March 2018


Message from the President

Aloha Hawaii Craftsmen Members

March is turning out to be a busy month here the “office.” We have converted our office to a mobile office, our mailing address will continue at HOC in Chinatown, and we will retain the use of their conference room and shared office infrastructure to hold board meetings.

On Saturday March 10th we will hold the community kiln in Chinatown at Walk on the Wildside. Extra thanks to Terry Savage and the Raku team for making this happen and championing the crafts, also to Sandy Pohl for organizing this event with the National Kidney Foundation of Hawaii.

The Board welcomes new board member representing the island of Kauai Kaylin Spear. Thanks to Kaylin for rounding out the neighbor island representation.

The board has been busy organizing Hawaii Craftsmen’s first online auction fund raising event. Keep an eye out for this online opportunity to sell work and also to buy some great art (on virtual auction!). Look for more detailed information in this newsletter.

Aha Hana Lima’s format has undergone some changes in order to reflect our current financial state. Our workshops will be staggered through out the year instead of happening all at one time. This move increases the flexibility of times and venues to hold workshops and makes it easier to book artists. Keep an eye out for Aha’s first offering: Japanese furniture maker Tak Yoshio will be giving a workshop on the Kanna, the Japanese hand plane and traditional Japanese joinery in early April. Registration will open in the first week in March. Additionally Aha is working on an encore workshop with  ceramic artist Beth Cavener. We are working with potential funders to support workshops on Oahu, the Big Island and Maui. Beth’s workshop is currently being planned for October, pending approval of a grant.

This year for Aha there will be a $25 increase in tuition. Our programs tend to break even. In developing the "lens" to view our finances, it became apparent that our programs were not taking into account enough administrative fees to cover costs. We have done everything to keep this increase low. As one of Hawaii Craftsmen's mission statements in education, the student rate will remain unchanged. 

Lastly, Aha is the most financially volatile event that we run and it is difficult to predict enrollment in the classes. If class size falls below projected enrollment the organization takes a loss, something that we can ill afford at this moment given our current finances. I encourage all interested members to sign up early and commit to the workshops so that we don't jeapordize the financial viability of the organization.

On behalf of the board have a great March.

Aloha

Mark Mitsuda
President Hawaii Craftsmen
president@hawaiicraftsmen.org


2018 Raku Hoʻolauleʻa “Community Kiln” Ceramics Firing Saturday, March 10th

This event will be held in Chinatown in conjunction with "Walk on the Wild Side" Arts, Culture, and Health Fair

The public is invited to get “hands on” and personally experience raku, a ceramic tradition that originated in 16th century Japan.  Individuals may purchase and glaze their own tea bowls and watch as Hawai`i Craftsmen volunteers fire them.  Purchased bowls may be taken home after they have cooled and been cleaned.  The event will be held on Saturday, March 10, between 11:00 am and 4:00 pm on Pauahi Street (near Nuuanu Avenue) in Chinatown.

“Community Kiln” is the first activity in the 2018 Raku Hoʻolauleʻa program which was founded in 1977.  Other activities include a tea bowl making workshop, Raku Hoʻolauleʻa “main event” ceramics firing and campout on Oahu’s North Shore, and an exhibit of art works created by participating artists during the main event.  The 2018 guest artist and juror will be Scott B. Young, a Hawai`i-born ceramic artist and educator who resides in Southern California.

More details on all Raku Hoʻolauleʻa activities will be posted in the April Hawai`i Craftsmen newsletter.

Please note that Hawai`i Craftsmen members are welcome to attend meetings of the Raku Hoʻolauleʻa committee that coordinates the program.  Volunteer input and engagement is essential to producing quality program activities that serve Hawai`i Craftsmen members and the community.  The next meeting is scheduled at 6:00 pm on Thursday, April 12 at Kenjo, Inc. (524 Kalihi Street, corner Colburn Street).


InFORMable Feast



SAVE THE DATE/S!

If you read the president's letter last month you know that we need to raise $30,000 this year to keep Hawaii Craftsmen solvent. About 30% of that will come from membership dues (renew today!)  but the rest we will raise with donations and events. We are super excited to announce a new twist on a past successful fundraising event. A virtual silent auction! Were taking a page from our previous FORMable Feast events. BUT no buying tickets, no fancy outfits, no traffic, no parking hassles, no rubber chicken dinners, no too tight fancy shoes, no idle chit chat, no volunteer shifts, no bar bill, no hangover - well that still depends on you, you can indulge at home and save the Uber fare! It’s all on line.

Artists - look for a letter outlining how you can contribute art to the auction. In alignment with Hawaii Craftsmen's mission we are giving you the option of donating 50% or 100% of the sale from your item/s. We suggest you provide items with various price points with at least one in the $300 to $500 value range. You will need to help us promote this first time online version - but, do not worry, we will make it easy for you. We’ll need the application and images back by Wednesday March 28, 2018.

