About Us

2017 Summer Social

2017 Summer Social

The Washington Clay Arts Association is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization.

The WCA is an all-volunteer organization whose purpose is to connect clay artists across Washington state through a variety of educational, professional, and social events.

Opportunities for members include scholarships, juried exhibitions, special firings, studio visits, workshops and lectures, plus two much-anticipated yearly social gatherings, the Summer Social and Winter Social.

We feature our members and their work on the WCA website, newsletter, and social media. Stay in the loop by signing up for our monthly newsletter at the bottom of this page.


The WCA is open to all Washington clay artists, and dedicated to furthering awareness of, and appreciation for, the clay arts. We seek to promote the exchange of knowledge and information about all types of ceramic arts, and to foster mutual support, encouragement, and education for our members.

The WCA strives to be a welcoming, vibrant community; a trusted reference; and a resource for Washington clay artists.


Formed in 1983 as the Washington Potters Association (WPA), aiming to promote better communication for potters across the state, and renamed in 2008 to Washington Clay Arts Association (WCA).

Past Presidents

Brenda Lovie & Jordan Jones
Deb Schwartzkopf
Allison Moore Peel
Liz Duarte
Gary Georger
Gale Lurie
Maria Spies

"I was honored to serve three terms as President and two as Vice President while living in the Seattle area, and to be awarded a lifetime membership." -Maria Spies 

Current Board of Directors


We were featured in the Pottery Making Illustrated May-June 2003 issue. The WPA (old acronym) and the Pacific Northwest pottery scene were the subject of two articles, and the Editor's Column.