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Monster Mania!
April 26, 2009, 10:15 pm
Filed under: Life

Side ViewMonster!One of my most favorite things to do in Portland is the Oregon’s Potters Association’s (OPA) Annual Ceramic Showcase. It’s at the convention center and it’s FULL of different galleries where local artists set up booths that display their goods which are for sale. It’s more than just pottery – there’s woodworking, metal works, textiles and jewelry. Certainly my favorite – and largest – gallery is the pottery… there’s probably about 100 booths?? Or so it seems! Just to walk through it all takes a couple of hours. The best way to see everything is to take a very systematic approach of walking up and down the aisles, one by one. This way you make sure to see everything. Sometimes I take a quick glance and breeze past a booth, but most often something incredible catches my eye and I mosey on over to see what else tickles my fancy. Browse, touch, talk excitedly…and if you decide you want it, place it in your basket and move on to the next! The artists are there too, so you can always start a lively conversation with them. More often than not they are thrilled to talk to you and, surprisingly, they’re not weird (well, c’mon – combining the adjectives ‘OREGON’ and ‘ARTIST’ you would think otherwise). However, a handful may think they’re too good for you and give you the evil eye when you pick up their $300 bowl (but… I WAS wearing a bright pink “little miss bossy” t-shirt and jeans, so maybe I would too *<:O) …anyway, it’s a blast and total must-see!

So this piece is by James DeRosso. I have lovingly named it “monster”. I talked to James and he told me that he does parties! Quote-un-quote: “Instead of a clown coming to your party and honking a horn, I come over and we make monsters.” Sweet! I totally want to do this one day. He brings the materials to your place and you all make monsters. Then your creations are fired and delivered at a later date.

I start pottery classes at Georgie’s next week. I’m so excited, especially after all the inspiration I received from strolling the booths yesterday!


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