• Newsletter June 2015

Hawaii Craftsmen News & Events
June 2015

Raku Ho'olaule'a 2015

by Mark White, Hawaii Craftsmen Board President

Raku Ho'olaule'a Weekend A Success!

Hawaii Craftsmen's 39th annual Raku Ho'olaule'a held at Camp Mokuleia was a great success! From May 22nd to Memorial Day, starting with fine weather and a truly moving blessing by Kahu Bruce Ah Leong, with dozens of Raku artists from Hawaii and the mainland learned alternative firing techniques from guest artists Charlie and Linda Riggs. In addition to the wet clay demo and slide lecture before the camp out, the Riggs provided many glaze preparation and post-firing demonstrations at Camp Mokuleia illustrating how they get their unique results. 

The Community Kiln on Sunday afternoon was also noted for its smooth organization and operation. Many public visitors enjoyed glazing their purchased tea bowls and having them fired by our excellent participating groups.The climax of the weekend was the selection of traditional and contemporary works for exhibition in June at Marks Garage. Congratulations to Leihulu Greene for winning the top honors, the Virginia McGaraghan Award, for her inspiring piece! Come see her work and others at the opening reception on June 4th at The ARTS at Marks Garage gallery.

Many thanks go to the Raku group leaders and all who worked this event with a special thanks to the following people and supporters of Raku Ho'olaule'a:
Keiko Hatano, for serving as our traditional juror
Mike and Ginnie McGaraghan for hosting the Riggs at their home and studio
Kama'aina Potters Group for hosting the Riggs at camp
Jeff Chang
for showing us how to make saggars and prepping clay for the Wet Clay demo
Isami Enomoto
of Ceramics Hawaii for donating clay

The Urasenke Foundation
for their Tea Ceremony demonstration at UH
Ed Higa for conducting his Tea Bowl workshop
Chris Pierce of Joy of Sake 
University of Hawaii Art Department Ceramics Lab
and Ashley Huang for wet clay demo venue
Tamoi Naka
for providing the tea ceremony at the opening reception of the Raku Ho'olaule'a exhibit

Hawaii Craftsmen Event Calendar


June 4, Thursday, Opening Reception 5:30 - 8:00 PM, ARTS at Marks Garage, free and open to the public. Tea ceremony with Tamoi Naka and a sake tasting with Joy of Sake.
June 5, First Friday, Wheel Thrown Clay and Raku Firing demonstrations 5:00 - 10:00 PM, ARTS at Marks Garage.

June 4 - 27: Raku 2015 Exhibition at the ARTS at Marks Garage gallery.  Gallery hours for the show will be Tuesdays - Saturdays 12 AM - 5 PM. 

September 12: Second Saturday with Hawaii Craftsmen at the Hawaii State Art Museum (HiSAM)

October 27 - November 21: Honolulu Craftsmen Annual Statewide Juried Exhibition at the Honolulu Museum of Art School Gallery with guest juror Dr. Lowery Stokes Sims, Curator Emerita, Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) in NYC.

This year, registration and entries will be done through the CaFE website (www.callforentry.org), which requires artists to set up a CaFE account (free of charge) and then register for the exhibit with digital images of the artwork being submitted for consideration.

July 1: opening of registration

September 15: deadline for registration

October 27 - November 21: ASJE 2015 Exhibit at the Honolulu Museum of Art School. Opening reception on Tuesday, October 27 from 5:30 - 7:30 PM, free and open to the public, at the Honolulu Museum of Art School.

Hawaii Craftsmen Member News

From the 2014 Fiber Hawaii opening reception - if you were there, revisit the memories with this video, and if you missed it, here's your chance to see the fashion show produced by the Indie Visual List!

CLASS: BUD SPINDT Lost Wax Glass Casting | Honolulu Museum of Art School
If you've dreamt of creating your own sculptural glass art, this class is for you! Explore working with modeling wax, plaster-silica mold making, glass coloring, kiln firing and finishing techniques. 7 Saturday sessions starting June 6; for more information please visit the Honolulu Museum of Art School website.

WORKSHOP: LISA LOUISE ADAMS Coptic Book Binding | Honolulu Museum of Art School
Students create books styled after a fourth-century bookbinding technique. Learn a two-needle stitch to create books with an exposed stitched chain spine. Book boards and assorted threads provided. Single session on Sunday June 7; for more information please visit the Honolulu Museum of Art School website. 

ART EXHIBITION: KATHY TOSH With Spirit In Mind | Gallery on the Pali
Fiber and works on paper by Kathy Tosh.
Artist reception Saturday, June 6, 5:00 - 7:00 PM. 
Gallery on the Pali (First Unitarian Church of Honolulu) 
2500 Pali Highway, Honolulu June 1 - July 10, 2015

ART EXHIBITION: Schaefer Portrait Challenge | HMA at First Hawaiian Center
June 10 - September 25

The Schaefer Portrait Challenge, a juried triennial open to residents of Hawai‘i, always pushes the boundaries"Birds of a Feather" painted quilt by Kathleen Kastles (detail) of portraiture. Previously on view at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center, this traveling exhibit is now in downtown Honolulu.The fifth challenge features 55 portrait or self-portrait works by 54 artists from across the state, including Ingrid Fregeau, Sally French, Roberta Griffith, Lynn Weiler Liverton, and Mydock, selected by jurors Esther Shimazu of O‘ahu, Keith Tallett of Hawai‘i Island, and Sidney Yee of Maui. In addition to Maui, the jurors visited O‘ahu, Kaua‘i and Hawai‘i Island to select the final portraits from hundreds of entries.The works represent a wide variety of media and methods including paint, pastel, graphite, watercolor, stone, clay, wood, and mixed media. For more information on the Honolulu exhibit, please see the info on the Honolulu Museum of Art website

ART SALE: VOLCANO ART CENTER | 7th Annual Volcano Pottery Sale
June 12 & 13, 3:00 - 8:00 PM on Friday 6/12, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM Saturday 6/13.
Niaulani Campus of the Volcano Art Center
Participating potters include Carol Yamashita, Shannon Hickey, Birgitta Frazier, Emily Herb, and Lisa Louise Adams. For more information, please see the info on the RYH Pottery website.

