Lori Barrett (Kauai)
Jennifer Owen (Maui)
Paula Scott (Molokai)
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.
Terry Savage’s early work in ceramics led him to create handmade paper casts from molds of his clay pieces. These bas-relief and three-dimensional “stele” and archeological fragments were inspired by objects he had contemplated for years in museums and at historic sites. Savage currently works primarily in glass. He strives for the interplay between various colors, shapes, and textures in his fused glass pieces, whose designs are often inspired by a lifelong love of maps and topography.
Savage is a volunteer with several Hawaii nonprofits. He joined the Hawaii Craftsmen board in 2016 and currently serves as secretary. His work is in several collections, including the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, the Contemporary Museum, and Security Pacific Bank.
When I started working in ceramics in 2012, I was looking around for ways to exhibit my work as an emerging artist, and my ceramics teacher suggested I enter the Hawai’i Craftsmen Statewide Exhibition. I took his advice and when I registered, I also signed up as a volunteer to help install the exhibition. This helped me in many ways: it was an amazing way to get to know a community of artists, I learned a ton, and it was just generally a super fun experience. I have been volunteering with Hawai’i Craftsmen ever since!
So…a bit about my work...I make sculptures inspired by the algorithmic processes of the natural world and the visual language of human technology. My work is in collections of the Honolulu Museum of Art, the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, the Luciano Benetton Collection, as well as national and international private collectors.
Board of Directors
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.
Jennifer Owen recently retired as Associate Professor of art at University of Hawaii Maui College, where she taught ceramics, sculpture, visual arts, and art history for 21 years. She earned an MFA in ceramics from the University of Oregon and a BA in Art History from Princeton University. She was head of the ceramics department at Hui No`eau Visual Arts Center on Maui for 23 years until 2006. Three of her ceramic sculptures are in the collection of the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, and her work has been juried into shows nationally and internationally. Jennifer first joined Hawaii Craftsmen in 1984, and has participated in the annual members' exhibition ever since.
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.
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, 2014, 2016 and 2018 Fiber exhibits. 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 and Museum Guide she 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. Her work is in the collection of the State Foundation on Culture and Arts as well as many private collections. Liz also serves on the board of the Hawaii Handweaver’s Hui and the Glass Fusion Collective.