Oregon Potters Association

Ceramic Show­case is entirely run by mem­bers of the Ore­gon Pot­ters Asso­ci­a­tion.  Any ceramic artist in Ore­gon and south­ern Wash­ing­ton can join.  Please view the OPA web­site for more information.

Com­mu­nity Ser­vice Projects: Ore­gon Pot­ters Association:

  • Empty Bowls” ben­e­fits the Ore­gon Food Bank through OPA mem­bers’ donated work. The Ore­gon Pot­ters Asso­ci­a­tion has raised more than $270,000 to date.
  • Clay in Edu­ca­tion” has pro­vided teach­ers (320 hours,)mate­ri­als and cur­ricu­lum in 40+ schools and pro­grams, with only 2% admin­is­tra­tive expenses.
  • Col­lege Schol­ar­ships & teach­ing awards: $9,000 given; $5,800awarded through the Ore­gon Scholas­tic Awards
  • After the earth­quake in Mashiko, Japan, our kiln rebuild­ing fund raised $10,186, mostly through the sale of donated tea bowls.
  • 2013:  Mem­bers of the Ore­gon Pot­ters Asso­ci­a­tion taught spe­cial needs stu­dents tile mak­ing and shipped 80 6” tiles to Japan for a joint exhi­bi­tion fea­tur­ing 500 tiles made by spe­cial needs chil­dren of Ore­gon and Hokkaido.
  • 2014/15:  The Ore­gon Pot­ters Asso­ci­a­tion hopes to repro­duce this suc­cess­ful and reward­ing exhi­bi­tion of tiles made by spe­cial needs chil­dren in Ore­gon, invit­ing Hokkaido chil­dren to participate.
  • Yearly Ben­e­fit Instal­la­tions sam­ple ben­e­fi­cia­ries: Habi­tat for Human­ity, Hur­ri­cane Kat­rina House– $7,495 Part­ners for a Hunger Free Ore­gon - $3,000. Med­ical Teams Inter­na­tional, $3500.
  • 2015 Instal­la­tion Ben­e­fi­ciary is Grow­ing Gar­dens a local non-profit help­ing low income fam­i­lies and schools set up gar­dens to grow their own food.

Edu­ca­tional Com­po­nents: Ore­gon Pot­ters Association’s Ceramic Showcase

  • OPA’s Ceramic Show­case has become the largest all clay show in the coun­try with 20,000 peo­ple in atten­dance.  Over 200 pot­ters from Ore­gon and SW Wash­ing­ton oper­ate this all-volunteer, free-to-the-public event, work­ing many thou­sands of hours.
  • Buses bring High School stu­dents from through­out the Metro Port­land area to Ceramic Show­case, not only to immerse them­selves in the ceramic com­mu­nity, but also to inter­view our mem­bers, see the works of 200 NW ceramic artists and learn from the ongo­ing stage demon­stra­tions by mas­ter potters.
  • OPA mem­bers teach in both Adult Clay and Children’s Cay areas pro­vid­ing hun­dreds an oppor­tu­nity to expe­ri­ence work­ing with clay by hand or wheel.
  • Our acoustic stage fea­tures local musi­cians dur­ing all show hours.
  • The 2014’s focus is inter­na­tional: The inspi­ra­tion that each pot­ter finds in the cul­tures, land, peo­ple and ceram­ics from around the world.