26 Questions with Kris Paul

Kris Paul in her studio.

Screen Shot 2014-03-17 at 9.20.24 PMFor the past 31 years the Ore­gon Pot­ters Asso­ci­a­tion has pre­sented Ceramic Show­case and with 2014, our 32nd year proves to be just as extra­or­di­nary.  Over 200 OPA mem­bers par­tic­i­pate in this 3 day show and sale of ceramic art and the work pre­sented is as diverse as our mem­bers.  Mem­bers from across Ore­gon and SW Wash­ing­ton con­verge at the Ore­gon Con­ven­tion Cen­ter for three days each spring.  

Not only can you see the artist’s work but vis­i­tors can meet the artists, watch ceramic demon­stra­tions, get a chance to get their hands in clay in our Adult and Children’s Clay Edu­ca­tion areas, lis­ten to local musi­cians on our Acoustic Stage, watch local chefs pre­pare amaz­ing food plated in locally crafted serv­ing ware and watch the next gen­er­a­tion of ceramic artists dur­ing our High School stu­dent throw-off.  

Ceramic Show­case is an all-volunteer event that is free for the pub­lic to attend.

This year the theme of Ceramic Show­case is “Cre­ate Locally, Inspire Glob­ally” and we will be cel­e­brat­ing the tech­niques and influ­ences that shape the work that our mem­bers craft.  Upon approach­ing Hall A, vis­i­tors will first see the Lobby Dis­play, “Global Inspi­ra­tion” fea­tur­ing work inspired by the world and cul­tures around us.  The Instal­la­tion Project, “Fac­ing Your Imag­i­na­tion” will ben­e­fit Med­ical Teams Inter­na­tional, a local non-profit orga­ni­za­tion work­ing on both the local as well as the inter­na­tional level.  Our mem­bers have crafted and donated masks that will be on dis­play just inside our front doors.  Global music will be pre­formed on the acoustic stage each day trans­port­ing our vis­i­tors on a musi­cal journey.

A Lit­tle Bit About Kris: 

I dis­cov­ered the world of ceram­ics com­pletely by acci­dent.  My mother, who is a pho­tog­ra­pher and had just lost her pri­vate dark­room, wanted to take a pho­tog­ra­phy class at the local com­mu­nity col­lege but didn’t want to go there by her­self.  She asked if I would look at the course cat­a­log and see if there was a class that inter­ested me so we could go to the col­lege together.  The only class that was sched­uled at the same time was Ceram­ics so I signed up and the rest as they say is history.

My stu­dio sits on our prop­erty and was designed by my hus­band Willy, who is an archi­tect.  The design was inspired by our post & beam glass house, so I have a wall of win­dows that lets nature in.  My wheels sit fac­ing the win­dow wall so I can take in the beauty that sur­rounds me.

26 Ques­tions

12603344743_4a8f86b325_z1. How long have you lived in the area?
Seven years

2. What is your favorite sea­son in Ore­gon?

3. What’s your favorite movie?
World’s Fastest Indian

4. Favorite cur­rent TV show?
House of Cards

5. A book you plan on read­ing?
House of Earth by Woody Guthrie

6. A book you read in school that pos­i­tively shaped you?
The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck

7. A ceramic artist that has influ­enced you?
Rose Cabat

8. Favorite non-ceramic artist?
Franz Kline

9. What’s your favorite source for inspi­ra­tion?

10. Beer or wine?

11. Favorite down­town restau­rant?
Lit­tle Bird

12. Ideal break­fast?
bagels, lox and cream cheese

13. Favorite dessert.
my Grandad’s cheesecake

14. Weird­est thing you’ve ever eaten?
whale meat in Norway

15. Favorite band?

16. Favorite lyric?
’I need to hold her, like no one else before’ “She Walks this Earth” per­formed by Sting the music of Ivan Lins

17. Dogs or cats?

18. Bird watch­ing or whale watch­ing?
Whale Watch­ing

19. Per­son you want to have cof­fee with?
Gertrude Stein

20. What’s your favorite board game?

21. What’s the last coun­try you vis­ited?

22. What’s a coun­try you’d like to visit?

23. What’s your favorite con­stel­la­tion?
Lit­tle Dipper

24. Best way to decom­press?
with my husband

25. When you’re not in the stu­dio you’re…?
on the Tri­umph rid­ing the twisties

26. What’s your booth num­ber at Ceramic Show­case?

Kris Paul in her studio.
Kris Paul in her studio.

Find out more about Kris Paul and her work at krispaulceramics.com
Or see her work in per­son at Art on Broad­way in Beaverton

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