Raku Ho'olaule'a 2024

About Raku Ho'olaule'a

Founded in 1977, Raku Hoʻolauleʻa (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.

Additional events include a Japanese tea ceremony and tea bowl workshop, a guest artist presentation and technique demonstration, and a community kiln where the public can glaze tea bowls and watch them being fired.


Japanese Tea Ceremony and Tea Bowl Workshop

Attend an authentic Japanese tea ceremony demonstration conducted by Ms. Akiko Ono, Kyoju (Professor) of the Urasenke School and a member of the Urasenke Hawaiʻi Association. After the ceremony, master ceramic artist Yukio Ozaki will teach you how to make your own tea bowl. Clay, tools and bisque firing will be provided.

Sunday, February 25, 11:30 - 3 PM · SOLD OUT 

Cost: $15, Includes a donation to the Urasenke Hawaiʻi Association
Event registration required


    Image Credit: Adriano at it.wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0 <http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/>, via Wikimedia CommonsTea Ceremony, 11:30 - 1 PM

    University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Jaku’an Tea House
    East-West Center Japanese Garden, 1777 East-West Rd, Honolulu, HI 96848

    Tea ceremony rules:

    • Wear clean socks
    • Remove accessories, and cover shoulders and knees (no shorts or tank tops)
    • Tie back long hair.
    Maximum attendees: 15, all tickets are sold
    Image Credit; Adriano at it.wikipedia,
    CC BY-SA 3.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

      Tea Bowl Workshop, 1:30 - 3 PM

      University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Ceramics Studio
      Art Bldg, 2535 McCarthy Mall, Honolulu, HI 96822
      Instructor: Yukio Ozaki
      Maximum attendees: 20, all tickets are sold



      REGISTER FOR TEA CEREMONY AND WORKSHOP


      Guest Artists

      Take a trip through the creative process with these ceramic artists, clay craftsmen and gentle giants Don Ellis and Randy Brodnax. Don and Randy are two of the most respected and entertaining ceramics instructors working today. They have incredible energy and passion in their teaching, and all with amazing humor that reaches students on many different levels.

      Guest Artists Lecture

      March 18, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

      Don and Randy will present and discuss their work, after a potluck dinner.

      Windward Community College
      Ceramics Studio in Hale Palanakila

      45-720 Keaahala Rd, Kaneohe, HI 96744

      This is free and open to the public, and no registration is required.
      Please bring a potluck item.

      5:30 PM - Potluck
      6:30 PM - Lecture


      Guest Artists Demonstration

      March 19, 5:30 PM - 8 PM

      Don and Randy will demonstrate their signature raku techniques in throwing and surface design after a short potluck dinner.

      Windward Community College
      Ceramics Studio in Hale Palanakila

      45-720 Keaahala Rd, Kaneohe, HI 96744

      This is free and open to the public, and no registration is required.
      Please bring a potluck item.

      5:30 PM - Potluck
      6:00 PM - Demo: Wet Clay followed by surface design


      Guest Artists

      Don Ellis 

      Currently a professor and a Fine Arts Department Chair at San Juan College in Farmington, New Mexico and has been a Ceramics educator since 1986. He is known as a master of Alternative Firing techniques and copper matte glazes and has spent over 30 years mastering these special techniques. His work is featured in Alternative Kilns and Firing Techniques and Mastering Raku.



      Randy Brodnax

      Randy is a life-long potter and educator from Texas and Louisiana. He creates functional pottery, large decorative vessels, and clay sculpture. His creations are images of nature, animals, and fish, and he is a master on the potter’s wheel.  A Louisiana native, Randy has retained much of the Cajun joie de vivre with which he was raised and incorporates that into his entertaining and informative demonstrations which are not to be missed.  



      The Campout

      Thursday, March 21 - Sunday, March 24

      Registration closes on Friday, March 8

      Raku Hoʻolauleʻa is focused around a weekend of communing, glazing and firing ceramic artworks by the beach at Camp Mokulēʻia.  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


      PROSPECTUS AND REGISTRATION


      The T-shirt

      It’s the year of the dragon, and this year’s shirt is designed by the amazing Bryce Myers. Available in short sleeve, long sleeve and tank top.

      Visit the online store to order your shirts: https://www.hawaiicraftsmen.org/storefront

      Orders need to be placed by March 1

      Community Kiln

      During the The HEART of Honolulu Street Festival in Chinatown, the public is invited to get “hands on” with raku in this family friendly activity! Participants get to glaze ceramic tea bowls under the direction of Hawai’i Craftsmen members, see them fired using the raku process, and take their finished tea bowls home that day. 

      Community Kiln 2023, tea bowls are glazed and loaded into kilns to be fired.Saturday, April 13, 10 AM - 2 PM

      $15 per bowl, includes blank tea bowl, glaze, and raku firing.
      No reservation required, but supplies are limited, so come early!

      Exhibition

      Artworks selected by the jurors at the campout will be on display in an exhibition at The Arts at Marks Garage for the month of May. 

      Logo for The Arts at Marks Garage

      Friday, May 3, 6 - 8 PM, First Friday Opening Reception

      Friday, May 31, 6 - 8 PM, Final Friday Reception

      Raku Hoʻolauleʻa Exhibition 2024

      May 1 - 31, The ARTS at Marks Garage

      1159 Nuʻuanu Ave, Honolulu

      More Information

      If you have any questions, or would like to find out more about how to participate, contact the Raku Hoʻolaulea chair Valerie Yokohama at valerie.yokoyama@gmail.com, or contact Hawaiʻi Craftsmen at adminassist@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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