube of "Liquid Nails" and one inch putty knife to spread it around

    • Thick, round, 10" inch to 12" diameter cardboard hollow tube that you can get at Home Depot, and saw/cut off a 10" to 12" length for this project

    • 1"inch wide blue painter's masking tape or 1" inch wide regular masking tape

    • Create a sketch of one of your favorite icons, symbols, animal head, or body, fluer de le, flower, or one of your existing designs that you have created in the past for your pottery making. Reduce your contour line drawing to just a few important lines, bare bones sketch. Keep your drawing to about 10” inches by eight” inches so the pressed repose’ design stays up to two inches away from the 12” inch outside edges of the Copper plate

    • Optional: Have a Slab of clay already rolled out that is a little wider than your 10” inch X 8” inch drawing on paper, and place a plastic sheet over the slab of clay till Michael demonstrates how to roll the thick round cardboard hollow roll over his copper tooling repoussé 

      You may experiment with your stylus and Copper tooling sheet before my class starts if you can get the supplies ready beforehand.


    • Fri, December 31, 2021
    • Online, Link will be Emailed
    • 499
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    This is a video recording of a demonstration which took place on July 22, 2021. Run time is 1:52:03. 

    A link to the cloud-based video recording will be sent in the payment confirmation email. The video link will expire on 12/31/2021.

    This listing is for personal use only. For non-personal use & licensing questions, please contact president@oregonpotters.org.

    Final sale, no refunds permitted.

    Clay slabs cut to size with a template will be decorated with stamps, then conditioned and used to build cups and teapots. A hand built spout will be made on a mandrell, and handles will be pulled from cups and teapot. Technique for hand building a teapot spout without a mandrell will also be demonstrated. There will be a discussion of making your own pattern stamps from leather hard clay blocks.


    You Will Learn:

    1.  An understanding preparation of clay slab for accurate hand building.
    2. How to draft patterns and make templates to repeat dimensions.
    3. How to join clay components for perfect firing

    Materials Needed:

    • Dimensions of circles and rectangles to be cut from a 3/16" thick fresh clay slab are listed below. A 20"" x 20"" slab of clay will be sufficient for a single teapot, and a 12"" x 20"" slab of clay of the same thickness will make 4 cups. Clay should be soft to allow for clear impressions from stamping tools. Please note that the clay for a hand built spout should be thinner; 1/8" approximately.

    • Potters will need a ruler, right triangle, serrated rib, small sponge, a small container of water, and newspaper on which to work. Any stamps or texture mats participants have may can be used to create texture on their component pieces. I also use a small brayer extensively - the kind that has a roller about 1.5"" wide that is available where wallpaper supplies are sold. Wood is preferable to plastic if you can find one! Available on Amazon as *Amazon Basics Wallpaper Seam Roller.*

    • A small turntable is helpful for assembly, and very useful for hand building the teapot lid. Sheet plastic for covering work in progress is necessary. Dimensions for components: 1) teapot body - 13.75" x 5.5""; 2) lid - 5" circle; 3) bottom and shoulder - 4" circles - cut 2; 4) spout - 8" x 4"" x 1/8"; 5) Other pieces - 12" x 4" slab; 6) Mug 9.50" x 4"; 7) Mug bottom - 4" circle. Please also have a pattern for a 3" diameter circle.


    The Zoom Demonstration will be recorded and sent out to all registrants if you want to attend but have a scheduling conflict during the live demonstration.

    Since this is an online workshop, you will need to have a computer, tablet, or phone that can run video conferencing in a browser or app.

    • Fri, December 31, 2021
    • 12:00 AM
    • Online, Link will be Emailed
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    This is a video recording of a demonstration which took place on 5/26/2021. Run time is 01:47:06

    A link to the cloud-based video recording will be sent in the payment confirmation email.

    This listing is for personal use only and will expire on 12/31/21. For non-personal use & licensing questions, please contac t president@oregonpotters.org.

    Final sale, no refunds permitted.


    My collage plates are reminiscent of a mixed media collage, however, we will be using clay! With a combination of hand-carved stamps and various other textures from my stamp collection, we will be creating a collage plate using a menagerie of different textures. I enjoy pairing a glossy glaze next to a matte glaze to add some additional interest!


