Aloha Hawaii Craftsmen members. I suspect many of us take for granted the well-established programs offered by our organization - including the Annual Statewide Juried Exhibition, Aha Hana Lima Artists Workshops, Raku Ho`olaule`a, and the biennial Fiber Show - but the fact is, these flagship events don’t just happen. Each one of them involves careful planning and skilled execution by HC board members and other member volunteers. Several years ago, former board president Kay Mura wrote in this space, “It would be unfortunate to see Hawaii Craftsmen disappear but it’s a definite possibility if more of the membership doesn’t step up to help. We need new people to provide the leadership that keeps Hawaii Craftsmen a force in the community.” What Kay expressed then still very much applies. Our organization, which has nurtured and promoted Hawaii’s diverse craft community in good times and bad over the course of 50 years, absolutely depends on its members’ skill sets, enthusiasm, and commitment to continue producing quality programs and services.
The HC Board of Directors currently has several openings and we are seeking nominations for new board members. Perhaps you have had questions about how the organization conducts it business, or suggestions on ways it can improve its offerings. Well, now is the time to step up and get involved in the governance of HC. Remember, HC is a volunteer-driven nonprofit organization. No one can do this but ourselves and in Kay’s words, “…it will only happen if you say yes…”
We will present a slate of board officers and other board nominees at the next annual meeting. Please consider “throwing your hat in the ring” - or suggest names of potential candidates who may not be HC members - by contacting me, other board members, email@example.com as soon as possible.
2017 RAKU HO`OLAULE`A
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.
Each year Raku Ho’olaule’a is preceded with a traditional Japanese tea ceremony presented by the Urasenke School of Tea in the Jakuan Tea House of the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, East-West Center Garden. This demonstration is open to all.
With a lineage going back 400 years, the Urasenke School of Tea was founded in Kyoto, Japan. Presently it is a worldwide organization dedicated to “Chado, The Way of Tea” and the four Zen principles of Wa, Kei, Sei, and Jaku - Harmony, Respect, Purity and Tranquility. The school provides jurors and guidance in the selection of objects for exhibition in the traditional category, as well as a tea ceremony demonstration, and we are grateful for their continuing participation.
East-West Center Garden Jakuan Tea House
1601 East-West Road
Honolulu, Hawaii 96848
The Tea Bowl Workshop:
April 8th, Saturday, 12pm-5pm
Following the tea ceremony, Master potter Ed Higa leads a free, hands-on workshop where participants shape and carve their own tea bowls. The workshop starts with an introduction to tea ceremony implements and forms intended to explain work that will be eligible for the Traditional category in the exhibition.
Art Department Ceramics Lab
2535 McCarthy Mall
Honolulu, HI 96822
The Community Kiln:
The public is invited to purchase and glaze Raku tea bowls and watch as Hawaii Craftsmen members fire them right on the spot!
Saturday April 22 10am-12 Noon
Honolulu Museum of Art School
1111 Victoria St
Honolulu, HI 96814
The Main Event:
The 41st annual community Raku ceramics festival and campout will be held in a beautiful beach setting at Camp Mokuleia on Oahu’s North Shore.
Noon on Friday May 26 to noon on Monday May 29
68-729 Farrington Hwy,
Waialua, Hawaii 96791
Selected works from the campout in traditional and contemporary Raku categories will be on display at Gallery `Iolani, Windward Community College. Distinguished artist and educator Shigeru Miyamoto will serve as the contemporary Raku juror, Marilyn Tamoe Naka will serve as the traditional juror.
Friday September 8 to Sunday October 8
45-720 Kea'ahala Rd.
Kaneohe, HI 96744
2017 ‘AHA HANA LIMA
Aloha Hawaii Craftsmen members,
On behalf of the board I would like to congratulate everyone for a great Aha Hana Lima 2017. From my observations of the workshops I was awed by the expertise of the artists and their generous sharing of knowledge with our members. Daniel Essig’s classes benefitted from his extensive knowledge of Coptic binding and wry sense of humor while Lisa Klakulak’s classes balanced her high energy and extensive knowledge and experience in felting techniques with Math (gasp!). Matthew Szösz’s class was a great balance between conceptual and intricate planning and cutting of sheet glass that culminated with a highly volatile and dynamic inflation process out of the kiln that pushed all of his students to embrace the spirit of experimentation.
