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Big Island Ceramic Artist Listings

Listed in alphabetical order


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Amber Aguirre

Throughout history artists have functioned as social commentators. Aguirre uses human and anthropomorphic figures as the vehicle to explore the results of these prevalent emotions on society.   She references art, contemporary culture, religion, mythology and other forms of social determinism in non-traditional ways to engage her subjects in activities that confront the viewer with the results of the human condition.  Her art speaks of her feelings about war, racism, sexism and other forms of social injustice. 

Using her natural artistic gift, Amber hopes to be able to change the world “at least a little bit” through her sculptures.  Aguirre is represented by top galleries in the field of ceramics and her work is exhibited and collected internationally.

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Phone : (808) 937-3824


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Henry Bianchini

Henry Bianchini was born in 1935. Since settling in Hawaii in 1969, he has distinguished himself internationally as a sculptor, painter, printmaker, and craftsman. He has earned several Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts commissions, as well as numerous corporate commissions and awards. Henry works with a wide variety of materials, including bronze, stone, concrete, steel, ceramics, wood, clay, and paper in his own foundry, kiln and production studio. His experience includes creating and installing works that are part of overall building and landscape design (gates, walls, sculptural installations). Henry has a strong sense of Hawaiian culture and art and an affinity with early Hawaiian voyagers. He originally sailed to Hawaii from Southern California on his self-built trimaran, “Island Dancer” in August 1969. As he approached the Island of Hawaii, he viewed the eruption of Mauna Ulu from 200 miles at sea.  The experience left him with a unique sense of the dynamic and creative forces manifested in the Island of Hawaii, his home for more than 50 years.

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Claire Seastone Ceramics

Claire has been working with clay for 22 years making functional and sculptural work in porcelain and stoneware. She has taught and worked in various clay studios in Montana, Oregon, Italy, and Hawai`i. A deep love of the natural world is a major influence in her work. Her time spent outdoors serves as inspiration in her pieces, and she strives to convey in her work some of the subtle grace and vitality inherent in objects of the natural world.

Claire strives to to bring objects of beauty into the rituals of daily life to enrich people’s lives. Her current home in Kona, Hawai`i provides an endless supply of natural wonders to contemplate and enjoy.

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Stephen Freedman

Stephen Freedman’s abstract ceramic sculptures and vessels have been widely commissioned and exhibited both at international and national galleries. His abstract sculptures have been featured in over 100 exhibitions and reside in a multitude of public, private and museum collections including the Los Angeles Country Museum of Art, West Australian Museum of Art, The Getty Museum, Westin Hotels and Art Institute of Boston.

Meet Stephen and visit his tropical sculpture garden located south of Hilo in the Puna district.  By appointment only.

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Tim Freeman

Evoking the volcano landscape, my pit-fired ceramic Volcano Vessels are inspired by the experience of living in close proximity to a most extraordinary place—the summit of Kīlauea on the Big Island of Hawai`i.

I have often felt like there is something ancient about these vessels. Throughout the process of making the form and burnishing the clay I have often felt like my hands are in touch with the deepest antiquity. The pit-firing process is the most ancient way of firing ceramics. 

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Kate and Will Jacobson

Kate and Will Jacobson have been collaborating artists for thirty-eight years. They are widely recognized as the originators of Naked Raku. This firing technique reveals the unadorned, earthly beauty of clay.  Another innovative method the Jacobson's are known for is Mica Infusion; using colored mica and terra sigilatta to achieve a shimmering luster surface. Their exquisite ceramic work has been exhibited throughout the world, won numerous awards and is included in many corporate, private and public collections.

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Phone : 808-987-9196


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Zoe Johnson - Porcelain Ocean

Zoë's work is expressive, organic, at times highly detailed or elegantly simple. Her work has been described as "...a sublime representation of living in a sea of inner journeys" which captures the essence of it quite well. Her home decor pieces occupy the space between functional and decorative, they are often used as physical representations of memory or gratitude, evoking a moment in time, a fleeting sea breeze, the salty reminiscence of a day at the beach.  Zoë exhibits her work island-wide, and offers a variety of classes and workshops throughout the year. 

Her studio is located in Kamuela, Hawaii, the headquarters of Parker Ranch on the Big Island of Hawaii, and is open year-round for tours. Contact Zoe to plan your visit! 

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Matthew Lovein

Lovein is an accomplished artist, creating sculptures of clay, glass, metal or combinations of those elements. His ceramic forms, which are original, yet, classical looking, often have an Oriental flavor. Matthew’s signature piece, called the Wish Keeper is his original design and concept which first began in 1992 and originated from a vision in a dream. Making other shapes and sizes of Wish Keepers developed into various sculptures and other mediums.  The artist’s dreams continue and his art takes on new forms with world class works such as Suspended Lid, Haiku, Six Foot Eight, Myphoria, and The Oracle, to mention a few. His expansive studio is equipped with kilns for firing glass and ceramics and a metal working shop.

Matthew and his wife Mary show their art along with a select group of artists at their Holualoa Gallery.

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Phone: (808) 322-8484 - Address: 76-5921 Mamalahoa Hwy 180, Holualoa HI 96725


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Ira Ono

Award winning Hawaii artist Ira Ono has been a celebrated creative force in the arts for over 40 years. Inspired by the Hawaiian rain forest, his ceramic masks reveal an elegant restraint and Ira's unique style derived from a rich mythical past. Many of the pieces include discoveries from Hawaii's beaches, reclaimed and made sacred again. Collectors often hang the masks outdoors where they eventually merge with their surroundings, becoming home to insects, ferns, mosses and more. Fashioned from hand built clay, Ira's pit-fired masks are adorned with natural fibers and beads.

His studio and Gallery our house from Hawaii volcanoes national Park. Thousands of guests from all over the world and seekers of fine arts and Hawaiian crafts visit yearly.

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Address: 19-3834 Old Volcano Road Volcano, Hawaii 96785


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Suzanne Wang

Having studied ceramics in both Japan and the United States, Wang's work is strongly influenced by the East Asian aesthetic and the beauty of imperfection. Creating timeless work that goes beyond just functional ware, her work merges old and new, or folk art sensibilities with the contemporary.

Visit her private showroom located north of Hilo by appointment.

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