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New Workshop Offerings at Maria Simon Studio

This spring Maria offers a trio of 3-day workshops in sculpting, carving, and using terra sigillata, encouraging you to embrace the unfamiliar, and invite your curiosity. It’s meditative, challenging, and fun!


This Spring I offer a trio of 3-day workshops in sculpting, carving, and using terra sigillata, designed to give participants enough concentrated time to work, hit their stride, make some good mistakes, and take away enough information to continue the work back in their studios. Note: If necessary, I will tweak the schedule dates to best meet the needs of those who want to participate, so please communicate with me regarding your preferences. Workshops are limited to 6 participants, so I encourage you to enroll early.


Carving Bas-relief Ceramic Sculpture: the marriage of 2-D and 3-D
This is a carving workshop, open to students at all levels of experience. I use this technique for my current wall-mounted work, and it can also be applied to free-standing 3-D work. It’s fun, compelling, and meditative. Choose this workshop if you can maintain a spirit of adventure, knowing that your “magnum opus” may be a little further down the pike, post-workshop, as you practice and experiment with what you’ve learned during the weekend. Plan on leaving your judgments at the door, and entering with a willingness to experiment and play.

  • Date Fri., April 28 – Sun., April 30, 2017
  • Time:  9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Cost:   $285 + $40 for materials, tools, and firings

Hand-Building Outside the Box – *New
In this 3-day workshop we’ll experiment with time-honored and quirky hand-building techniques applied in unusual ways to arrive at some interesting artful objects. Suitable for folks at all levels who have a sense of adventure. I encourage you to arrive with a hunch about what you’d like to create, but not a tight plan, leaving room to invite spontaneity and to follow the happy accident!

  • Date:  Friday, May 19 – Sunday, May 21, 2017
  • Time:  9:30 – 4:00 p.m. daily
  • Cost:  $285 + $30 for materials and firings

Surface Techniques Using Terra Sigillata
This is not as esoteric as it sounds to some of you…Terra Sig is a fired material that’s quite different from glaze. It’s a smooth, milled, burnishable slip that yields a soft, sensual gleam but is not glassy. It’s a low-fire medium by nature. Learn to mix, stain, color line-test, and most importantly...paint, shade, blend, spatter, brush, burnish, and play with this buttery, stuff.

  • Date:   Friday, June 16 – Sunday, June 18, 2017
  • Time:   9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. daily
  • Cost:  $285 + $40 for materials and firings

To Register: Please mail $100 deposit to:

Maria Simon
2216 SE 50th
Portland, OR 97215

Location:    2216 SE 50th Ave., Portland, OR 97215
Questions:  Call 503-236-8589 or email me:, , or visit my website

Archived Events

Stonehenge Studio Opening – Fri Nov 7th

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Dear friends and art-lovers,

This season finds me in transition in my studio: continuing my love affair with carving bas-relief works for the wall, balanced by the creation of smaller, more spontaneous, 3-D works for table-top and wall. My landscape-based photographs, begun as a snapshot journal for my eyes only, to inform the sculptural work, have taken on a life of their own. There are some lovely new images to share!

And I forecast an exploration of other sculptural media in the months to come in my quest to “lighten-up” in every sense of the word. Let’s see what transpires!

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Please join me on Fri., Nov. 7 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
for the opening of my show at:

Stonehenge Studios           
3508 SW Corbett Ave,
Portland, OR 97239

November 7 – December 2, 2014*
*Please call ahead to arrange a visit, as gallery hours are somewhat inconsistent. 503-224-3640

Special Open House and Sale:   Sat., Nov. 22nd       10 a.m. – 5p.m.

For details visit:

Many thanks for your interest and support!


Oregon Art Beat Alumni Exhibition: Celebrating 15 years of Creativity

Oregon Art BeatThe exhibit is free (artwork is for sale) and open to the public, and runs from April 19 through June 15. It will take place on the third floor atrium of Pioneer Place Mall at The Peoples Art of Portland Gallery, the Mark Woolley Gallery and the Art Beat Main Stage Gallery.

Hours for this exhibition are 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday. If you missed Maria’s “Art Beat” segment you can view it here:

So, grab a friend or two, and come celebrate a pair of artful events!  Here is a link to the event.

Ceramic Showcase 2014

Please look for me at booth C-5 in Exhibit Hall A.

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31st Annual Ceramic Showcase 2013

April 26th, 27th and 28th 2013

  • Oregon Convention Center
    777 NE Martin Luther King Blvd., Portland, OR 97232
  • On the Max Light Rail Line
  • — Free event admission —
  • Opens 10-9 Friday & Saturday, 10-5 on Sunday

I look forward to showing you my new work!

Portland Open Studios 2012

Maria Simon invites you and your friends to visit her sculpture studio during Portland Open Studios.

Saturday and Sunday, October 13th & 14th, and October 20th & 21st – 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Find me at destination #41 on the tour map, where I’ll be demonstrating my bas-relief carving techniques and unique surfaces using terra sigillata—- my “special secret sauce”. I’ll be creating new work “live” during all four days of the tour. And I’ll be showcasing new work for both on and off the wall.

Brand new for this event are some intimate, colorful, and affordable terra cotta sculptures.

  • Join me and 100+ other artists for this premier Portland event!
  • Your children are most welcome, and will have a chance to get “down ‘n dirty”.
  • You’ll also have an opportunity to sign up for adults’ as well as children’s studio classes.
  • Tour guides and maps are available for purchase from me upon arrival, or pick one up at New Seasons Market & other local retailers, at the event website, or as an iPhone  app.

For more information, click

Directions to Studio:
2216 SE 50th Ave.
Portland,OR 97215
Phone: 503-236-8589

From Hawthorne bridge, drive east on SE Hawthorne, continue all the way to SE 50th. I’m about 6 blocks south of Hawthorne, between SE Lincoln and Division. Yellow house on East side of the street with big red sign in front that reads “River East Clinic”. Studio is in garage, with entrance on north side of the building, left of the driveway.

I look forward to seeing you.

Warm Wishes,


Maria Simon


503-236-8589 (studio)