Ash Street Project

Ash Street Project, the vision of artists Thomas Orr and Joanna Bloom, encompasses art studios, visiting artists, gallery space, community programs and a clay-based emerging artist mentorship program.  Our site also hosts an on-line gallery shop.

2017 Mentorship Entrance Exhibition



The Ash Street Project Entrance Exhibition is one of two bookends in the mentorship experience here at The Ash Street Project.  It provides the community an opportunity to view the work that the our incoming artists are making prior to the start of the mentorship year.  We are so pleased to begin yet another year with three talented new artists: Lorren Lowrey, Gretchen Vaudt and Chloe Kesten.  Look for their exit exhibits in September, 2018.  In the mean time, come see what they are up to!  The community is always welcome to join us for lunch, from 12-1 each weekday.  

We are grateful for the crowd of people that came out to support us!  It was truly a celebratory evening for us, with many new faces in the house! 


2016 Mentorship Exit Recap:

Thank you to all who came out to support our 2017/18 Emerging Artists' Exit Exhibits.  Their hard work shone through and, with your support, these evenings were truly celebratory.  Congratulations to Sarah Stokes, Jimin Lee and Matt Asbill as you head on to your new adventures.  To keep up with these artists, please follow them on instagram or join our ASP mailing list to get the latest news.

Summer Session 2017: Recap

The slide show above gives a brief peek into the wonderful, industrious two weeks we shared with our invited artists this summer at the Ash Street Project.  Summer Session allows approximately half a dozen invited artists two weeks of exploring ideas amongst peers, our mentees and the community.  The 2017 session was as prolific as it was fun, and the mentees, again, spoiled everyone with their delicious hosting skills.  

We are so grateful for this summer's artists and all that they brought to the session! Please see the July Summer Session post on this site for more on our guest artists as well as links to their websites.

A very special thank you to the following people for setting the time aside to take part in this great, creative venture:  Jeffry Mitchell, Amy Santoferraro, Judy Hill, Daniel Duford, Ted Vogel, Cynthia Lahti.  Additional gratitude to our hosts and mentorship participants: Jimin Lee, Matt Asbill, Sarah Stokes, Ben Skiba and Adrienne Eliades.  

Summer Session 2017

 The Ash Street Project is pleased to announce our 2017 Summer Session Line Up.

Summer Session was created in an effort to shift the studio environment with the season's inherently different pace and rhythm.  Each summer, we invite six artists to come join us for a two week period.  This is an open time for them to discuss, create, and share in an exchange with each other, our studio community and the community at large.  This summer, from July 17-28th, we are pleased to host the artists listed below.  Please click on each name for more information.  Feel free to join us for brown bag lunches (12-1, M-F) during these two weeks, as well as an opening cup exhibit Tuesday, July 18 from 6-8pm.  


                       Seattle WA:  Jeffry Mitchell    

                      Seattle WA: Jeffry Mitchell


                 Manhattan, KS:  Amy Santoferraro    

                Manhattan, KS: Amy Santoferraro


                    Portland, OR:  Cynthia Lahti    

                   Portland, OR: Cynthia Lahti


                     Portland, OR:  Daniel Duford    

                    Portland, OR: Daniel Duford


                         Portland, OR:  Judy Hill    

                        Portland, OR: Judy Hill


                         Portland, OR:  Ted Vogel

                        Portland, OR: Ted Vogel










NCECA 2017 Recap

What an invaluable experience NCECA 2017 was for us this March. It was truly a whirlwind week of wonderful interactions with artists, educators and collectors. Of particular value was the opportunity for the mentees to meet and get feedback from so many respected people in the field, ranging from established artists to instructors, and gallery owners.

Thank you to all who came out to see what we do and view our exhibits.  One more thanks to Jessica Jackson Hutchins and Ariel Brice for sharing their work in our exhibition space, and for Dan Anderson and Victoria Christen for all of the organizational work they put into Pots @ ASP.  Finally, one last thank you to the Ash Street team for making it all shine.


The Ash Street Project at NCECA

In case you haven't heard, NCECA (the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts) is coming to Portland in March, bringing nearly 6,000 ceramic artists and educators to the area, and filling galleries and local sites with ceramic art. The Ash Street Project is in the throws of preparation.  Our artists will be involved in workshops and exhibits throughout the city, and we will host several exhibits on site as well.  Below you will find a list of these events.  Please click on highlighted names and sights to learn more about times and locations.  Though you will need a conference pass for many of the events at the convention center, there are still a number of interesting opportunities that are free and open to the public.  Link to the NCECA site and schedule also below.

Please note that the Ash Street Project’s reception will be held from 6-9 on the Friday of conference week.  


Exhibits at The Ash Street Project


Them Are Us Too

Jessica Jackson Hutchins and Ariel Brice

March 6-31st

Reception, Friday, March 3, 6-9

Gallery Hours M-F, 11-3


Pots @ASP

A National Pottery Exhibit and Sale to Benefit the Tom Beardman Scholarship at ASP.  Click here for more info.

Curated by Dan Anderson and Victoria Christen

March 21-26

Reception, Friday, March 24, 6-9

Gallery Hours:  Tues 2-6, W/Th/F 10-6, Sun 10-2


Current Work by the Ash Street Project Artists

In addition to exhibits listed below, all ASP artists, including alumnae and curators Dan Anderson and Victoria Christen, will be exhibiting at ASP during the conference

March 21-26

Reception, Friday, March 24, 6-9

Gallery Hours:  Tues 2-6, W/Th/F 10-6, Sun 10-2


Ash Street Artists Exhibiting Off Site

Special Event

Regional Award of Excellence presented to Thomas Orr of ASP

Friday March 24, 4:45-6:15

Oregon Convention Center, Oregon Ballroom 203 (Level2)


Thomas Orr, Co-DirectorASP

Trifecta: Future Forward on the Ceramic Highway

The Vet Show

The Cleaners at the Ace Hotel

March 21-25

Reception, Friday, March 24, 6-9

Gallery Hours:  Tues – Sat 10-6


Victoria Christen, Thomas Orr and Ted Vogel

Lewis and Clark College


Joanna Bloom, Co-Director ASP

Recent Work from the LH Project

The Cleaners, Ace Hotel

March 21-26

Reception, Friday, March 24, 6-9


Ben Skiba, ASP Studio Assistant

Knuckle Cracks and Toe Taps

Rainmaker Artist Residency

March 1-31

Reception, Thursday, March 23, 5-8

Gallery Hours:  Tues – Sat 12-5


Ten Years in the Making

PNCA/OCAC MFA ACD Bison Building

March 21-25

Reception, Friday, March 24, 6-9



Adrienne Eliades, ASP Visiting Artist

2017 Potters Council Juried Show

Oregon Convention Center


Oregon Convention Center Process Room Demo: The Printing Process

Thursday March 23 11-11:30 in room B 113-116


Jimin Lee, 2017/18 Mentee

The Alchemy of Surface

Skutt Ceramics

March 21-25

Reception, Friday, March 24, 5-7

Gallery Hours:  Tues – Sat 9-5:30


Aleka Tomlinson, 2016/17 Mentee

Objective Clay

Oregon Convention Center Clay Expo Booth

Thursday, March 23 Only


The Next Step

The Frost Art Center Lobby Gallery



Jordan Pieper, ASP Gallery Assistant

Curator Half Pint Cup Show                    Half Pint Coffee Shop                             March 21-25 During Open Hours

Curator OCAC Alumnae Exhibit                     Oregon College of Art & Craft             March 22-25 During Open Hours  Reception: Thursday, 3/23 5-8





Comprehensive Program Guide