Dr. Drew's Infrequent Blog

08 June 2008

Exhibit: Daven Hee @ TCM

I just wanted to spread the word about an exhibit of works by one of Hawaii's best ceramic artists, Daven Hee, @ The Contemporary Museum at First Hawaiian Center (999 Bishop Street, Honolulu, Hawaii 96813) [Directions/ Map]

The exhibit "Thrown: Ceramics by Daven Hee" and will be on display until 16 September. I haven't seen the exhibit yet, but am looking forward to it. Daven's work always exudes his playful enjoyment of life. You can see how he enjoys working with clay as a medium. I would not normally be so excited about that approach, but he is a real artist. (My favorite pieces still are his wood-fired rice bowls, but it is fun to see the range of his entire work).

In terms of background, Daven is from Hawai'i, but early on was recognized by Toshiko Takaezu and others. They encouraged by to find his own direction, and helped him study outside Hawai'i. He has a Master's in Ceramic Arts from the Australian National University. He used to teach at UH Manoa, but has since been recruited by the Mid-Pacific Institute.

The photo above is from this year's Raku Ho‘olaule‘a [more photos at the Hawaii Ceramic Arts group on flickr].

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