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.

2016 Mentorship Entrance Exhibition

The Ash Street Project Entrance Exhibition provides an opportunity to view the work that the our incoming artists are making prior to the start of the mentorship program. It is with great enthusiasm that we embark on this new year with mentees Jimin Lee and Sarah Stokes, as well as returning studio assistant Ben Skiba! We have so much in store.  It was truly a celebratory evening for us, with many new faces in the house! 

Many thanks to our community for coming out to help us celebrate!  If you did not have the chance to come to the opening, you can still come by and see the work through October 21st.  Gallery hours:  11-3, Monday- Friday or by appointment

Recap: Summer Session 2016

This slide show of over a dozen images from Summer Session 2016 provides a brief recap of the industrious and celebratory two weeks we spent 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 2016 session was extremely productive as well as great fun.  Per usual, the mentees took turns as hosts to our guest artists, which at times became a bit outlandish and downright competitive.  The session closed with the annual presentation of the Hostie awards, created by our invited artists and presented to the mentees.

We are so grateful for this summer's artists and all that they brought to the session!  Please refer back to the June Summer Session post on this site for links to our guest artists' websites.

Thank youDirk Staschke, Michelle Liccardo, Jennifer Kenworth, Lisa Conway, Chris Lyon, Brett Binford.  Additional gratitude to our hosts and mentorship participants: Ivan Carmona, Ben Skiba, Aleka Tomlinson, Jordan Pieper


Summer Session 2016

 The Ash Street Project is pleased to announce our 2016 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 11-22nd, 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 12 from 6-8pm.  

                            Portland, OR:  Dirk Staschke

                            Portland, OR: Dirk Staschke

           Portland, OR:  Jennifer Kenworth

           Portland, OR: Jennifer Kenworth

                     Portland, OR:  Michelle Liccardo

                     Portland, OR: Michelle Liccardo

                                     Portland, OR:  Lisa Conway

                                     Portland, OR: Lisa Conway

                            Portland, OR:  Chris Lyon

                            Portland, OR: Chris Lyon

                    Portland, OR:  Brett Binford

                    Portland, OR: Brett Binford



Recap: Visiting Artist Eva Kwong

It was a whirlwind two weeks with our spring visiting artist Eva Kwong.  While in the studio at the Ash Street Project, Eva made a series of new sculptural vessels, and talked with the mentees about mixing slips and surface application techniques.  Along with this, Eva managed to visit several area colleges, the OCAC fab lab and the Mudshark slipcast manufactory.  We look forward to Eva's return to Portland for NCECA in March.  (Note: please click on images if slideshow is not automatically turning).

Visiting artist: Jean-Nicolas Gerard

For the month of November, we had the good fortune to host  Jean-Nicolas Gerard,  from Valensole, France.  In his time with us, Jean-Nicolas experimented with Thomas' iron-rich terra cotta clay body, new slips and commercial underglazes. The results were a vast departure from the lead-glaze palette he typically works with at home. He was quite pleased and is looking forward to a return visit with further exploration.

There was so much to observe and absorb from Jean-Nicolas, from his openness to working with new materials, to his desire for simplicity.  The culmination of his visit was a fantastic French meal created by Agnes Fouquet,  served on Jean-Nicolas' freshly made pots.  This was an extraordinary time that we all will hold dear to us.  We are already looking forward to the next visit!

To view the Goldmark Video about Jean-Nicolas, please click on his name highlighted in first sentence.


2015 Entrance Show

What a fun night!  Thank you all who came out last night to support our four emerging artist mentees.  It was a great evening and we couldn't be more excited about the opportunity to work with this very talented group of young artists.  If you didn't make it out, the show will remain on view for through the end of the month (Holidays excluded).  Gallery Hours: Monday-Thursday, 10:00-4:00.

Catching Up:

After two months full of travel, it is great to have everyone back in the studio at Ash Street Project. Here's a short synopsis of what's been going on, and a few upcoming events to watch for.  Please follow us on Facebook and/or Twitter for further event information.

OREGON ARTS WATCH COVERAGE OF ASH STREET PROJECT:  In September, we received some press from The Oregonian's online Oregon Arts Watch.  Grace Kook-Anderson did a fantastic job of getting to the heart of our vision for Ash Street Project.  You can find the article here.

 THOMAS TO SAN FRANCISCO: In early September, Thomas spent a week in San Francisco installing his work for the traveling Craft in America  exhibit, Art and Other Tactics, at the Museum of Craft and Design.    This show launched in L.A, and is now in San Francisco through March of 2016.  

JORDAN PIEPER recently returned from  a three week trip to western Europe to research 18th century porcelain,  His travels took him to Delft and Limoges, The Victoria and Albert, and many other sites .  Jordan has tentatively scheduled a public presentation for mid November at Ash Street Project.  Details to follow.

MENTEES ENTRANCE EXHIBIT: The Ash Street Projects EAMP Entrance Exhibit is scheduled to open Thursday, November 5th.  Details to follow.  This show represents the work our artists were doing upon entering the mentorship program.  

SITKA: Ash Street Project Artists Thomas Orr and Ivan Carmona will have work in the Sitka Show this year at the World Forestry Center.  This benefit show opens Friday November 6th.

JEAN NICOLAS GERARD:  It is with profound enthusiasm that we anticipate the arrival of our fall visiting artist Jean Nicolas Gerard.  Nicolas is a potter from Valensole, France.  He will be working with us for the Month of November.  As always, the public is welcome to join us for lunch during these (or other) times to meet and converse with our artists.  Note Lunch info below.

REVISED LUNCH SCHEDULE: Brown bag lunch at Ash Street Project is a time that the public can come in and meet and participate in informal conversation with our artists.  We do ask that you come during our scheduled lunch window, 12-1, Monday-Thursday (and by appointment Fridays).  At 1 pm, mentees meet with Thomas for individual advising, or are typically back at work.