Art Buyers - coming soon, a virtual invitation to the virtual event. We will open the auction site for previewing and registration (no charge!) on April 1. On Sunday April 15 at 5pm we will commence online bidding! And on Sunday April 22 at 6pm the bidding will end. Our goal is to auction off 100 items netting at least $10,000.

We’re calling it inFORMal Feast. The only thing not virtual is the art you make and the dollar bills paid to bring that art into your home. Mark your calendars: Entry form deadline for art to auction off - March 28 and Auction dates April 15 to 22.  We won’t see you then!


Workshops, Events & Opportunities


MANOA GALLERY 2018 GLASS EXPOSÉ



CALL TO ARTISTS
ELEMENTAL DESIGN: CONTEMPORARY CRAFT IN GLASS, METAL & WOOD

HUI NO'EAU VISUAL ARTS CENTER
2841 BALDWIN AVENUE,
MAKAWAO, HI 96768



Call to Artists! 
Prospectus and entry forms are now online! 
Receiving Day: Tuesday, April 17 / 9am - 4pm

This dynamic exhibition will showcase Hawai'i artists working in glass, metal, and wood challenging artist to explore these versatile media in all their creative forms! Works will be juried in categories according to their predominant medium. 

We are thrilled to welcome Rick Mills, Professor and Glass Area Chair at the University of Hawai'i, as our juror! 

MORE INFORMATION


“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.” 

Spotlight

SELF ASSEMBLY: CERAMICS BY CHRISTOPHER EDWARDS

MARCH 22 – JUNE 15, 2018
HONOLULU MUSEUM OF ART, FIRST HAWAIIAN CENTER, 999 BISHOP STREET
FREE PARKING WITH VALIDATION



#100, Tropism, 9" x 20" x 20", 2017
Ceramic


#94, Cnidaria, 9" x 50" x 16”, 2017
Raku-fired ceramic


#106, Untitled, 9" x 23" x 10 1/2”, 2017
Ceramic


#92, Shangri La, 10" x 10" x 10”, 2017
Raku-fired ceramic

Tell us about your work
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Well, I’m a nature lover, and a little bit of a nerd, and my work is a meditation on the astounding beauty and diversity of natural forms. Pine cones, sea shells, and microscopic organisms called diatoms just mesmerize me with their geometry and visual complexity. So I try to deconstruct how -- and why — these forms are so powerfully beautiful to me. Ultimately, I would say the thing that ties all of my work together is an algorithmic aesthetic. Sorry, scary word I know! An algorithm is just a set of instructions. For example, your DNA contains information that is essentially an algorithm with instructions on how to build you. Every natural thing in the universe uses algorithms to make itself, and that process is called Self-Assembly. This is what creates order out of chaos. I find that very inspiring.


It looks like you work takes a long time to make…tell us a little about your process
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Yup. These things take a long time to make. A larger piece can easily have over a 100 hours in it, but that’s a part of the process that I really love! I find it meditative, and I’m lucky to have a beautiful place in my back yard  to work. I listen to the birds, let the mind settle, and try and get into a state of flow.  Clay is an interesting medium because you have a limited amount of time before it dries out, so it sort of forces me to have these long periods of sustained concentration. I suppose it’s also an analog to how natural things make themselves through the slow process of growth and accretion. Except for me it’s one puka at a time. People always seem to wonder about the amount of time I put into a piece, but I’d rather make one nice thing than 10 semi-nice things.

Do you sketch?
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If you mean sketch on paper, not really. I have found that if I get too detailed in a paper sketch it doesn’t allow me to see a piece clearly as I’m making it. But I do use clay to sketch, either to make a maquette,  or to work out a particular pattern or texture. That makes more sense to me…to sketch in the same medium that you are working in.


What’s your background?
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My first career was as a graphic designer, and my second career was as a computer interface designer. What I’m doing now builds on that I suppose, mostly in terms of the visual training, but it also feels completely different because it’s so tactile. Having squishy, messy clay on your hands is about as far as you can get from computer interface design!


How did you get involved with Hawaii Craftsmen?
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When I first started working in ceramics, my teacher Paul Nash at Windward Community College suggested I enter a piece in Hawai’i Craftsmen's Annual Juried Exhibition. I didn’t know anybody in the Hawai’i arts community, so I decided to volunteer to help out, and I’ve been volunteering for the annual show ever since. As an artist, you can go to openings or workshops and meet other artists, but that’s really different than actually working with them. I love volunteering! I’ve met so many great people, learned a ton, and It’s also given me some serious respect for how much work goes into something like the Annual Exhibition. It’s really easy to take it for granted, but there are literally many thousands of hours that go into it each year. And not one of those hours are paid! Those are people giving themselves to make something great happen. That warms my heart!