    You Will Learn:

    • Good craftmanship using slab construction and multiple hand building techniques
    • A new arsenal of tools & methods
    • About brushing glazes and a few glaze design aesthetics


    Materials Needed:

    • large clay slab
    • small or large bisque plate form
    • work surface (I use 2.5x2.5 drywall from home depot/lowes (precut)
    • two smaller boards (larger than your bisque plate form)
    • assortment of stamps (large & small)
    • large & small cookie cutters with a scalloped edge
    • rolling pin
    • ruler
    • large & small brush
    • squeegee or a soft Sherrill Mudtools
    • exacto knife
    • corn starch
    • thin plastic
    • water
    • serrated tracing wheel (optional)


    • Fri, December 31, 2021
    • 12:00 AM
    • Online, Link will be Emailed
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    This is a video recording of a demonstration which took place on 3/17/2021. Run time is 01:05:23. 

    A link to the cloud-based video recording will be sent in the payment confirmation email.

    This listing is for personal use only and will expire on 12/31/21. For non-personal use & licensing questions, please contac t president@oregonpotters.org.

    Final sale, no refunds permitted.

    In this workshop we will explore a number of ceramic surface decoration techniques: fine line carving, sgraffito, craft foam stamps and mishima. Jess will be doing a step-by-step demo of how she achieves her fine carved lines employing the use of underglazes and tinted glazes with a likeness to wash watercolor. 

    You Will Learn:

    1. A broader knowledge of technical surface approaches

    2. How to most easily execute the techniques
    3. Aesthetic choices for future ceramic projects.

    Materials Needed:

    • Leather hard pots or slabs (to use as canvases for surface exploration)

    • Any or all: a needle tool, Craft knife (x-acto or other), Kemper WS wire Stylus (https://www.baileypottery.com/c-090-ws.html)

    • Small sponge

    • Preferred underglazes (Jess likes AMACO velvet underglazes)

    • Paint Brushes (Jess prefers watercolor brushes because they hold more material)

    • Wax resist

    • Fri, December 31, 2021
    • 12:00 AM
    • Online, Link will be Emailed
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    This is a video recording of a demonstration which took place on 5/5/2021. Run time is 01:31:28

    A link to the cloud-based video recording will be sent in the payment confirmation email.

    This listing is for personal use only and will expire on 12/31/21. For non-personal use & licensing questions, please contac t president@oregonpotters.org.

    Final sale, no refunds permitted.


    Clay is an amazing material with a unique balance of rigidity and malleability. Join Samuel Newman of Suay Ceramics to explore the challenge of capturing the softness of clay in the form of a pitcher. We will focus on the technical elements of throwing a pitcher, forming and altering your rim, and fitting a handle to your form!


    You will learn:

    1. How to throw and alter a Suay Ceramics Pitcher

    2. How to pull, cut and form a pitcher spout

    3. How to design and attach your Pitcher Handle


    Suggested Materials:

    Internet Connection

    Clay Journal 

    • Fri, December 31, 2021
    • 12:00 AM
    • Online, Link will be Emailed
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    This is a video recording of a demonstration which took place on 3/10/2021. Run time is 1:38:43. 

    A link to the cloud-based video recording will be sent in the payment confirmation email.

    This listing is for personal use only. For non-personal use & licensing questions, please contact president@oregonpotters.org.

    Final sale, no refunds permitted.


    Learn how to sculpt a cat with Carrie Kitzke of Studio Mimmi Ceramics. In this 1.5 hour workshop you will learn the foundations of pinching/pulling a form. This workshop will guide you through the steps of creating a cat and how to make simple a simple push mold for ladybugs and mushrooms. We'll discuss the merits of solid sculpting and how it can help create uniform work. Carrie will demonstrate techniques learned from hand sculpting over 1,000 clay kitties. She has taught this sculpting method to both kids and adults, its great for beginners or experienced ceramicists looking for something new. The techniques in this class are transferable to Sculpey so participants don't need a kiln to participate. 

    Younger kids should work with an adult and might only be interested in the “kitty making” which will be the first 45 mins and then we’ll focus on push molds for the second half. 

    You Will Learn:

    1. Learn how to sculpt a cat.

    2. Learn how to make small push molds and add cute details

    3. Learn skills that are transferable to oven-bake or air dry clay

    Materials Needed:

    • Clay (a 4 oz ball and some extra) OR an oven bake clay alternative like Sculpey (2 oz package for one cat, plus extra for details) 

    • Needle tool (or a tooth pick)

    • Sponge

    • Water

    • Scratching/scoring tool 

    • Slip 

      Note: if you're using Sculpey you only need two 2oz packages and a needle tool or tooth pick. Rubbing alcohol can be used to smooth unbaked Sculpey. 

