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By Beka Compton
The Times 

The Refinery, a community space

Jess Portas' love for community and art collide, creating a unique space for artists of all levels

 

November 11, 2021

Bill Rodgers

Jess Portas, owner of The Refinery. Portas has created a space that is open to artists new and experienced, makers who are starting out and are old hands, and everyone else who may be looking for that artistic spark.

WALLA WALLA-While art has been a big part of her life, ceramics holds a special place in Jess Portas' heart. Opening her art studio on the edge of Downtown Walla Walla, she has combined a passion for art with her love for community

Growing up, she helped her mother with slip casting, a ceramics and pottery technique that is especially useful for shapes not made on a wheel.

Portas said she took a pottery class in college, which piqued her interest in the art form, but life does what it does best, and she had to take a break from learning. She lived in California before moving to England for...



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