Clayfolk offers many ceramic related programs, events and learning opportunities.
Clayfolk meets five times a year. We encourage those interested in joining to attend one of our member meetings where you can ask questions and get to know other potters.
Clayfolk Show & Sale
Held every year the weekend before Thanksgiving.
The Clayfolk Show & Sale is the Southern Oregon Potters’ Association annual signature event. Now in its 46th year, the event features a variety of functional, sculptural and whimsical work by more than 60 member artists from across Oregon and northern California. The Clayfolk Show & Sale is the largest of its kind in southern Oregon.
In 2020, because of the coronavirus, the show will be “reimagined” in multiple formats in multiple places: online, studio sales, and “pop-up” venues consisting of a few socially-distanced outdoor booths.
In non-COVID times, the Show is held in the Medford Armory. Clayfolk members give clay demonstrations, further educating the public (and each other) about the exciting world of ceramics. There is also a children’s area where our young visitors can make a piece of pottery to take home with them.
Clayfolk sponsors workshops as part of our effort to provide educational opportunities in the ceramic arts. These events may be in the form of “hands on” experiences, or lectures and demonstrations by a featured clay artist.
Glaze Study Group
Glaze Study Group is an informal monthly meeting of new and experienced potters who are interested in sharing their knowledge of glazes. Topics of study are selected by the group.
The basic premise is simple: Potters, craftspeople, educators and others donate their time and talents to create handcrafted bowls. The community is then invited to a simple meal of soup and bread. In exchange for a cash donation, guests are invited to keep a bowl as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world. One hundred percent of each meal’s proceeds are donated to local hunger-fighting organizations or charitable groups.
Clayfolk artists share their expertise with the community through a number of classes at various locations throughout Oregon and northern California.