Gail Hazlehurst is a sculptor working in clay and has a B.F.A. degree from University of Hawaii, audited a course in Exhibition Design and Gallery management by Tom Klobe and has a B.S. degree in Business Administration from Hawaii Pacific University. Her sculptures have been exhibited in juried art exhibits on Oahu and Maui.
Gail is also the owner of Creative Clay Company which coordinates and teaches clay hand-building classes for adults and children and she has taught classes at the Contemporary Museum in Honolulu (as volunteer Education Chair from 1997 - 2006), several private and public schools on Oahu, the girl scouts, and for the home schoolers. Gail also worked as one of the Gallery Directors for Hawaii Pacific University from 1987-1993 and is a past board member of the Friends of the Contemporary Museum in Honolulu and Hawaii Craftsmen.
I clay hand build my forms using slab, coil and pinch methods, utilizing a variety of clay and glaze types. My work is primarily wall sculptures of various sizes, "sea spiral" sculptures up to 2 feet in height and a series of "coral head" sculptures about 1 foot tall. My inspiration comes from the beautiful images I have absorbed from a lifetime of living on tropical islands. The ocean and the life forms within it, stretches of white beaches and the shells and corals cast onto them by the sea are all echoed in my work.
1975 – Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, University of Hawaii
1983 – Bachelor of Science degree, Business Administration, Hawaii Pacific College
1985 – Audited a course in Exhibition Design and Gallery Management, present by Tom Klobe, University of Hawaii
1985 – Attended workshop presents by artist Suzanne Wolfe, Leeward Community College
1982 – Attended workshop presents by artists Susan & Steven Kemenyffy, Honolulu Academy of Arts
1981 – present Owner, Creative Clay Company, Honolulu, Hawaii.
Set up and teach clay handbuilding after-school programs and workshops for children ages 3 to 12 in 20 schools on Oahu. Also offer educational ceramic workshops for teachers in these schools. Trained four other teachers to assist me in teaching this program.
1987 – 1993 – Gallery Director at the Gallery at Hawaii Pacific University, Hawaii Loa Campus, Kaneohe, Hawaii.
Managed the gallery and supporting activities; developed and scheduled art exhibits. Organized receptions; managed opening night sales of art work. Maintained client lists, budget accountability, food & wine inventory. Designed and constructed exhibits when needed. Hostess receptions.
1987 – 1993 – Board of Directors, Gallery at Hawaii Pacific University, Hawaii Loa Campus. Assisted in the management of gallery business as described above.
1985 – Instructor, Waolani Judd School, Honolulu, Hawaii.
Taught clay handbuilding workshop for teachers in the school to expand their skill and knowledge in the use of clay.
1983 – Instructor, Juvenile Detention Home, Honolulu, Hawaii.Instructor of clay handbuilding workshop for children in juvenile home. Purposes of the workshop were: education, recreation and encouragement for the children so that, just as they shaped the clay, so could they shape their own lives into something better.
1982 – Instructor, Epiphany Episcopal School. Honolulu, Hawaii.Taught clay handbuilding workshop for teachers in the school to expand their skill and knowledge in the use of clay.
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