Empty Bowl Throw-A-Thon
This past Saturday, HPG hosted a Throw-A-Thon for Empty Bowl. The fund raiser will be in the spring of 2017, but we're already starting to make bowls for it. HPG does this every other year and this time Mark Kuhn will be heading it up. Some things will be different this year which will make it more interesting. Both schools and individuals that make at least 50 bowls (including trimming and glazing them) will be given a table where they can offer their bowls for sale. Think I might do that. I threw bowls for a little less than four hours. I'm not sure exactly how many bowls were made overall, but it was somewhere north of 300 from what I was told. Below are photos of most of the participants from Saturday and a video of Daven Hee throwing a bowl with a rice paddle.
Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce 38th Annual "Commitment to Excellence" Art Exhibition
The Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce has sponsored an art exhibition for almost four decades now and it has the reputation for being the best art exhibit in the state and the hardest to get into. Since the Hawaii Craftsmen exhibit is just around the corner, I decided to submit photographs to this show and ceramics to the Craftsmen show. I was going to submit four photos for consideration but I ended up submitting only three. I had gone to Pictures Plus to get frames for my photos so I could save a little money by doing the framing myself. It still ended up costing me $200 for four frames and mats, but that was about half as much as it would have cost to have them professionally framed. While I was framing one of the photos, my oldest daughter said to me, "Dad, do you think someone's really going to buy some photo of a homeless guy and hang it in their living room?" I had to admit it wasn't likely. I also noticed that one of the photos had two big smudges on it. I would have taken the photo back to Hawaii Pacific Photo to get cleaned up, but it was 2:30pm and I only had until 4pm to submit my stuff for the show. That's right, I didn't get around to framing my prints until the last minute, literally. I tried using water which was a big mistake since it made a noticeable spot on the photo. Now I know I should have used alcohol. Anyway, I couldn't use that photo so I submitted three pieces. I was pretty excited to get a call the next day informing me that two of my pieces had gotten into the show. The following photos are from the opening reception for the artists and their families. I took photos of all the ceramics in the show and some of the other pieces. As usual, the artists were more interesting than the art. The show will run through Thursday, August 18th, and is open from 1pm to 4pm Sunday, closed on Monday, and open from 10am to 4pm Tuesday through Thursday.
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