The weekend of May 2nd, Oregon Potters Association held their annual Ceramic Showcase. With ceramics from over 200 Oregon and Washington artists, this is the nation's largest showcase.
Each year, the Oregon Potters Association does a different Installation Project at the Ceramic Showcase. They tie a clay project to a non-profit's work that inspires them.
This year, Deborah Shapiro, an OPA artist, proposed a mask theme after visiting the African mask display at the Seattle Art Museum. Three other OPA members volunteered to work on the committee, and they designed and created the display. Deborah proposed to tie the installation with Medical Teams International because of our dental work all over the world, including here in the U.S. Said Deborah, "My dentist, Dr. Joseph Young in King City, had led one of your groups in central Africa. He told me about some of the children he had worked on, and I knew right away that OPA would want to connect the Masks/Faces theme."
Facing Your Imagination: Mask Installation Project to benefit Medical Teams International
Entitled "Facing Your Imagination, seventy artists volunteered to participate in the mask installation.
Some of the ceramic masks on display.
A percentage of the masks sold were donated to Medical Teams International, and several members of OPA personally stopped by our headquarters to drop off the check!
MTI's Kristin Simpson accepts the generous check from OPA.
Although getting seventy artists to finish their projects was a bit like "herding cats," Deborah says, "I'm proud of OPA for the success of this project, and I feel that my life was enriched by working this hard for such a great cause."
We are so grateful for Deborah and Oregon Potters Association for their hard work and generosity. Thank you for your compassion for those around the world in desperate need of dental care. You are changing lives!
Check out highlights from this year's Ceramics Showcase here