I will have a small selection of new work for this exhibition. Libation will showcase the contemporary perspectives of 21 ceramic artists, both local and invited. Their interpretation of libation, liquid possibilities, will range from a practical to theoretical. This exhibition will focus on the intimate interaction of artist with clay in the context of function.
Okay I forgot to post this on my website, because well…I’m pretty lazy about keeping my website updated. But for those of you that happen to be reading this, last weekend was our town’s first official “Hakalau Open Studios” Holiday Sale, and featured six artists in three different houses in my little neighborhood. Pictured here is my showroom (I converted my living room into a place to store and showcase my pottery). I was amazed at all the people that showed up, and really touched by all the neighbors old and new that came to visit. People came from different parts of the island, some driving almost two hours by car. Living in the country can be somewhat isolating; we’re all doing our own thing and it’s nice to connect with your community on a regular basis. We had so much fun that I hope to do Hakalau Open Studios twice a year now - one in November and another one in May. Many thanks to all the folks who came to support local, handmade work!
Come see me for the biggest First Friday event in Hilo - Black & White Night! For more info on Makers Market see link at the bottom.
This October I will be teaching a 2-day workshop at the Donkey Mill Art Center in Holualoa, which is on the Kona side of Big Island. I'm really excited about sharing some techniques that I've learned and hope some of you can attend this workshop, or share with people whom you think might be interested!
CERAMICS: FORMS WITH MOLDS AND PATTERNS WITH SUZANNE WANG
Title: Ceramics: Forms with Molds and Patterns with Suzanne Wang
Instructor: Suzanne Wang
Schedule: Saturday - Sunday, October 6 - 7, from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Level/Prerequisite: All Levels (teens 14+ welcome!)
Tuition/Admission: $220 Member / $275 Non-Member
Supply Fee: $60
Expand your vocabulary of forms using styrofoam molds and patterns with Big Island ceramicist, Suzanne Wang. Suzanne will demonstrate slab plates and dishes using drape styrofoam molds and fabrics. The use of patterns will be demonstrated with a handbuilt slab vessel. Finished examples will be shown. The importance of proper handbuilding technique and repetition will be emphasized to result in a series of quality pieces which looks and feels consistent. Important factors such as air bubble/warpage prevention and structural integrity in joining will be addressed. We will also explore surface treatments, including the use of slips and textured fabrics.
Students will be given styrofoam blocks and taught how to create their own mold forms which they can keep for future use. Depending on their level of experience, students can choose to make a plate, serving dish, or slab vessel made from their mold or designed pattern. The second day will be spent continuing on students’ work and finishing pieces. Final pieces will be fired and glazed after the workshop ends.
Supply fee includes:
½ bag Cone 6 White or Red Clay
Bisque & Glaze Firing
Use of all community tools, glazes and underglazes
Students should bring:
Pencil and sharpie marker
Utility knife (box-cutter style, retractable with snap off blade)
If available, thin scrap fabrics no smaller than 16” X 16”. Fabrics can be netting, textured fabrics or hemp, as long as it is stretchable and thin. Large pieces of fabric are desirable, and can be cut down to size.
If available, personal rasps or surform/sanding tools
Personal clay tools (sponges, fettling knife, scrapers, needle tool, trimming tools)
Apron and/or clothes to get dirty in
Minimum Enrollment: 5
Maximum Enrollment: 12
I will have a booth at the upcoming Hilo Orchid Show, so if you're in town please come and visit your local orchid growers and artisans! I have a bunch of new work just hot out of the kiln that I'm excited to show! We've all been affected by the lava, either directly by living in areas inundated by it and cut off from road access, or via bad air quality or a drop in sales due to the decrease in tourism. Community support will be much appreciated; please forward this to anyone who might be interested in plants or ceramics.
Opening December 1st, Hilo's East Hawaii Cultural Center is having its first Annual Big Island Clay Exhibition. I'm so excited to participate in this group show with over twenty other ceramic artists! It will be the first time EHCC will be featuring a ceramics-only exhibition featuring Big Island artists. It is a great opportunity to experience the wide range of styles on this island. Along with my work in the exhibition, I will be selling at the pottery market happening upstairs on both days. My table will be in one of the corner rooms next to the lanai. There will be some new soda fired work, along with some Oribe ware that was made in Japan. Come visit and enjoy the festivities on First Friday and Saturday, and also celebrate EHCC's 50th Anniversary with lots of music and events happening on both days!
To read more about EHCC: https://www.ehcc.org/
This past summer I had a podcast interview with Ash Thorp about my experience studying pottery in Japan. My bad for waiting so long to put this up. It's a long one...hope some of you enjoy my babble.
"Ceramic artist Suzanne Wang joins us this week to tell us all about her year-long apprenticeship under a master artist in Japan. After giving her craft full focus and dedication, she now has time to share how her journey went, what she learned along the way, and where she plans to take the lessons learned moving forward."
One of my Birth series Oribe ceramic vessels will be for sale in this exhibition, which runs through September. Featuring ceramics, glass, mixed media, metal sculpture, textiles, jewelry, woodworking and 2D art. Come support Big Island artists in this beautiful space!
For more information and translation in Japanese, please read below.
During my one year of pottery study under Ken Matsuzaki, he had a profound influence on my work. I began to understand on a deeper level the importance of the materials, which I was able to learn about in all its various stages. His masterful creativity, work process and approach towards presentation helped strengthened my discipline and focus. During my last few months in Japan, I was given the generous opportunity to create a collection of Oribe ware, using his clays, glazes and firing methods. Also included are some pieces which were fired in his noborigama kiln. Characteristics of the Hawai‘i landscape emerged as I tried to capture the playful spirit of Oribe ware’s shapes and glazes. Our two island cultures have a strong affinity. Learning about Japanese pottery in Mashiko, and my teacher's way of life as a potter, has been a life-changing experience, for which I am deeply grateful.
Many thanks to Ken Matsuzaki and Mashiko Pottery International Association, for making this experience possible.
Since July of 2016, I have been studying under master potter Ken Matsuzaki. I wanted to go deeper into the craft, and was fortunate enough to find an incredible teacher that would take me on as a student. My journey is coming to a close next month. Before leaving for Japan and during my second month in Mashiko, director Brett Wagner filmed my experience for Hawaiian Airlines, and this 11 minute documentary aired on their in-flight programming. They like to feature stories about lifestyle, culture or art that connects Hawai‘i to other countries. I am deeply grateful for the experience given to me, and will carry a bit of Japan in my heart when I return home.
Click on the video below to watch!
My first sale at GPS (Good Pots Studio) in Holualoa! I do all my soda firing at the residence of Suzanne Merner's, where she has a lovely pottery facility and artist residence that was created about a couple years ago. She also has a small coffee farm on her property, so fresh brew and beans will be available at the event. Holualoa is a beautiful little village up the mountain from Kona, with spectacular ocean views. It has an ideal climate for coffee growing, and is home to dozens of artists and creative types.
My new work will be at the upcoming Volcano Pottery Sale. Come visit me and have a pottery day! Lots of great Big Island artists to meet and greet too...