40th Anniversary Raku Ho'olaulea 2016 Photos
Raku Ho'olaule'a 2016
Raku Ho‘olaule‘a is an annual community Raku ceramics workshop, firing and campout in a beautiful beach side setting at Camp Mokule‘ia, followed by an exhibit.
Contemporary guest artist/juror Ken Kang
Traditional juror Hideko Watanabe
Raku Ho`olaule`a is an annual community Raku ceramics workshop, firing and camp out in a beach side setting at one of Oahu’s beautiful beach parks. It brings together ceramic artists to participate in raku and pit firing techniques.
The weekend event is preceded by an Urasenke tea bowl demonstration and workshop, a slide lecture and wet clay demonstration by a guest artist, usually a nationally known ceramist brought to Hawai‘i for the event. Objects glazed and fired at the beach are eligible for the exhibition, juried by the guest artist, at The ARTS at Marks Garage. Opening Reception for this Exhibition includes a Tea Ceremony demonstration and Silent Auction.
Registrants organize in firing groups who can camp overnight, making this event a rare opportunity to retreat with fellow artists and their families.
On Community Kiln Day, the public can glaze a tea bowl and watch a Hawai`i Craftsmen volunteer fire it.
Hawai`i Craftsmen's membership includes a large number of ceramic and raku artists. The Raku Ho`olaule`a is a chance to mingle with fellow raku clay people for a weekend of sharing and collaboration in a relaxed, non-competitive beach setting. As many as 150 artists, including many from other countries (Japan, Australia, New Zealand, France), have taken this opportunity to be with a well-known master who will teaches and demonstrates.
The worldwide Urasenke Foundation, founded in Kyoto, Japan in 1949, is dedicated to Chado, the Way of the Tea and the four Zen principles of Wa, Kei, Sei and Jaku - Harmony, Respect, Purity and Tranquility.
Membership and program fees support Hawai’i Craftsmen. This event is partially funded by the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts , the McInerny Foundation. Workshop space is made available through the generosity of the University of Hawai‘i Manoa and the East West Center.
Ken Kang's passion for clay started 41 years ago when he took his first ceramics class at the Academy of Arts, now known as the Honolulu Museum of Art, under the well-known Hawaii potter, May Chee. Making a new piece of pottery and experiencing all the steps and failures until the final firing can be challenging, but the successes are extremely satisfying.