    • Fri, December 31, 2021
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    This is a video recording of a demonstration which took place on July 8th, 2020. Run time is 2:00:22. 

    A link to the cloud-based video recording will be sent in the payment confirmation email. The video link will expire on 12/31/2021.

    This listing is for personal use only. For non-personal use & licensing questions, please contact president@oregonpotters.org.

    Final sale, no refunds permitted.


    Handles are like chess, simple to learn but difficult to master. An intentional handle can really elevate the most basic form. Come join me in this 2 hour hands-on workshop as I demonstrate and articulate my view points on what makes a successful handle. We'll primarily focus on pulling a handle off of the mug with an emphasis on harmony and function. 

    You Will Learn:

    1. How to pull a handle off the mug.
    2. Why handles need more attention than the actual vessel.
    3. How to find balance and harmony through your handle on a difficult form.

    Suggested for Workshop:

    • Leather hard mug
    • Wedged ball of clay - 1 lb
    • Scoring tool
    • Sponge
    • Water
    • Clay Journal for notes



    • Fri, December 31, 2021
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    This is a video recording of a demonstration which took place on July 8th, 2020. Run time is 1:01:11. 

    A link to the cloud-based video recording will be sent in the payment confirmation email. The video link will expire on 12/31/2021.

    This listing is for personal use only. For non-personal use & licensing questions, please contact president@oregonpotters.org.

    Final sale, no refunds permitted.


    In this workshop I’ll share my passion for forming pieces for atmospheric kilns. Showing some of my favorite clay forming techniques, (coil and throw additions, faceting, and cutting feet), I'll demonstrate a technique I’ve personalized for making a lidded jar.

    Interwoven with the forming of clay is the birth and life of ideas, creation of personal meaning, of community and world.  As an artist/potter I work and play with these concerns using tools of metaphor, analogy, and critical thought.

    How do we move work and ideas forward?  What touchstones provide insight and perspective for ceramic artists?  How do we connect deeply to both the larger human story, and our contemporary context.  I’ll share how histories, myths, and traditions all inform and root my personal studio practice and fill a reservoir from which to draw.

    You Will Learn:

    1. Technique to make an enclosed form become a lidded jar on a potters wheel.
    2. How to fit slips to clays and utilize crackle slips for bisque and green-ware.
    3. Ways for listening to, learning from and moving forward with your work.



    • Fri, December 31, 2021
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    This is a video recording of a demonstration which took place on September 9th, 2020. Run time is 2:02:45. 

    This class is discounted due to some issues with the audio in the first ~4 minutes of the recording, due to some attendees not being muted.

    A link to the cloud-based video recording will be sent in the payment confirmation email. The video link will expire on 12/31/2021.

    This listing is for personal use only. For non-personal use & licensing questions, please contact president@oregonpotters.org.

    Final sale, no refunds permitted.


    In less than two hours you will create your own clay monster. The tools and techniques are very basic and the workshop is suitable for kids and adults. Detailed instruction and demonstration will be given to guide you through the entire process of making your own original creature of disgust. Instruction will also be given on how to stain and glaze, or how to use paints to add a wash and colors.

    You will learn:

    Participants will learn expert monster making techniques, along with basics in forming and joining clay parts. Instruction will also be given in figurative sculpting and posturing to express personality and emotion. There will be detailed demonstrations of texturing and monster appendage making.

    Materials needed:

    • ceramic clay - White Salmon with grog or a low-fire white clay body
    • air-dry clay if not firing in a kiln
    • 2 chopsticks (1 that is round at both ends, 1 that has a square end)
    • 2 round toothpicks
    • small water dish
    • small work board - hardy-backer/mason board, or wood, or a porous type surface
    • ceramic stain - iron oxide or a mix of iron and copper oxide
    • ceramic underglaze - "Duncan Concepts" - red, green, blue, yellow, black, white
    • acrylic paints if using non-fire clay
    • small paint brushes
    • Fri, December 31, 2021
    • Online, Link Will Be Emailed Immediately Upon Purchase
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    This is a video recording of a demonstration which took place on September 23rd, 2020. Run time is 1:46:40. 

    A link to the cloud-based video recording will be sent in the payment confirmation email. The video link will expire on 12/31/2021.

    This listing is for personal use only. For non-personal use & licensing questions, please contact president@oregonpotters.org.

    Final sale, no refunds permitted.

