Raku Ho'olaule'a 2023 Prospectus

About Raku Ho'olaule'a

Founded in 1977, Raku Ho`olaule`a (a celebration of raku) brings together ceramic artists to participate in raku and related firing techniques at a campout which is held in a beautiful beach setting on the North Shore of Oʻahu.  Objects glazed and fired at the beach are juried by experts in contemporary and traditional raku for an exhibition.


The Campout

THURSDAY, MARCH 23 - SUNDAY MARCH 26
Raku Ho’olaule’a is focused around a weekend of communing, glazing and firing ceramic artworks by the beach at Camp Mokule’ia.  Participants are organized in groups, each with their own kilns, equipment and glazes. Jurying of artwork for the exhibition will take place at the beach on Sunday morning prior to striking camp. Participating artists must register in advance with Hawaiʻi Craftsmen, and the public is invited to visit and watch the firings all weekend.  

Camp Mokulēʻia
68-729 Farrington Hwy, Waialua, HI 96791
https://www.campmokuleia.org

TIMELINE
Thursday, March 23
11:00 am - Load in and setup. The back gate will be open for unloading only.


Sunday, March 26

9:00 am - Jurying

11:00 am - Clean up and load out. The back gate will be open at 11:00 am

1:00 pm - Check out


The Exhibition

EXHIBITION

The Raku Ho`olaule`a juried exhibition features contemporary and traditional raku fired at the campout. Exhibition venue and dates will be announced soon.


JURORS

Contemporary Category

Ramon Camarillo​ www.rakuramon.com


From Hawaii, Camarillo has been honing his skills in the art of Western raku pottery for over 40 years. He moved to the Washington, D.C. area in 1996, gaining local and national recognition as a ceramic artist.  He became a resident artist at the Lee Arts Center in Arlington, VA. He ultimately juried into the prestigious Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, Virginia and was featured on “Good Morning America”.  

Ramon has served the State Department as an art attaché for the Arts in the Embassies program.  During his tenure he traveled to Dubai, India, Nepal and Bangladesh where he conducted numerous ceramic workshops and demonstrations.  His works are on permanent display in U.S. Embassies around the world including Dhaka, Bangladesh; Suva, Fiji; Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic and Geneva, Switzerland to name a few.



Traditional Category

Bob McWilliams


Bob McWilliams, a Midwesterner, made it to Hawaii in 1975 and vowed to become a potter. Forty-three years later he has no regrets. He has been a full-time potter and teacher for over twenty years, and a Fulbright Memorial Fund Fellow. He has traveled, studied, written articles, and always sustained his passion for clay. The 2017-18 school year was his last teaching ceramics at Punahou School in Honolulu—“Amazing!” 





AWARDS

These awards are generously sponsored by the Susan Rogers-Aregger Memorial Collage & Clay Foundation


Contemporary Category

Best in Show 1st prize - $500

2nd prize - $300

3rd prize - $200


Traditional Category

1st prize - $150

2nd prize - $100

3rd prize - $50


Minor Category 

1st prize - $50

2nd prize - $25

3rd prize - $25


Registration and Pricing

All participants MUST register in advance through Hawaiʻi Craftsmen. If you already know the group you will be firing with, you can select that when you register. If you are not affiliated with an established group, you will be assigned to one and are expected to help with setup, breakdown, cooking, cleaning, etc.  Individual groups may require additional fees for supplies and/or meals. 

Registration will close on Friday, March 3.

REGISTER HERE

Registration fees:
Hawai'i Craftsmen Member $85.00
 
Hawai'i Craftsmen Member - Senior $80.00

Hawai'i Craftsmen Member - Student $50.00 
Non-members - 
$160.00
Camping Only - $30.00

T-Shirts
The official Raku Hoʻolauleʻa t-shirt, designed by Rochelle Lum, must be pre-ordered when you register. Details to be announced soon.

