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Hawaii Craftsmen Raku Hoolaulea 2017 poster

Raku, a centuries-old Japanese ceramic art form, is showcased in Windward Community College Gallery ʻIolani newest exhibition, Raku Hoʻolauleʻa. The exhibition features 37 potters and ceramic masters who participated in the Hawaiʻi Craftsmen’s 41st annual Raku Hoʻolauleʻa at Camp Mokulēʻia in May 2017.

The exhibition will run September 8 to October 7 with an opening artist reception on Friday, September 8, 4–7 p.m.

More than 70 artworks were glazed and fired, and juried by experts in contemporary and traditional raku categories. Approximately 70 artists, including Hawaiʻi Craftsmen members, Windward Community College artists and visitors from the mainland U.S. and Thailand, took part in this year’s hoʻolauleʻa.

Shigeru Miyamoto, head of Leeward CC’s ceramics department, juried artworks in the contemporary raku category and Marilyn Sochi Naka juried artworks in the traditional raku category. Naka is a member of Chado Urasenke Tankokai Hawaiʻi Association and the Urasenke Foundation of Hawaiʻi.

The annual Raku Hoʻolauleʻa community raku ceramics workshop, firing and beachside campout is produced by the Hawaiʻi Craftsmen. Founded in 1977, the event brings together ceramic artists to participate in raku and pit firing techniques.

For more information about the exhibition and/or studies in gallery design and management at Windward CC, contact Gallery ʻIolani Director Assistant Momoe Nakajima at (808) 236-9155 or visit the Gallery ʻIolani website.


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