    I will demo the throwing and altering of a tall cylinder. The throwing of a round lid and flange to attach to the squared cylinder and its sizing .The extrudes of parts for applied feet and attaching. The throwing of a knob and its manipulation. A discussion about clay, slips and the final glaze treatment.

    You will learn:

    The ease to discover and expand simple thrown shapes into more complcated shapes. The use of dies and extrudes to make editions to your work. The idea of engineering and planning to broaden your view of what can be made as a potter.

    Materials needed:

    A notebook for taking notes and drawing ideas, and slip glaze info

    • Fri, December 31, 2021
    • Online, Link Will Be Emailed Immediately Upon Purchase
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    This is a video recording of a demonstration which took place on October 7th, 2020. Run time is 1:21:47. 

    A link to the cloud-based video recording will be sent in the payment confirmation email. The video link will expire on 12/31/2021.

    This listing is for personal use only. For non-personal use & licensing questions, please contact president@oregonpotters.org.

    Final sale, no refunds permitted.


    During the demo I walk the participants through the different components and throwing processes involved in making a sauerkraut crock for fermenting cabbage. The participants will learn to make the vessel along with the lid and knob as well as ceramic weights.

    Materials needed:

    A notebook and pen

    • Fri, December 31, 2021
    • Online, Link Will Be Emailed Immediately Upon Purchase
    Register

    This is a video recording of a demonstration which took place on October 14th, 2020. Run time is 2:05:57. 

    A link to the cloud-based video recording will be sent in the payment confirmation email. The video link will expire on 12/31/2021.

    This listing is for personal use only. For non-personal use & licensing questions, please contact president@oregonpotters.org.

    Final sale, no refunds permitted.

    Decal application is a fresh and exciting way to transfer images onto clay. The options are limitless - both commercially made and individually produced decals can provide a range of colors, photographic likenesses, and detailed imagery.

    In this course, Alicia Craft will introduce the fundamentals of ceramic decals: appropriate application, tips to avoid transfer issues, firing work, and problem solving. Alicia will also discuss how she creates the decals she uses within her own work, altering and adjusting imagery for crisp transfers. *Please note, this course will not go in depth on Photoshop or other image editing software which is largely outside of the scope of the allotted time.


    You will learn:

    1) The variety of decals available to the ceramic artist 
    2) Decal application and problem solving
    3) Firing variables, potential defects, and testing


    Materials needed:
    No materials are required to learn about the decal application process. However, if participants would like to apply decals alongside the workshop demonstration:

    • Fully fired ceramic item- glazed or unglazed (no bisqueware)
    • Pre-made ceramic decals
    • Container with clean water
    • Clean sponge

    • Sat, January 08, 2022
    • 9:30 AM
    • Sat, January 29, 2022
    • 6:00 PM
    • Willamina, OR
    Register

    Join the East Creek Anagama firing crew in firing your pots for 5 days and nights in Willamina, OR. Each firing will be led by experienced wood fire-ers and provide the opportunity to learn, connect, and serve your inner pyro. Sign up for your chance to participate in a spring firing! 

    Firing Style: Reduction Cooled, This reduction-cooled firing of the anagama will result in a more intense color palette than other firings, and the interruption of smooth glassy surfaces with textured, glittery, tectonic surfaces. While these surfaces are beautiful, be aware that they may exhibit some roughness or reduced functional qualities.

    Your Pots: Each member can sign up for 1-2 CF. If there is space available closer to the firing date, we will allow members to purchase additional CF.

    Loading: Your bisque fired pieces must arrive at East Creek by 9:30am on Saturday, Jan. 8. You are welcome to come out Friday to glaze and wad pots, and would be welcome to camp out on site. Opportunities for Portland drop off and for in person delivery will be available. In case of COVID escalation, a pickup service may be established. The OPA will help to organize these logistics for each firing.

    The firing: We welcome you to participate in as much of the firing as you would like, but we ask that you come to at least one 8 hr shift during the firing from Jan. 11-17. An online scheduling mechanism will be available, and we will also establish a schedule during the loading.

    Your finished pots: Each participant must come to the unloading that will take place on Saturday, January 29 to share in work and festivities!

    This offering is available for OPA members only.

