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?
Spring

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?
travel

10. Beer or wine?
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?
U2

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?
Dogs

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?
Clue

21. What’s the last coun­try you vis­ited?
Japan

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

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?
J10 

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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