PORTLAND - Some local ceramic artists will join others in the Oregon Potters Association to delight, inspire and educate the public at the Ceramic Showcase, Friday through Sunday, May 5 through 7, at the Oregon Convention Center.

A river of clay fish glazed by individual potters will greet visitors to the nation's largest all-clay show. Patrons can purchase the fish to fund the OPA's Clay in Education fund. A raffle of other artworks will benefit Habitat for Humanity in New Orleans.

Participating artists include Jan Richardson and Tom Taylor of Ocean Park, Wash., Pamela Mattson McDonald of Astoria, Anne Kelly of Tillamook and Mark Cavatorta and Hebo and Julie Fiedler of Otis.

Improvements over past shows include more artists' booths, a larger group booth and a gallery for artists' best works. Information booths will show off college art department and community clay programs. A display of work by local high school students will preview up-and-coming Portland talent. Live demonstrations and wheel-throwing competitions will show techniques to audiences eager to learn creative secrets. Clay Play areas for children and adults, garden and interiors display areas and a booth featuring tastings of Oregon wines will complement the artists' booths, where everything is for sale.

Ceramic Showcase hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. Four other professional guilds - the Oregon Glass Guild, the Oregon Bead Society, the Portland Handweavers Guild and the Creative Metal Arts Guild - will present their major annual shows of fine crafts over the weekend as well.

'Harvest,' ceramic slab tray by Lisa Clapp.

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