• Hau‘oli Lā Ho‘omaika‘i

    Hau‘oli Lā Ho‘omaika‘i

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and thank you for all your support this year.  I've loved meeting every single one of you who've stopped by my booth at festivals around Maui.  And I am delighted if we've only met through my work touching you in one of the galleries that represent me on this beautiful island.  Thank you for taking a piece of my heart home with you.  (Photo credit: Maui Hands)

  • Final Days for Hawai'i National Parks 2016 Centennial Juried Exhibition

    Final Days for Hawai'i National Parks 2016 Centennial Juried Exhibition

    Breathing Holes for the Earth's Soul

    If Haleakalā is believed to be wao akua, the wilderness of the gods, how might we find their presence within it? Does Haleakalā’s heart still beat deep below the surface, pulsating magma building pressure within its chamber? I imagine finding the tube through which it erupts and feel the hot breath of Pele rush out before the lava flows. Then, a long slow inhale as the lava subsides. It is the breathing hole for the earth’s soul. These are my lava tubes.

    I begin by throwing stoneware to create a vessel. I shape the ridges that might twist and form as the lava cools. I mix my own glazes and time the heat to build and cool within my kiln, exploding air pockets within the glaze to evoke the breath of Pele.

    I live each day within the shadow of Haleakalā. The lava tubes I create signify that I, and my ohana, remain connected to the soul of this island. We walk the hills and valleys of Haleakalā. We did one hundred years ago and will one hundred years from now.

    Show Jurors:  James Jensen (Curator of Contemporary Art, Honolulu Museum of Art) and Nalani Kanak'ole (Kuma hula, cultural consultant and artist)

    Gallery:  Schaefer International Gallery at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center

    Exhibition Dates: It closes on November 6, 2016, so please visit this week.

  • Happy Birthday

    Happy Birthday

    A child's first birthday in Hawai'i is considered major milestone.  Brielynn celebrated hers in style with centerpieces of pearls supported by my seashell bowls.  Thank you, Roxie for your creativity, and "Happy Birthday, Brielynn!"

  • Breathing Holes for the Earth's Soul

    Breathing Holes for the Earth's Soul

    Celebrating Hawai'i National Parks Centennial with a juried exhibit at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center (MACC) from August 30 - November 6, 2016. The MACC is located at One Cameron Way off Wahinepi‘o Road on Maui.

    Here is what inspired my entry:

    If Haleakalā is believed to be wao akua, the wilderness of the gods, how might we find their presence within it? Does Haleakalā’s heart still beat deep below the surface, pulsating magma building pressure within its chamber? I imagine finding the tube through which it erupts and feel the hot breath of Pele rush out before the lava flows. Then, a long slow inhale as the lava subsides. It is the breathing hole for the earth’s soul. These are my lava tubes.

    I live each day within the shadow of Haleakalā. The lava tubes I create signify that I, and my ohana, remain connected to the soul of this island. We walk the hills and valleys of Haleakalā. We did one hundred years ago and will one hundred years from now.

  • Sneak Preview

    Sneak Preview

    One more sneak preview of my new line of original Hawaiian lamps.  I will start showing them on Maui in September.

  • It's Not a Vase

    It's Not a Vase

    I'm working on a new idea which begins with this form.  It might look like a vase, but it's not.  Keep an eye out for what it becomes.

  • Surf's Up!

    Surf's Up!

    When I need a break from working in my studio, the beach is always there serving up the fun.