For 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.
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.
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?
8. Favorite non-ceramic artist?
9. What’s your favorite source for inspiration?
10. Beer or wine?
11. Favorite downtown restaurant?
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?
19. Person you want to have coffee with?
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?
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?
Find out more about Kris Paul and her work at krispaulceramics.com
Or see her work in person at Art on Broadway in Beaverton