FEATURE ARTICLE | Inside the Artist's Studio: Maya Lea Portner
by Lesa Griffith, published on the Honolulu Museum of Art website
Jay Jensen, HoMA's curator of contemporary art, recently visited Maya Lea Portner in her studio to check on her progress for her upcoming exhibition, Urbanophilia/Urabanophobia. Read more on the Honolulu Museum of Art blog.

ART EXHIBITION: MAYA LEA PORTNER, Urbanophilia/Urbanophobia | Love and Fear of the City
June 11 - September 15, 2015 Maya Lea Portner is being honored by the Honolulu Museum of Art as the 13th recipient of the Catharine E.B. Cox Award for Excellence in Visual Arts. Portner’s work is inspired by the abstraction of mapped land. For her exhibition titled Urbanophilia/Urbanophobia—Love and Fear of the City, she will create a sculptural installation based on aerial photographs of selected zip codes in Honolulu.
For more information, please visit the Honolulu Museum of Art event calendar.
Honolulu Museum of Art
900 South Beretania St., Honolulu

June 19 - 28, 2015
Nine days of free art programs including "Lumber Liquidation" woodworking demonstrations and "Fire Sale" ceramics and glass demonstrations, plus an art sale with works from international and local artists including Clayton Amemiya, Amber Aguirre, Reiko Brandon, Robert Butts, Joey Chiarello, Francisco Clemente, Sharon Doughtie, Scott Fitzel, Yoko Haar, Daven Hee, Charles Higa, Boris Huang, May Izumi, Hugh Jenkins & Stephanie Ross, Elroy Juan, Kenny Kicklighter, John Koga, Pat Kramer, David Kuraoka, Diane KW, Rick Mills, Maya Lea Portner, Johanette Rowley, Esther Shimazu, Madeline Soder, Boyd Sugiki, Toshiko Takaezu, Lori Uyehara, Alan Wilkinson, George Woollard, and Maile Yawata. For full schedule, art guide, and more, please visit the Honolulu Museum of Art #ArtShop webpage.
Honolulu Museum of Art Spalding House
2411 Makiki Heights Drive, Honolulu

July 2 - October 25, 2015
Seven artists and one artist collective have been selected to participate in the Honolulu Museum of Art’s biennial Artists of Hawai‘i, including Maile Yawata.For more information, please visit the Honolulu Museum of Art exhibit information.
Honolulu Museum of Art
900 South Beretania St., Honolulu

WORKSHOP: DONNA SHIMAZU Viking Knit Chain | Honolulu Museum of Art School
This workshop covers making single and double knit Viking chains with metal wire. Finishing off and making simple clasps will be included. 2 Saturday sessions starting July 25. For more information, please visit the Honolulu Museum of Art School website.

WORKSHOP: ESTHER SHIMAZU Fat Dogs | Honolulu Museum of Art School

We will make small roly-poly hollow ceramic dogs using standard handbuilding techniques. These are a riff on Pre-Columbian terra cotta dogs but with some updating and more detail and humor. 3 weekend workshops starting August 1. For more information, please visit the Honolulu Museum of Art School website.

Job Opportunities

Honolulu Museum of Art has job listings for a Collections Technician and a Junior Graphic Designer and Marketing Assistant. More information on their website: www.honolulumuseum.org

Bishop Museum has job listings for Director of Education, Special Exhibit Guide, Education Interpreter, Assistant Manager Retail, and Gift Shop Staff. More information on their website: www.bishopmuseum.org

HONOLULU Magazine Group is seeking an Art Director and an Associate Art Director. More information at www.honolulumagazine.com/jobs

Calls to Artists

Hawaii's Woodshow 2015 | Na La'au o Hawai'i

Hawai'i Forest Industry Association's 23rd Annual Statewide Juried Woodworking Exhibition
Prospectus available at hawaiiswoodshow.blogspot.com. Deadline for entry August 7, 2015.

37th Annual Commitment to Excellence Art Exhibition | Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce
Entry Dates:  Monday, August 3 & Tuesday, August 4, 2015 at the Honolulu Museum of Art School.
For more information, please visit hjcc.org.

Call for Applications: Honolulu MOCA Art in City Buildings for Waianae Police Station Replacement
The City and County of Honolulu Commission on Culture and the Arts desires to commission a work of art for the Waianae Police Station Replacement building, 85-939 Farrington Highway, Waianae, Hawaii 96792. One location has been designated to receive art. This request for proposals is open to all artists, or artist teams, qualified to work in the City and County of Honolulu. The budget for this project is $70,000.00. Application deadline is August 7, 2015. For more information, please visit CallForEntry.org

Volunteer Opportunities

Hawai'i Craftsmen is seeking board members (including officers) for 2015 and 2016. For more information, please contact Mark White, board President, at president@hawaiicraftsmen.org.

We're looking for volunteers to help organize and plan the Annual Statewide Juried Exhibition for 2015. Interested? Please contact program chair Barbara Thompson at barbarathompson@hawaiicraftsmen.org.


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