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Prune Wickart on mon 15 apr 02


Ceramic Showcase 2002
Portland OR
Twentieth Anniversary

=B7 This is the nation's largest sale of all handmade clay art
=B7 The artisans' demonstrations provide educational spirit and
opportunity
=B7 The clay play area for children of all ages makes it a family event
=B7 Visit our web site: ceramicshowcase.com for a preview of the show

Who: Oregon and SW Washington artists - potters and clay
sculptors
Where: Oregon Convention Center - On MAX Light Rail line
777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Portland, Oregon
When: May 3, 4, & 5, 2002 - Open 10-9 Friday and Saturday, 10-5 on
Sunday
Cost: Free event admission

This spring, thousands of art lovers will once again come to Portland's
"Crystal Towers" Convention Center to look, learn, and play, to be
entertained and buy at the Oregon Potters Association's 21st annual Ceramic
Showcase. The event began as a modest pottery sale at the World Forestry
Center in 1982. After 20 years, it has become the largest show of
hand-crafted pottery in the nation, a veritable Northwest tradition. In
spite of its huge success, the show maintains homegrown charm reflecting
the=

400-member association's stated purpose, "to promote individual creativity,
excellence, and growth through education and cooperative spirit."

Collectors will want to arrive early. The line forms at the door as people
await the opening at 10 AM Friday to get first choice of their favorite
artist's spring collection. A festive crowd gathers from 6 to 9 PM Friday
night when there is live music, a no-host bar, and a "Best of Show" award
presentation. Food concessions are open in the exhibit hall during the
day.=

Because the opportunity to exhibit is open to all members of the
association, visitors to Ceramic Showcase will find pieces ranging from
inexpensive work by less experienced potters to highly-valued collector's
pieces by nationally-acclaimed Northwest artists. Artists display work in
135 individual booths; group booths and a central gallery area include over
seventy additional members. Though the medium is clay throughout, there is
an impressive variety: vividly colored and earth toned, functional and
fanciful, miniature and monumental. This is the place to shop for wedding
gifts, add a teapot to your collection, invest in a sculpture or fountain,
or indulge in unique jewelry.

Throughout each day, artists will demonstrate their individual techniques.
You can learn how to make a vessel without a potter's wheel, or be
entertained with a bit of pioneer history while watching pots being thrown
on an old wagon wheel; check the schedule to see your favorite artisan at
work. For the inspired, there is a clay play area where friendly potters
help kids of all ages enjoy a hands-on clay experience. This year's lobby
display features bowls in a variety of interpretations, colors, and sizes.

Shoppers can stash their ceramic finds in a holding area while enjoying the
rest of the show, then pay at the central sales area which is amply staffed
by cashiers. Showcase accepts credit cards, and provides wrapping as well
as carry-out help for large loads. Everyone working at the show is a
member=

of the Oregon Potters Association, so there is plenty of opportunity to
meet=

the makers.

Roger Korn on mon 15 apr 02


Hi Prune,

I may actually make it up there for showcase this year. Life here is very
busy - I
now teach three classes at Camp Verde Parks and Recreation, plus taking over
several of Paula Rice's classes at NAU while she recovers from pneumonia.
The
College of Fine Arts administration is in a bit of a snit about a
non-art-degreed
person actually teaching, but the students and I are having a great time.
They are
an intense bunch, challenging the whys and wherefors of the class syllabi,
which
stimulates me to really think about how people learn - I'm having a ball.
Lots of
kiln business too, plus a commission to design a bunch of round plant
container
forms for a local mosaic artist who likes inlaid flat relief areas in which
to
build her mosaics.

All of Kayo's pots down here are sold, but she's done some new work that is
really
nice. This pit-fired pot was purchased by Charlie Comstock for his wife
Betty's
birthday.
[Image]
Height ~ 10 in.

Sure miss being up there, but not the weather. It's been record-hot down
here - in
the 90s already, but the dry air seems really good for these geezer lungs.

I'll call when I know my travel dates - sometime in early May.

Love to you and Deb,

Roger

Prune Wickart wrote:

> Ceramic Showcase 2002
> Portland OR
> Twentieth Anniversary
>
> This is the nation's largest sale of all handmade clay art
> The artisans' demonstrations provide educational spirit and
> opportunity
> The clay play area for children of all ages makes it a family event
> Visit our web site: ceramicshowcase.com for a preview of the show
>
> Who: Oregon and SW Washington artists - potters and clay
> sculptors
> Where: Oregon Convention Center - On MAX Light Rail line
> 777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Portland, Oregon
> When: May 3, 4, & 5, 2002 - Open 10-9 Friday and Saturday, 10-5 on
> Sunday
> Cost: Free event admission
>
> This spring, thousands of art lovers will once again come to Portland's
> "Crystal Towers" Convention Center to look, learn, and play, to be
> entertained and buy at the Oregon Potters Association's 21st annual
Ceramic
> Showcase. The event began as a modest pottery sale at the World Forestry
> Center in 1982. After 20 years, it has become the largest show of
> hand-crafted pottery in the nation, a veritable Northwest tradition. In
> spite of its huge success, the show maintains homegrown charm reflecting
the
> 400-member association's stated purpose, "to promote individual
creativity,
> excellence, and growth through education and cooperative spirit."
>
> Collectors will want to arrive early. The line forms at the door as
people
> await the opening at 10 AM Friday to get first choice of their favorite
> artist's spring collection. A festive crowd gathers from 6 to 9 PM Friday
> night when there is live music, a no-host bar, and a "Best of Show" award
> presentation. Food concessions are open in the exhibit hall during the
day.
> Because the opportunity to exhibit is open to all members of the
> association, visitors to Ceramic Showcase will find pieces ranging from
> inexpensive work by less experienced potters to highly-valued collector's
> pieces by nationally-acclaimed Northwest artists. Artists display work in
> 135 individual booths; group booths and a central gallery area include
over
> seventy additional members. Though the medium is clay throughout, there
is
> an impressive variety: vividly colored and earth toned, functional and
> fanciful, miniature and monumental. This is the place to shop for wedding
> gifts, add a teapot to your collection, invest in a sculpture or fountain,
> or indulge in unique jewelry.
>
> Throughout each day, artists will demonstrate their individual techniques.
> You can learn how to make a vessel without a potter's wheel, or be
> entertained with a bit of pioneer history while watching pots being thrown
> on an old wagon wheel; check the schedule to see your favorite artisan at
> work. For the inspired, there is a clay play area where friendly potters
> help kids of all ages enjoy a hands-on clay experience. This year's lobby
> display features bowls in a variety of interpretations, colors, and sizes.
>
> Shoppers can stash their ceramic finds in a holding area while enjoying
the
> rest of the show, then pay at the central sales area which is amply
staffed
> by cashiers. Showcase accepts credit cards, and provides wrapping as well
> as carry-out help for large loads. Everyone working at the show is a
member
> of the Oregon Potters Association, so there is plenty of opportunity to
meet
> the makers.
>
>
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