Clay Stories!

Clay Stories is coming to the June meeting!

Several years ago I came up with an idea that took place at the NCECA conference in Providence, Rhode Island, and ever since then it has been an annual feature at NCECA. The event is called Clay Stories, and I am going to host a homegrown version of Clay Stories in our upcoming guild meeting on June 16, 2018.

The idea is simple. As potters, whether we are full time or part time, we have seen some shit. And that shit needs to be shared…with other potters! You might have a story about a pot or potter who has inspired you in some way, about a spectacular firing, about a kiln disaster, or about the way clay has changed your life in some way. Your story can be funny, heartbreaking, touching, or amazing in any of an infinite number of ways. So, come to the June meeting, and bring a story to share! I’ve got some good ones from my early days in clay with Jim Romberg in the pottery studio at SOSC in Ashland, as well as some stories about potters I’ve met at different workshops  over the years. The odds are really good that you too have some stories to tell – so bring your ideas and entertain us!

The stories are oral – no need to write down your story and then read it aloud – just tell the story the old fashioned way.

The only limitation to the story that you tell is that it can be no longer than 5 minutes long.

If you have any questions please email me.

Cheers, Owen

Member News

Upcoming Events/Announcements:

The first general meeting of 2018 will be held on Friday, February 9th from 5:00 to 6:00 pm in the downtown Bend Library, in the Brooks room. We only have the room for one hour so this will end precisely at six. New and renewing members, please bring your check for $20 for 2018 membership, and please download and fill out the membership form to hand in with your check. We will be electing a new president at this meeting and look forward to sharing some ideas for shaping the year ahead! If you cannot attend, please send your check in the mail – the address is on the membership form. Benefits of being a member include discounts on workshops and a member discount on supplies purchased at Georgies.

Victoria Christen Workshop!


Please join us November 17-19, 2017 for a weekend workshop with Portland Oregon ceramic artist Victoria Christen.

Hello Fellow Potters,

Click here for the flyer/registration form All details are included, as well as a registration form which you can print out (or you can just write your information on a piece of paper and send it to CGC with your check).  Register early. This could fill up fast!

Victoria is one of my very favorite ceramic artists, and I am so excited that she is coming to Bend to show us her surface decoration techniques and how they integrate with form to create stunning utilitarian art! To see more of her work, check out her lovely website.

See you there!



Wildfire Ceramics Showcase 2016


When: Saturday Nov. 5th, 10 am – 5 pm • Sunday Nov. 6th, 10 am – 4 pm.

Where: Highland School (Old Kenwood School), 701 NW Newport Ave, Bend, OR. 

It’s that time of year again – time for the annual Wildfire Ceramics Showcase in Bend, Oregon! Featuring the work of many of our immensely talented ceramic artists, the Showcase includes free admission and parking, live pottery demonstrations, a kids clay area, a raffle, and of course an amazing display of thousands of handmade pots to choose from.

We hope to see you there!!


Understanding Glazes Classes!


Update: If you missed the first class or want to see the slideshow again, it is up on YouTube at this link.

Time: 6 pm – 8 pm.

Location: The Art Station

Dates: Three Thursdays – May 26, June 9, and June 16, 2016.

Bring: Curiosity about glazes, a notebook, and your questions. (Hecklers will be escorted out by security.)

Cost: Free to members. If you are not a member please bring $20 to the first class so that you can become a member.

Do you want to learn more about glazes?

Do you mix your own glazes? Do you buy some or all of your glazes but want to start mixing your own? Have you, like me, mixed countless recipes from books, articles, and websites only to find that the pots you made with the glaze looks nothing like the photos of the glaze you saw? Do you have a favorite glaze that is finicky and you want to learn how to make it behave? Continue reading “Understanding Glazes Classes!”

Raku Workshop with Michael Gwinup

Save the dates: April 2 & 3, 2016, at the Blue Spruce Pottery studio in Bend, Oregon. Potluck and slideshow Friday April 1st (no foolin’!)

Cost: $80 for members, $100 non members.

Location: the Gwinup’s studio located at 20159 Dorchester E. Bend, OR 97702

Michael Gwinup has been a professional potter for 40 years. He is well known for his Raku fired decorative vases, lamps and wall art. Throughout the years Michael has given workshops and taught the process of Raku. His work has been been displayed in invitational shows, northwest art galleries, and is in many private collections. He and his wife Michele are owners of Blue Spruce Pottery in Bend.

Friday Evening, April 1, 6-8 pm Slideshow and Potluck dinner. All workshop participants and CGC members are invited. Please bring some food to share. CGC will provide coffee, tea, sparkling water, and lemonade.

Saturday, April 2, 9am-3pm ((bring a sack lunch)

Michael will show how to make and use paper clay. He will demonstrate various throwing techniques including making large pots using sections. He will demonstrate using plaster hump molds to create large wall plates, and show how he forms his large raku murals and trees.

Sunday, April 3, 9am-3pm (bring a sack lunch)
Michael will be firing Raku pieces throughout the day – demonstrating the techniques he will be discussing. Beginning with Raku glazing and glaze making, then moving to glaze application
and firing techniques. Finally, Michael will discuss the use of reduction materials and cleaning and finishing Raku.

Download the form, print it out, and send in your check to reserve your spot. Workshop is limited to fifteen students. Michael Gwinup Raku Workshop Registration Form 

Contact Janet Matson at 541-633-3403 or