Mark Mitsuda, President
Terry Savage, Secretary
Jennifer Owen (Maui)
Caylin Spear (Kauai)
Mark White, Past President
The volunteer board develops and maintains relationships with the community and are active in Hawai`i Craftsmen’s mission, goals, objectives and programs. Historically, our board has consisted primarily of working artists, art educators and persons involved in the art community.
Mark Mitsuda grew up in Honolulu Hawaii, and was introduced to glass during high school at Punahou School. Mark went on to art school and graduated with a BFA from Alfred University in 1992. He has studied with numerous glass artists at Pilchuck Glass School and has worked as a studio assistant for Rick Mills at the University of Hawaii. In the mid 90’s he co-found Glass Design Group, a limited production studio glass studio in upstate New York. In 1998 he returned to Honolulu to teach glassblowing at Punahou School where he is currently the head of the glass program. He has taught at Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina and has been a resident artist at the Appalachian Center for Craft in Smithville Tennessee and is a board member of Hawaii Craftsmen.
Years ago I worked in clay and eventually made casts in handmade paper from molds of my clay pieces. I wanted to engage the viewer in thinking about the origins or inspiration of my stele-like forms and fragments that were inspired by objects I’d contemplated for years in museums and historic sites.
My subsequent non-linear career path led me away from making things, to helping others make art. But I never stopped being an artist…I just took a 30 year sabbatical. Fast forwarding a few decades, I resumed making objects in earnest several years ago, this time primarily in fused glass. I’m intrigued with the interplay between various colors and patterned shapes in my pieces. I like the way light passes through the glass and casts colorful shadows on walls and shelves. Some of my designs are inspired by maps which have fascinated me throughout my life. Others incorporate biomorphic and sometimes textured elements prompted by organic shapes I see throughout the natural world.
I am indebted to Sue, Jungle and Bud for introducing me to this wonderful if occasionally exasperating medium.
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Francisco Clemente, born and raised in Huelva, Spain, traveled throughout Europe before he settled in the continental United States. Becoming a general contractor, he was able to begin working with his hands and helped build many custom houses in Las Vegas. After a successful vacation to Hawaii, he made it his new home.
His progression from general contractor to artist was a natural one. Following a client’s request for round posts for a four poster bed, he purchased a book on woodturning, a lathe, and taught himself new techniques. He began creating candle holders, then turned boxes that he would sell at local craft fairs, catching the attention of local galleries.
Always challenging himself to engage the media in different ways, he began stepping away from the confines of round forms and incorporated carving into his work. “The wood guides you—tells you what form it wants to be,” says Francisco. He appreciates the freedom that creating an abstract form provides, utilizing every piece of wood, every scrap, capturing the innate beauty and essence of Hawaii’s woods.
Francisco allows the logs to season and dry—often for years—which enables the colors and spalting to develop. He enjoys the challenge of working with different species of wood to create form and complements each with a finish that best suits the piece. Recently, Francisco began experimenting with surface textures, dyes, and color to bring life to plainly colored woods. “I am always looking for new or different ways to do my work—always in search of the ultimate expression,” says Francisco.
Born and raised on Molokai Paula obtained a B.A. in Psychology from San Diego State University in 1978 and in May 2007, completed a second Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts, Art Studio, from the University of New Mexico. Paula works in several mediums: photography, acrylic, encaustic, mixed media collage work and hand pulled printmaking (primarily intaglio and monotypes).
As an artist and an active advocate for the arts, Paula served several terms as an Art Commissioner for the City of Rio Rancho, New Mexico and served as a board member and chair of communications for the Rio Rancho Art Association. She has organized and curated numerous art exhibits-including annual youth art exhibits and served as art curator for the Esther Bone Library-bringing in many art related programs and exhibits to the community of Rio Rancho, New Mexico. Paula currently serves as a board member for the Molokai Arts Center.
Tanyah Tavorn is a fiber, mixed media and theatre artist, with a BA in Art and Theatre from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She has enjoyed supporting a variety of community organizations and campaigns with graphic design, event management, and community engagement. She is currently working with Hawaii Craftsmen, Hawaii Fashion Incubator, Kipuka Theater, and Los Angeles Female Playwrights Initiative. She has participated in shows for Hawaii Craftsmen, UH Art Gallery, Trash2Fashion, Pacific Arts League, UHM Kennedy Theatre/Earle Ernst Theatre and Kipuka Theater.
Liz Train has a BFA in ceramics and an MFA in Fiber Arts from the University of Hawaii. She first joined Hawaii Craftsmen in 1979 and served as President in 1981 and 1982. Liz founded the Fiber Hawaii exhibit in 1982 and has continued to serve as chairperson of the exhibit for many years including the 2012 exhibit. She taught fiber arts at the University of Hawaii from 1980 - 1987 and was a museum educator at The Contemporary Museum from 1998 - 2005.As a Teaching Artist she currently works with the Hawaii State Art Museum on the ArtBento outreach projects and Artist in the Schools program at various elementary schools. Liz also teaches adult classes in Fiber art and Weaving at the Honolulu Museum of Art School and children's classes after school at Noelani elementary. In addition to fiber art Liz enjoys working with ceramics, fused glass, printmaking and mixed media.