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
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...