#109-111, Bone Towers, 64" x 16" x 16”, 39" x 15" x 15”, 27" x 10" x 10”, 2017
Ceramic


Exhibitions

 

CUDRA CLOVER: HYSTERIA

HUI NO'EAU VISUAL ARTS CENTER
2841 BALDWIN AVENUE,
MAKAWAO, HI 96768


Join us for the opening reception!

Friday, March 9 / 6 - 8pm

Hui No'eau presents solo artist Cudra Clover and her installation entitled Hysteria. Hysteria explores the subject of overstimulation through textiles and multimedia. Along with a selection of her biomorphic silk paintings, Cudra will be presenting elements of these works to create an interactive multimedia experience. 

Cudra is a Maui-based painter and multimedia artist. She has shown her work in Hawaii, Chicago, Denver, Japan, and China. Cudra won the Burningman Award of Excellence with her tech team, for the ARC installation, which was also displayed at TEDx and The Maker's Faire NYC. She is one of the founders of artCORE, a Maui group dedicated to engaging the community in interactive art and has co-produced some of the MACC's art-MIXXs. Her artwork is in public spaces, hotels and in the permanent collection of the Hawaii State Museum of Art and Culture. 

This exhibition is presented with support from the Hawaii Tourism Authority and will be free to the public until Friday, April 13th. The gallery is open daily 9am - 4pm.


DONKEY MILL 15th ANNUAL FACULTY EXHIBIT

DONKEY MILL ART CENTER
78-6670 MAMALAHOA HWY
HOLUALOA, HAWAII 96725



Business Hours: Weds – Sat, 10:00 am – 6:30 pm (Call to confirm)

This exhibition offers students and visitors an exclusive opportunity to view the new work by some of the region's most dynamic artists and educators representing the full spectrum of areas in studio art and design including traditional drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics, printmaking and metal work. See how this talented group of artists and instructors confront traditional notions of art, push boundaries and expectations, and discover new ideas with humor and passion.  

SHALOHA : A JEWISH WOMEN ARTISTS EXHIBITION

THE HiSAM MUSEUM GALLERY SHOP x MORI
250 S. HOTEL ST.
HONOLULU, HI 96814


The HiSAM Museum Gallery Shop x Mori proudly presents our March exhibition "Shaloha" featuring artwork by Deborah Nehmad, Maya Lea Portner, Jackie Mild Lau, Sabra Feldstein, and Hawkins Biggins. Shaloha is a unique greeting created from the traditional warm welcomes of the Hebrew "shalom" and Hawaiian "aloha". Much like this greeting, our Jewish women artists have strong roots in our island home and is evident in much of their artwork. Working in very diverse mediums, from fused glass to photography and pyrography and more, the artists' works will be a fantastic visual feast! Special pop up by Big Island jewelry designer Daniel Sheinfeld-Rodriguez. Music from vinyl by Aloha Got Soul. Roving opera singers from Hawaii Opera Theater. Food available for purchase from Artizen by MW. Valet parking on Richards Street for $4. First Friday opening reception on March 2nd from 5:30 pm to 9 pm. The "Shaloha" exhibition runs to March 31st. Free and open to the public.

BODY OF WORKJUNE 29, 2017 - APRIL 29, 2018
HONOLUL
U MUSEUM OF ART


Exhibition Overview

Since Paleolithic peoples carved female fertility symbols from stone, we have been fascinated by our own image, and are driven to represent that form in art. Self-representation helped our ancestors create meaning in a dangerous, unknown world, and artists today use the human form to communicate desires, ideologies, and individual and cultural experiences. 

These primarily American and European paintings, sculptures, photographs and works on paper, drawn from the museum’s modern and contemporary collection, focus on the human figure in classically inspired works as well as personal and experimental pieces that challenge viewers’ preconceptions. See works by such artists as Robert Arneson, Elmer Bischoff, Robert Colescott, Robert Mapplethorpe, Vik Muniz, Mickalene Thomas, Kara Walker, and Tom Wesselmann that deal with themes such as religion and spirituality, identity, gender, and politics.

This was the final collection-based exhibition organized by Curator of Contemporary Art James Jensen, who sadly passed away in April. His knowledge of the collection, attention to detail, and dedication to the museum will never be forgotten.

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We are making sure that we have all members' 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!

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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.

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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 newsletter@hawaiicraftsmen.org by October 14th for inclusion in the next newsletter.

Request for Hawaii Craftsmen Historical Documents

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.  LOOKING FOR ANYTHING FROM THE EARLY YEARS - 1967 - 1990 !

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Volunteers Needed

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. 


VOLUNTEER COMMITTEE 

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. 


FUNDRAISING COMMITTEE 

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.


Board of Directors Nominations

The board is currently seeking nominations for the Vice President and Treasurer of the Board of Directors.  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 are welcome) and brief biographical information of potential candidates to president@hawaiicraftsmen.org 

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