This year's Hawaii Craftsmen exhibition contains a lot of clay, an indication of how vibrant the local clay scene is. Joey Chiarello is one of the visiting artists this year which shows how far he's come as a clay artist. He's developed a distinctive style that's gained an international following. And how about Chris Edwards? He's been working in clay as a handbuilder for less then 4 years and yet he's already become one of the best clay artists in the state. One of his pieces in this exhibit (#55) was purchased by the Honolulu Museum of Art which is a rare honor. It's also my favorite piece in the exhibit. I decided not to submit anything since I didn't have any strong pieces to offer. Maybe next year!
I took photos of every piece in the show that was made of clay, at least in part. I also took close-ups to give you a better idea of how pieces were constructed. The descriptions are from the catalog of the exhibit.
I began potting in January of 2012. Because I'm so new to potting, I think I understand the challenges of beginning potters and hope this blog will be encouraging to them and a source of helpful information and comment. I hope you'll join the conversation!