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Soaring Voices: Recent Ceramics by Women from Japan
October 21 - January 6
Opening Reception on Saturday, October 20

Etsuko Tashima, Cornucopia 04-Y’IV, 2004, Stoneware and glass (left)
Yasuko Sakurai, White Flower, 2000, Porcelain (right)

This international traveling museum exhibition presents the rich and innovative ceramic culture of Japan through the exquisite works of 25 female artists. Four generations of award-winning artists, working in both sculptural and traditional forms, demonstrate the superb creativity of women in a field generally governed by men.

Participating Artists

  • Ikuko Ando
  • Masuko Emi
  • Sachiko Fujino
  • Fuku Fukumoto
  • Kakun Hayashi
  • Kyoko Hori
  • Nanako Kaji
  • Chieko Katsumata
  • Eiko Kishi
  • Junko Kitamura
  • Shoko Koike
  • Kiyoko Koyama
  • Atsuko Kubota
  • Yuriko Matsuda
  • Kimiyo Mishima
  • Yuki Nakaigawa
  • Yasuko Sakurai
  • Mariko Shibata
  • Ayumi Shigematsu
  • Sachiko Shimizu
  • Etsuko Tashima
  • Kyoko Tokumaru
  • Asuka Tsuboi

We honor these pioneering women who have passed on:

  • Takako Araki
  • Kyo Tsuji

Mahalo to Co-curators

  • Hiroko Miura
  • Maya Nishi

Discover works that demonstrate a range of methods, materials and motifs, many inspired from the natural world, ancient literature and Noh traditions, and some charming ceramic surprises. The curators hope that these eloquent works of Japan’s outstanding women artists will move viewers with a Japanese beauty and serenity whose existence seems to have been forgotten in this age of technology and globalization.

Soaring Voices was developed by The Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park, Shiga Prefecture, and hus-10, Inc., Tokyo, Japan and organized for tour by International Arts & Artists,Washington, DC. It is supported in part by the S&R Foundation, Hawai‘i Tourism Authority, County of Maui - Office of Economic Development, The Fairmont Kea Lani, Old Lāhaina Lū‘au and SpeediShuttle with additional support from University of Hawai‘i Maui College.

Soaring Voices is accompanied by an exhibition catalogue produced by the Museum of Contemporary Ceramic Art at the Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park, Shiga Prefecture, Japan. It features full-color photographs of the ceramics and individual essays by the artists who tell their own stories and explain their diverse techniques, mediums and influences.. The catalogue also includes a substantial essay section written by Louise Cort of the Smithsonian’s Arthur M. Sackler Gallery and other highly recognized curators who explain the evolution of women’s roles in ceramic making in Japan and why an exhibition of this nature takes place at this time.


Jurors’ Choice Award Winner : Allyn Bromley and “Richard”

( L-R ) Allyn Bromley, Jack Gray and Carolyn Schaefer Gray at the 2015 Schaefer Portrait Challenge opening reception and award ceremony, with the winning portrait:   Richard, screen print & drawing,  63" x 43.5." Ms. Bromley is a resident of O‘ahu and a retired professor from University of Hawai‘i at Manoa.  Photo:  Jose R. Morales

Schaefer Portrait Challenge 2015 features 66 portraits of the people of Hawai‘i by 64 artists, determined by a statewide juried competition. The  exhibit will be open  January 13 through March 22, Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am – 5 pm in Schaefer International Gallery at The MACC. Admission is free! 

Visitors to the gallery through March 8 are encouraged to vote for their own favorite piece in the exhibit. The winner of this “People’s Choice Award” will be announced at a reception on Sunday, March 14.


Artists participating in the 2015 Schaefer Portrait Challenge :
Ilana Moidel Acevedo, Rose Adare, Taryn Alessandro, Anita Bisquera, Nitya Brighenti, Tobias Brill, Allyn Bromley, Heather Burton, Chris Campbell, Mike Carroll, Christine Chouinard, Jacqueline Moore Chun Peter Shepard Cole, Ingrid Frégeau, Sally French, Lynne Garzino, Roberta Griffith, Snowden Hodges, Dennis Holzer, Kathleen Kastles, Verdine Kong, Kirk Kurokawa, Paul Lacio, Chenta Laury, Gini Lawson, Max Lemaire, Lynn Weiler Liverton, Robert Lober, Jody M. Lovins, Deb Lynch, Charlie Lyon, Mark Maresca, Pat Masumoto, Albert Matichev, Richard T. Maxwell, William Patrick McKnight, Casey McLain, Jacob Arthur Medina, Mark Feijão Milligan II, Gerald Murai, Mydock, Penny Nichols, Joseph Okonek, Darrell Orwig, Colin Ota, Valentino Quijano, Noble Richardson, Hans Riecke, Robena, Karin Rohr, Amanda Carey Scott, Roger B. Stephens, Jean Stromberg, Robert Suzuki, Jimmy Tablante, Barbara Tacyshyn-Roth, Michael Takemoto, David William Terry, Tom Z. G. Tong, Christine Turnbull, Albert Weight, Atsumi Yamamoto, Paul F. Yount, William Zwick

Jurors for the 2015 Challenge: Esther Shimazu (O‘ahu), Keith Tallett (Hawai‘i Island), and Sidney Yee (Maui).

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May 17 - July 18
Opening Reception May 16



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