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Make pottery, digest oyster facts at Netarts Bay

Published on August 24, 2017 12:01AM

Last changed on August 25, 2017 10:21AM

An example of what can be done with Pottery on the Bay stoneware event

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An example of what can be done with Pottery on the Bay stoneware event


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NETARTS — Netarts Bay is a unique ecosystem home to great marine life and birds. Exploration of the area hints at how this bay formed to how it has been used by people throughout time.

Discover these stories and more during free events offered by the Friends of Netarts Bay: Watershed, Estuary, Beach and Sea (WEBS) on Saturday, Aug 26.

Registration is required. Please do so online at Eventbrite.com. For questions or a link to the registration site, please contact Smith_Chrissy22@yahoo.com, or call 541-231-8041.

All of WEBS community programs are free. Tax-exempt donations to Netarts Bay WEBS to enable programs like this are encouraged but not required.

• 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. — “Pottery on the Bay: Metamorphic Whistles”

Join Friends of Netarts Bay WEBS and instructor, Mike Kelley, for Metamophic Whistles. See and learn about the native clays of Netarts Bay and how they have traditionally been used. Let these clays inspire you to create your own masterpiece.

The clay provided is basic stoneware clay. Pieces made for this class will not be suitable for use with food. A clear glaze will be applied. Art created at the event will need to be dried and fired; WEBS and the instructor will handle that process. The piece will be ready for pickup a few weeks after the program. Shipping is a possibility for a fee. The instructor will share post glaze options to add color to pieces that do not require a kiln.

• 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. — “The Art of Growing Oysters”

Enjoy Pacific Northwest oysters? Ever wondered where the oysters come from? The oyster industry is an important part of Tillamook County and includes a number of farms, like JAndy Oyster Company and Whiskey Creek Shellfish Hatchery on Netarts Bay. The tour is a rare opportunity to learn about the industry, the state-of-the-art scientific research going on at the hatchery, and the issues faced by shellfish along the Pacific Northwest.

Be prepared to walk on uneven, wet and muddy surfaces.


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