    Loading: 1/8/22 - 1/10/22

    Firing: 1/10/22 - 1/17/22

    Unloading: 1/29/22



Past events

Tue, October 05, 2021 OPA Board Meeting
Sun, September 19, 2021 OPA Sept. 19th Membership Meeting @ 4:00pm RSVP to Vote!
Tue, September 07, 2021 OPA Board Meeting
Tue, August 03, 2021 OPA Board Meeting
Wed, July 28, 2021 Online Demonstration: Indian-themed Surface Decoration Using Colored Slips and Underglazes at Cone 6 Firing with Anshula Tayal
Wed, July 21, 2021 Online Demonstration: Coiling Techniques for Big Forms with Ian Wieczorek
Fri, July 16, 2021 General Membership Meeting Friday July 16th @ 7pm
Wed, July 14, 2021 Online Demonstration: Handbuilding Teapots and Cups with Textured Clay with Ginger Steele
Tue, July 06, 2021 OPA Board Meeting
Tue, June 01, 2021 OPA Board Meeting
Wed, May 26, 2021 Online Demonstration: Make a Collage Plate out of Thin Slabs of Clay with Stephanie Burton
Wed, May 19, 2021 Online Demonstration: Press Mold Magic: A Beginner's Guide to One-Piece Plaster Mold Making for Sculpture & Beyond with Kendall Jones
Fri, May 14, 2021 OPA General Membership Meeting May 14th @ 7pm
Wed, May 12, 2021 Online Demonstration: Porcelain Workshop with Jacob Monroe
Wed, May 05, 2021 Online Demonstration: Make a Pitcher with Suay Ceramics
Tue, May 04, 2021 OPA Board Meeting
Sat, April 24, 2021 East Creek Anagama April-May Firing
Tue, April 06, 2021 OPA Board Meeting
Wed, March 31, 2021 Online Demonstration: Robot Monster with Metal Parts with James DeRosso
Wed, March 24, 2021 Online Demonstration: How to Make a Copper Repoussé for Clay with Michael Simmons
Wed, March 17, 2021 Online Demonstration: Illustrative Pots - A Deep Dive in Surface Exploration with Jess Faulk
Fri, March 12, 2021 General Members Meeting March 12th
Wed, March 10, 2021 Online Demonstration: Pinch, Pull and Push Your Cat: Simple Sculpting with Carrie Kitzke of Studio Mimmi Ceramics
Tue, March 02, 2021 OPA Board Meeting
Sat, February 27, 2021 East Creek Anagama March Firing
Wed, February 17, 2021 Gathering for New Members!
Tue, February 02, 2021 OPA Board Meeting
Fri, January 29, 2021 Register for Ceramic Showcase 2021
Sat, January 23, 2021 MHCC Clay Club presents Form, Function, and Personal Expression: An exploration of Slab Building and Airbrush Techniques for Electric and Atmospheric Firings
Fri, January 15, 2021 January 15th General Members Meeting 7:00pm
Sat, January 09, 2021 East Creek Anagama Reduction-Cooled January Firing
Tue, December 01, 2020 Board Meeting Tuesday December 1st
Fri, November 20, 2020 OPA General Members Meeting Friday Nov. 20th 6:30pm
Wed, November 18, 2020 Tiny Treasure Swap!
Sat, November 07, 2020 East Creek Anagama November Firing
Tue, November 03, 2020 Board Meeting Tuesday November 3rd
Sat, October 24, 2020 MHCC Making Marks Free Webinars
Wed, October 14, 2020 Intro to Image Transfer through Decal Application with Alicia Craft
Wed, October 07, 2020 Making Sauerkraut Crocks with Dwayne Sackey
Tue, October 06, 2020 Board Meeting Tuesday October 6th
Sat, October 03, 2020 OPA Fall Pop-up in Salem
Wed, September 23, 2020 How to Throw a Squared Lidded Jar with a Round Lid with Patrick Horsley
Sat, September 19, 2020 OPA 40th Anniversary Party
Tue, September 15, 2020 Board Meeting Tuesday September 15th
Wed, September 09, 2020 Monster Making with James DeRosso
Sat, September 05, 2020 Call for Artist: Art In The Pearl Fine Arts & Crafts Festival
Tue, September 01, 2020 Board Meeting Tuesday September 1st
Tue, August 18, 2020 Board Meeting Tuesday August 18th
Tue, August 04, 2020 Board Meeting Tuesday August 4th
Wed, July 29, 2020 Online Workshop: Pierced Vessel with Amy Fields
Wed, July 22, 2020 Online Workshop: Making a Lidded Jar for an Atmospheric Firing with Chris Baskin
Tue, July 21, 2020 Board Meeting Tuesday July 21st
