From May 23 to June 12, Cedar Street Galleries in Honolulu put on an exhibit entitled "Earth" with one painter, Hamilton Kobayashi, and two ceramicists, Kenny Kicklighter and Chris Edwards. Kenny and Chris are two of the best ceramic artists in the state and it was a delight to see their most recent work together in one exhibition. Kenny starts with thrown forms, usually cylinders, that he joins together and manipulates. He uses ash glazes on many of his forms and has learned to control them so their rivulets resemble trees and tree branches. Chris is a handbuilder who makes complex forms, often perforated, many of which appear to be based on the forms of diatoms. I've seen them at work several times and I can tell you their forms are not only difficult to design but even more difficult to execute. Many of their pieces sold at the exhibit, but you can contact them directly to inquire about any of the pieces that might not have sold or to ask about new work that might be in progress. Kenny's website is www.kennykicklighter.com and Chris's website is www.christopheredwards.net. Most of the pieces in the exhibit are included below. The first six images are of pieces by Kenny and Chris that are being offered in the main gallery.
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