Friday, May 24, 2013

Hui No‘eau Welcomes Internationally-Acclaimed Ceramic Artist Ken Matsuzaki

Hui No‘eau Visual Arts Center is proud to welcome world-renowned ceramicist Ken Matsuzaki to its 2013 Visiting Artist Program. 

Hui No‘eauʻs Visiting Artist Program features professional local, national and international visual artists teaching specialized sessions integrating lecture, slide demonstration, films, group critiques and panel discussions with hands-on workshops. Through short-term residencies, the program provides in-depth, repeated contact between artist and student that offers new perspectives and helps foster our standing as a place where the arts are vital and diverse. Sessions are designed to be interactive and to expose and educate students by broadening their understanding of the arts through interaction with professional artists from various cultural and artistic backgrounds.

Joining us from his current home in Mashiko, Japan, Matsuzaki is currently the president of the Mashiko Potters Association and has work featured among the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Worcester Museum of Art, and the Tikotin Museum in Israel. His work captures the essence of the pots from the Momoyama Period and Mingei, yet pushes boundaries to create a style that is distinctly his own, garnering a reputation as one of Japan’s greatest potters.

Hui No‘eau Senior Program Manager Anne-Marie Forsythe states, “we are always on the lookout for dynamic teaching artists that can bring a new flavor to our Maui community. We are so fortunate to have been put in touch with Ken Matsuzaki through our Hui ‘ohana, who is a well-known and respected international figure in the ceramics community, and look forward to the methods, conversations and connections made through his visiting artist residency.”

Hui No‘eau will offer a FREE Artist Presentation & Pot-luck with Matsuzaki on Friday, June 14 from 6-7pm in the ceramics studio and a 2-day Japanese Pottery Techniques workshop on June 15 & 16. For further details, please visit us online at or give us a call at (808) 572-6560.

For more information on Ken Matsuzaki, visit, where you will learn interesting tidbits about his process, (e.g. He fires his giant wood fired climbing kiln only twice a year, each firing lasting around a week, using up to three thousand bundles of wood and 30 bags of charcoal, with the kiln having to be watched and stoked continuously, 24 hours a day). COOL.

About Hui No`eau Visual Arts Center
The mission of Hui No`eau is to unlock creativity through exceptional visual arts education. Serving Maui residents and visitors for 79 years, the Hui is a 501(c)3 nonprofit, community based arts education organization providing a wide range of programs that support lifelong learning in the arts. These include public classes and visiting artist workshops, open studios, lectures, exhibitions, community art events, historical house tours and educational outreach programs with schools and community partner organizations. One of the last of its kind on Maui, the Hui is a nonprofit, non-degree granting, community arts education organization offering open access to quality arts instruction by teaching artists. Our programs and services are accessible to all, regardless of artistic aptitude or ability to pay tuition.

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