Wed, July 15, 2020 Online Workshop: Pinch and Pull Your Cat: Simple Sculpting with Carrie Kitzke
Wed, July 08, 2020 Online Workshop: Can You Handle It? with Samuel Newman
Tue, July 07, 2020 Board Meeting Tuesday July 7th
Tue, June 16, 2020 Board Meeting Tuesday June 16th
Tue, June 02, 2020 Board Meeting Tuesday June 2nd
Tue, May 05, 2020 Board Meeting Tuesday May 5th
Tue, April 07, 2020 Board Meeting Tuesday April 7th
Fri, April 03, 2020 OPA Wood Firing at East Creek Anagama - Special Member Selection
Wed, April 01, 2020 2020 Ray Grimm Memorial Award Application
Fri, March 13, 2020 First OPA Showcase Installation Workshop
Fri, March 06, 2020 MARCH 6TH Showcase Booth Picking Meeting & General Meeting
Tue, March 03, 2020 Board Meeting Tuesday March 3rd
Sat, February 15, 2020 Northwest Wood Fire Conference Payment
Wed, January 22, 2020 Design, Innovation and Function – A two day workshop with visiting artist Jen Allen
Fri, January 10, 2020 General Members Meeting
Sat, November 30, 2019 OPA Holiday Sale
Fri, November 15, 2019 November General Meeting
Fri, November 08, 2019 OPA Fall Fair
Fri, October 11, 2019 Open Studios for National Clay Week
Sun, September 15, 2019 OPA Picnic
Sat, September 07, 2019 OPA At OMSI
Mon, September 02, 2019 OPA Tent at Art In The Pearl
Sun, August 25, 2019 Showcase Visions Meeting
Thu, July 04, 2019 Call to Artists - Blues Festival Booth
Sat, June 29, 2019 ALTERED REALITIES: A Workshop with Hanna Traynham & Sarah Chenoweth Davis
Mon, June 03, 2019 Board Meetings
Fri, May 10, 2019 May General Meeting
Sat, April 27, 2019 Showcase/Hokkaido Party
Fri, April 26, 2019 Ceramic Showcase
Mon, April 15, 2019 Call for Entry! The Shape of Clay: Selections from the Oregon Potters Association
Mon, April 01, 2019 Ray Grimm Award Application
Sun, March 31, 2019 Kris Paul Workshop
Sat, March 23, 2019 2019 OPA Scholarship Application
Fri, March 08, 2019 Booth Picking Meeting
Sun, March 03, 2019 Justice Center Window Display
Tue, February 26, 2019 Program Coordinators Meeting
Sat, February 23, 2019 Pet Bowl workshop at Wagon Wheel Pottery Studio
Sun, February 17, 2019 Pet Bowl Workshop @ Rhoda Fleischman's Studio
Sat, February 09, 2019 Pet Bowl Workshop @ James DeRosso's *Collaborative Fundraiser Event*
Sat, January 26, 2019 Stephanie Burton Workshop at MHCC
Fri, January 11, 2019 January Volunteer Appreciation & Elections Party
Sat, November 10, 2018 OPA Fall Fair
Fri, November 09, 2018 General Meeting with guest Jim Wylder presenting Studio Hacks
Wed, September 26, 2018 (copy) Ceramic Showcase 2018 Application
Sun, September 16, 2018 2018 OPA Sunday Picnic & Saturday Pit-Fire
Sat, September 08, 2018 Create your own clay tools with Janet Buskirk. Hands on workshop
Tue, August 28, 2018 *Free* Interactive Pigments workshop 12:00-2:00, Ceramic Showcase Visions meeting 2:30 - 5:30
Fri, July 13, 2018 July Program: Hokkaido exhibitors share their experience in Japan and General Membership Meeting
Wed, July 04, 2018 Empty Bowls at the 2018 Waterfront Blues Festival
Sat, June 09, 2018 OPA Members and Friends Gathering
Tue, June 05, 2018 Monthly Board Meeting - 1st Tuesday of Each Month
Fri, April 27, 2018 2018 Ceramic Showcase & Northwest Potters Interpret Their World
Fri, April 27, 2018 Ceramic Showcase 2018 Application
Tue, April 03, 2018 April Board Meeting
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 2018 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
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
Wed, June 07, 2017 Hokkaido show/Japan Travel - June 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 Ceramic Showcase 2017 Application
Tue, November 15, 2016 Call for Entries: From the Earth
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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