I would like to thank all of the media coordinators: Sharon Doughtie, Liz Train, Maggie McCain and Joan Tures on Oahu, Carol Ann Davis and Licia McDonald on Kauai, and Mary Ann Leigh, Ted Loberg, Jennifer Owen and Renee Wilcox on Maui for all of their work in the logistics and planning that make a program like Aha Hana Lima come together. I would also like to recognize our co-sponsors Punahou School, the University of Hawaii at Manoa, the University of Hawaii Maui College, and Kauai Society of Artists for hosting the workshops and the generous use of their facilities.
I would also like to thank Dr. Timothy Choy for providing the Stella O. H. Lee scholarship that enabled two University of Hawaii students, Lucy Olechowski and Baixin Chen, to attend the workshops. Aha Hana Lima is made possible with support from the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, the Hawaii Community Foundation, the Atherton Family Foundation, the Cooke Foundation, the McInerny Foundation, several private family foundations and our members.
Thanks everyone for a great 2017 Aha Hana Lima season.
For 50 years, Hawaiʻi Craftsmen has relied on the generosity of members, supporters, and volunteers like you, who have helped us accomplish our mission to serve as an integral part of the fine craft community, promote fine crafts throughout the state, and support our community of member artists. Help Hawaiʻi Craftsmen continue the sustainability and growth of its programs and events today by making a tax-deductible monetary contribution—however large or small— by sending us a check or contributing online.
The board is currently seeking nominations for the executive position of President and Treasurer of the Board of Directors. The President is the principle executive officer of the organization; presides at all meetings of the members and of the Board of Directors; is primary signatory to contracts and documents; and, in general, supervises the activities and operations of Hawaiʻi Craftsmen. The Treasurer oversees the financial operations of the organization.These positions require excellent leadership, organizational and people skills, as well as a strong understanding of fine craft arts.
Please send your recommendations/nominations (self-nominations acceptable) and brief biographical information of potential candidates to Terry Savage, Acting President and Vice President, at
As a volunteer organization, Hawaiʻi Craftsmen relies on the active participation of its members in volunteering for a wide range of tasks that help us deliver our programs to members and the community. Please consider volunteering as a coordinator or member on one of the following committees. To sign up to volunteer, please visit our volunteer web page.
MEMBERSHIP DRIVE COMMITTEE
Committee members should have interest/experience in membership development and will assist in membership outreach, building greater active membership, and soliciting updates of member contact and interests information.
Committee members should have interest/experience in organizing volunteers; gathering data on volunteer skills, interests, and expertise; and working with program chairs and event coordinators to contact, solicit, and schedule volunteers.
Committee members should have an interest/experience in fundraising, particularly in working with donors and corporate sponsors. Members will be tasked with developing sponsorship packages, with outreach to potential donors and corporate sponsors, and with soliciting gifts in kind and/or monetary donations for programs and events.
To sign up to volunteer, please visit our volunteer web page at
Do you have any photographs, newspaper articles, program files, or other information from past Hawaii Craftsmen events? We would love to centralize our archives and fill in any missing holes in our history. Please contact us at info@hawaiicraftsmen or call us at 808 521-3282.
NEWSLETTER CALL FOR CONTENT
Is your work in an upcoming exhibit? Do you know of a lecture or event that might be of interest to our membership? Please let us know by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org by April 19th for inclusion in the next newsletter.
“Hawaii Craftsmen celebrates fine craft as a vital and enriching part of contemporary life and supports the creative growth of our member artists and the education of the general public to the value of the crafts.”
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Tea Implements and Bowls
In perfect timing before this year’s Raku Ho‘olaule‘a, you can learn about the ceramic implements used in the Japanese tea ceremony, their uses and forms, from artist Ken Kang.
