Ceramics of Hawaii was the first state-wide exhibit at the Honolulu Museum of Art School that focused solely on ceramics. It was on display from December 17th 2016 to January 8th 2017. Artists from every island sent pieces to the gallery at Linekona for jurying. David Kurioka, a native of Kauai and a Professor of Art, Emeritus at the University of San Francisco, was the guest juror. David is an internationally recognized ceramic artist and has studios in both California and Hawaii. Over 400 pieces were submitted and David chose 90 for the exhibit. A section was reserved for "Pioneers," four potters who had an enormous impact on ceramic arts in Hawaii: Toshiko Takaezu, Harue McVay, Isami Enomoto, and Claude Horan. There were also displays around the gallery for each island that gave a brief history of how ceramic arts have developed there. The Hawaii Potters Guild organized this exhibit in part because many potters felt a show dedicated to ceramics was overdue and because HPG will be celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2017. The show received some media attention and attendance was good. Below are pictures of each piece in the exhibit along with a brief description.
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