2018 RAKU HO‘OLAULE‘A "COMMUNITY KILN" CERAMICS FIRING
Saturday, March 10 during the Walk on the Wild Side Arts, Culture and Health Fair
The public is invited to get “hands on” and personally experience raku, a ceramic tradition that originated in 16th century Japan. Individuals may purchase and glaze their own tea bowls, watch as Hawai`i Craftsmen volunteers fire the tea bowls, and take their bowls home after they have cooled and been cleaned. The event will be held on Saturday, March 10, between 11:00 am and 4:00 pm on Pauahi Street (near Nuuanu Avenue) in Chinatown.
“Community Kiln” is the first activity in the 2018 Raku Hoʻolauleʻa program which was founded in 1977. Other activities include a tea bowl making workshop, Japanese tea ceremony demonstration, Raku Hoʻolauleʻa “main event” ceramics firing and campout on Oahu’s North Shore, and an juried exhibit of art works created at the main event.
More details on all Raku Hoʻolauleʻa activities will be posted in the March Hawaii Craftsmen newsletter.
Also, please note that Hawaii Craftsmen members are welcome to attend meetings of the Raku Hoʻolauleʻa committee that coordinates the program. Volunteer input and engagement is essential to producing quality program activities that serve Hawaii Craftsmen members and the community. The next meeting is scheduled at 6:00 pm on Thursday, February 15 at Kenjo, Inc. (524 Kalihi Street, corner Colburn Street).
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Hawaii Craftsmen celebrates fine craft as a vital and enriching part of contemporary life and supports the creative growth of our member artists and the education of the general public to the value of the crafts. We achieve our mission by increasing public awareness and appreciation of fine craft through community outreach and programs for craft artists. We provide opportunities for continuing education and regular exhibition of member work that supports and sustains a statewide community of craft artists. Our programs provide venues for shared experiences and communication and promote the organization and its members both within and without the State of Hawaii.
Our programs are designed for emerging and professional artists and craftsmen. They typically work with glass, metal, wood, fiber, clay or stone. Our members span generations from founding members (we have several Living Treasures on our roster) to students in art school. The raku program has a youth component and we have watched a generation of budding potters grow up. We take seriously our commitment to reach artist across the state and are the only arts organization to send our jurors to the neighbor islands to select work for our annual exhibition. We plan workshops on neighbor islands each year. On average, 20% or our membership (300+/-) are from the neighbor islands.
Our events are important to the community because they bring knowledge and skill to artists and audience across the Hawaiian Islands about craft in a variety of mediums. Our Annual Statewide Juried Exhibition is the ONLY exhibition that is truly statewide and includes all craft mediums. Our workshops and exhibits are highly anticipated by our members and supporters every year because of the professionalism of the instructors as well as the high quality of the craft exhibited. We strive to bring teachers and jurors from the mainland to bring fresh talents skills and perspectives to our islands. Everyone gains from the experience and it goes both ways Teachers and juror return home with a newly realized appreciation of the fine craft and passionate artists in Hawaii. This knowledge has sometimes opened up new venues for HC artists to exhibit and sell their work. Living so far from other counties and the mainland is important we do not succumb to insularity, but reach out and provide educational programs and exhibition to artist and the public all across Hawaii Art and creativity reach across languages cultures and people of all ages to generate conversion and provide fresh perspective
For our 2014 programs we provided 634 artist experiences to approximately 250 individual artists. Because our programs are at popular arts venues such as the Honolulu Museum of Art, we reached just over 20,000 members of the public.
Hawaii Craft and Other Arts Organizations
Hawaii Craftsmen was founded in 1966 as a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting fine craft in the art community of Hawaii. We are pleased to highlight the organizations listed here that provide a range of arts programs and services throughout the state to our members and the general public.