April 1–2: Saturday 1–5PM; Sunday 9AM–5PM
Cost: $60 HPG Member, $75 Non-HPG Member; and potluck dish
Soup 'R Bowl is an annual fundraiser for the Molokai Arts Center (MAC) and is an event that the islanders look forward to. This year marked the 7th annual event which took place on Saturday, March 4th at the Molokai Community Health Center. Over 540 bowls were made and approximately 365 people attended. For the price of admission ($30), attendees were able to chose their own bowl and soup (there were 5 different home made soups) which was served with a beverage, salad, rolls and dessert. There was a silent auction along with live entertainment and views of the south shore of Molokai which made for the perfect backdrop to watch the sunset.
Molokai Arts Center Kicks Off a New Hawaiian Arts Program
The Molokai Arts Center, in partnership with Ka Honua Momona, launched a new pilot program on Feb. 24, 2017. The Hawaiian Arts Program'sfirst event took place on Friday, February 24th at Ka Honua Momona’s Hale Momona at Ali`i Fishpond with a talk story session on Native Hawaiian tools and weapons. The talk story session was open to the public and free of charge. All ages were encouraged to attend. The event included discussion on the history and craft of Hawaiian tools and weapons from three contemporary makers:
Kanoelani Davis, a local kumu hula and Native Hawaiian arts and culture practitioner, Uncle Kini Burke and Kimo Mc Pherson, both who are weapons makers.
A practical workshop in toolmaking tookplace on March 11 at Ka Honua Momona’s Hale Momona. In that workshop, students learned how to make a niho ‘oki, a small wood and sharktooth cutting tool.
This is the first lecture and workshop in a yearlong series of this Hawaiian Arts Program.
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Within/Without presents new work by Honolulu artists Mary Babcock (HC Member), Reem Bassous, Katherine Love, Hadley Nunes, and Maya Lea Portner (HC Member). The five artists have met regularly over the period of a year and a half to discuss themes, influences, and processes of working. This exhibition, organized by participating artist Katherine Love, is a result of that ongoing collaboration. The exhibition features new work in drawing, painting, fiber, and photography which address topics of political and social activism, the effects of violence and war, femininity and family history, and sense of place and identity.
CONTACT is an annual exhibition of contemporary art exploring the notion of contact as it relates to Hawaiʻi, its people and their experiences. Curated by art collective, PARADISE COVE,3017 asks artists to take on the role of futurologists, considering the strands of the future that exist now and how they might present themselves in a thousand years.
Paper Processes, Hawai‘i Crafts I + Garden Reflections
April 13, 2017 - July 21, 2017 First Hawaiian Center
Paper Processes: Works by Denise Karabinus, Paula Nokes, and Nisha Pinjani
Paula Nokes, Stained in Blue
Artists Denise Karabinus (HC member), Paula Nokes (HC member), and Nisha Pinjani tackle personal and political issues—of suffering and loss, Japanese internment during WWII, and the place of women in society—by transforming the medium of paper through techniques such as collage, stitching, and stapling.
Denise Karabinus, Tear Mandala: Apricot
Hawai‘i Crafts I: Fiber, Glass, Wood, and Metal from the Collection of Honolulu Museum of Art
Comprised of works selected from the museum’s collection by curator of contemporary art Jay Jensen, this exhibition highlights some of the best contemporary craft work in Hawai‘i, and is the first in a two-part series highlighting the museum’s strong collection of craft-based work. These exhibitions acknowledge and celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Hawai‘i Craftsmen organization and its commitment to the art and artists of Hawai‘i.
Garden Reflections: Ceramics by Yoko Haar and Licia McDonald
This exhibition presents wall-mounted ceramic works by Honolulu artist Yoko Haar and Kaua‘i artist Licia McDonald. Haar is known for her subtly toned, delicate tiled pieces which incorporate repeated patterns and textures, while McDonald’s brightly colored, whimsical works are recognizable for soft white edges and undulating forms that allude to petals, plant life, or fantasy.
Honolulu Biennial 2017
Middle of Now | Here
March 8 - May 8
Honolulu Biennial 2017 is a new, multi-site, contemporary visual arts festival running from March 8 – May 8 2017 throughout various sites within the city. Entitled, Middle of Now | Here, Fumio Nanjo, Director of Tokyo’s Mori Art Museum, serves as the Curatorial Director and Ngahiraka Mason, formerly Indigenous Art, Maori Art at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, a position she held for 20 years, is serving as Curator of Middle of Now | Here.