Rules & Regulations

CAMPOUT
Everyone firing or camping MUST register in advance with Hawaiʻi Craftsmen. Non-registered day visitors must pay a fee of $7.00 to Camp Mokulē‘ia at the front office upon arrival.

Assigned Camping and Firing Areas
Each group will be assigned a camping area that is adjacent to their assigned firing area. Size and placement of areas is based on size of group. Every effort will be made to accommodate group requests. Kilns and pit fire containers must be elevated above the surface to minimize scorching the ground. Reduction barrels/cans must be elevated or placed on kiln shelving/bricks. All reduction material must be extinguished and disposed of in the dumpster.

Refundable Security Deposit 
A $75 refundable deposit is required from each group to insure adequate beach and Campsite clean up.

Parking
Overnight parking will be available to registrants in designated parking areas only. Each driver must obtain a car registration form from your group leader and display it in the window of each vehicle. Outside overflow parking is available on the highway adjacent to the camp.

Loading and Unloading
NO vehicles will be allowed in the camping area. Unloading will be allowed from the parking lot and possibly through a gate at the far end of the grounds. Remember to bring carts and hand trucks for transporting gear.

PLEASE FOLLOW THE CAMP TERMS AND CONDITIONS:
• Front Gate opens daily at 7:00 am, closes at 8:00 pm for registered participants.
• No alcoholic beverages.
• No smoking. 
• No loud noise after 10:00 pm. 
• No pets allowed (except for registered service animals).
• Do not build fires or cook on the grass. 
• Keep fires away from trees and tents. 
• No nails in trees.
• Dispose of wash (and glaze) water in sinks at rest rooms; do not dump in the sand or ocean. 
• Take all trash and bulky trash items to the dumpster throughout the weekend.

EXHIBITION
Pre-fired bisque pieces made and glazed by the entrant, and fired at the event are eligible for entry. Only registered firing participants may enter the juried competition. If a collaborative piece is to be considered for the Raku juried exhibit, everyone who participated in making it must be a registered participant. Each registered participant must complete an entry form and may enter a total of four pieces, with one of the four entries being for the traditional tea ceremony category (i.e. tea bowl, waste water container, fresh water container, tea caddy, sweets dish, vase, etc.).

The installation committee will install all accepted artworks. Entries that pose an unusual installation challenge may be rejected or require the artist’s assistance. Artists with extremely delicate or unwieldy entries should make special arrangements for delivery, handling, and pick-up of their artwork. 


Extreme care will be taken in handling all artwork; however, Hawai‘i Craftsmen and the exhibition venue assume no responsibility for loss or damage to artworks on display or in transit no matter how such damage may have been sustained. All accepted entries will be displayed at the owner’s risk.

Accepted entries must remain in the exhibition for the show’s duration and are subject to photographic reproduction for educational and publicity purposes. Artists are encouraged to offer their entries for sale, and Hawai‘i Craftsmen will retain a sales commission of 40%.

Oʻahu artists are required to sit one shift per accepted piece during the show, find a substitute, or pay a $30/shift sitter’s fee. Artists failing to show up for their designated shift must pay a $50 no show fee.

More Information

If you have any questions, or would like to find out more about how to participate, contact the Raku Ho`olaule`a chair Valerie Yokohama by email at valerie.yokoyama@gmail.com, or contact Hawaiʻi Craftsmen by email at info@hawaiicraftsmen.org.



HAWAII CRAFTSMEN IS SUPPORTED BY THE HAWAI’I STATE FOUNDATION ON CULTURE AND THE ARTS,  THE HAWAII COMMUNITY FOUNDATION, THE ATHERTON FAMILY FOUNDATION, THE COOKE FOUNDATION, THE MCINERNY FOUNDATION, THE NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS, THE LAILA TWIGG-SMITH ART FUND, SEVERAL PRIVATE FAMILY FOUNDATIONS AND OUR MEMBERS

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