April 2 – April 30, 2017 More information at http://www.artmaui.com/
CALL TO ARTISTS
Biennium Grant Program Community Peer Panels
The Hawai‘i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts is looking for individuals to serve on its 2017-2019 Biennium Grant Program Community Peer Panels. The panels will meet in March 2017 to review grant applications and make recommendations to the HSFCA Board regarding non-profit organizations who conduct projects and programs that support arts, culture, and humanities in Hawaii. Panelists are needed to serve on panels in the following program areas: Presentation, Community Arts, Heritage and Preservation, Arts Education, and Presentation: Performing Arts. If you are currently working in or have had experience working in any of the above program areas and would like to participate on a panel, please go to culturegrants-hi.org, and complete and submit the Panelist Application form at the bottom of the page.
The Hawai‘i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts (HSFCA)
has posted a call seeking artists to submit qualifications for consideration for several commissioned works of art project sites within the Department of Education.
This call is part of the Art in Public Places-Artists in Residence (APP-AIR) Program, which is a collaborative initiative between the Department of Education and the HSFCA. The program was established to implement an integrated visual arts in education program, while providing commissioned works of art in public schools.
Location: Various locations throughout the State of Hawai'i
Budget: $100,000 per project
Deadline to submit application: April 25, 2017 (11:59 PM Mountain Time)
The HSFCA urges visual artists to register with CaFÉ (callforentry.org), a website developed by the Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF) to facilitate calls for artists and artwork. The CaFÉ registration is free, secure, and offers access to visual arts opportunities nationwide.
The site can be found at www.callforentry.org and provides information about CaFÉ, answers to FAQs, tech tips, image prep and a questions forum.
ARTIST OF THE MONTH CALL FOR PARTICIPATION
Hawai'i Craftsmen active members can now submit an application to be featured as “Artist of the Month.” For more information email Juvana Soliven at email@example.com .
MEMBERS, DO WE HAVE YOUR CURRENT INFORMATION?
We are making sure that we have all membersʻ current contact information to keep everyone informed and up to date on Hawaii Craftsmen events and opportunities. We are also tracking members preferred art medium to help us make decisions about what programs to provide. Please take the time to sign in at Hawaiicraftsmen.org, update your contact information, and adjust your membership level or status as needed, so we can serve you better!
STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS PROGRAM
“In an effort to support an increased presence of fine craft programs during the year we are seeking partnerships with other art and fine craft organizations and community art centers, groups, and galleries.”
Help us celebrate Hawaiʻi Craftsmen’s 50th Anniversary Year. In an effort to support an increased presence of fine craft programs during the year we are seeking partnerships with other art and fine craft organizations and community art centers, groups, and galleries. We hope that you will see the mutual benefits of these Strategic Partnerships. Ideally we can begin an on-going working relationship to mutually support and promote Hawaii’s fine craft artists working primarily in functional and non-functional 2- and 3 dimensional art in clay, fiber, glass, wood, metal, stone, and mixed media.
We are accepting proposals for exhibits, art events, awards, and workshops. A limited number of awards remain available for additional partnerships.
Our over-arching goal is to celebrate and promote public art exhibitions, art displays, and events featuring fine craft arts and artists and to support artists working in clay, fiber, glass, wood, metal, stone, and mixed media through formal and informal workshops and educational opportunities.
Potential partners should submit an application at least 3 months in advance of your planned project. We are hopeful that together we can increase the appreciation and support of fine craft art throughout the state and beyond!
CONGRATULATIONS TO HAWAII ISLAND ARTS ALLIANCE, HAWAII POTTERS GUILD, UH ART GALLERY-UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII AT MANOA, CURRENT RECIPIENTS OF STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM AWARDS.
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“Your involvement is vital to continue to make Hawai'i Craftsmen a success.”
Hawaii Craftsmen meets the Third Wednesday of the month and the meeting is open to members. If you would like to attend, please sign up at Hawaiicraftsmen.org under Events.
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