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Master Pottery Techniques from Mashiko

Master Pottery Techniques from Mashiko

~With Ken Matsuzaki

Event Type: Workshop

Tuition: $270

Level: Intermediate - Advance

3 day workshop, Friday-Sunday
$270/$320 Non-Member
Hand building and wheel throwing workshop with Master Potter Ken Matsuzaki from Mashiko, Japan. In this three-day workshop, Matsuzaki will share with us his vast experience and knowledge of the ceramic arts while demonstrating his innovative style and methods of constructing his forms. Don't miss this rare opportunity to learn from this special guest teacher.

The Smart Artist

The Smart Artist

~With Amber Aguirre

Event Type: Workshop

Tuition: $45

Level: Open to All Levels

Tuition: $45/$65 Non-Member

This spring, join Artist Amber Aguirre for a class on essential business skills for artists. Learn how to enter juried shows and keep good records on your artwork. Using free online software, students will learn to edit photos and present their best to juried exhibitions. They will also learn how to be more organized and keep track of their work using spreadsheets to track galleries, sales and important information.

Amber Aguirre has been working in ceramics for the past 45 years, with work exhibited and collected internationally. She holds Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Southern California, a Masters Degree in Art Education from San Francisco State University and California teaching credential. After moving to Hawaii in 2001 she began to pursue a career as a gallery artist. Shortly after, she was offered representation by one of the leading ceramic galleries in the nation. Since then she has exhibited her work all over the U.S. as well as internationally. Her art speaks of her feelings about war, racism, and other forms of social injustice.

* Students should bring a laptop and digital images of their work, and download FREE Pixlr Desktop photo editing software onto their computers BEFORE they come to the workshop. It is simple to do and the free software can be found at www.pixlr.com, near the bottom of the page.

 Artist Talk

Artist Talk

~With Robbie Lobell

Event Type: Presentation

Cost: Free!

Free - please bring a dish to share

The Donkey Mill is happy to welcome Robbie Lobell, co-founder and co-owner of Cook on Clay. She is a full-time studio potter, innovator, and pottery teacher living and working on Whidbey Island in Northwest Washington. She has been working in clay for more than 30 years. Robbie has developed a line of flameproof cookware and soda-fired dinnerware that is carried in galleries and gourmet food shops. She is passionate about handmade objects in everyday life, believing that design for utility, rugged elegance, and beauty brings meaning to each day.

Floral Arrangement: Wreaths and Tabletop Arrangements

Floral Arrangement: Wreaths and Tabletop Arrangements

~With Scott Seymour

Event Type: Workshop

Tuition: $45

Level: Beginners

Saturday Class
Tuition: $45/$65 Non-Member

The holiday spirit be upon us. Compose a Christmas wreath for your hearth or the front door or perhaps, the base of an eggnog bowl. Think in colors and flowers of Christmas--think Greens, think whites, think evergreens. We will supply filler, wreath form and greening pins.

Alternately, you may create a floral arrangement for either your sideboard, buffet, tabletop or dining table. Think In shades of winter. Bring your own flowers and your container of choice with any colors you might like to use in the way of foliage. We will supply filler and oasis floral foam, as well as direction.

Come play at the Donkey Mill and share some Christmas Spirit!

Floral Arrangement: Wreaths and Tabletop Arrangements

Floral Arrangement: Wreaths and Tabletop Arrangements

~With Scott Seymour

Event Type: Workshop

Tuition: $45

Level: Beginners

Wednesday Class - Just added!!!
Tuition: $45/$65 Non-Member

The holiday spirit be upon us. Compose a Christmas wreath for your hearth or the front door or perhaps, the base of an eggnog bowl. Think in colors and flowers of Christmas--think Greens, think whites, think evergreens. We will supply filler, wreath form and greening pins.

Alternately, you may create a floral arrangement for either your sideboard, buffet, tabletop or dining table. Think In shades of winter. Bring your own flowers and your container of choice with any colors you might like to use in the way of foliage. We will supply filler and oasis floral foam, as well as direction.

Come play at the Donkey Mill and share some Christmas Spirit!

Lava Textured Bowls for Beginners

Lava Textured Bowls for Beginners

~With Carol Zee

Event Type: Workshop

Tuition: $50

Level: Open to All Levels

Tuesday, May 12 from 12:30-3:30 pm
Members: $50/ Non-Members: $60
Supply Fee: $15

In this one day workshop, artist Carol Zee will guide you through the process of hand building bowls using a hump mold and adding texture to the outside surface with a lava rock. Your stoneware bowl will be fired and glazed at the Donkey Mill and will be ready to be picked up within two weeks after the workshop. Your bowl will be food safe and suitable for many uses. This workshop is suitable for all levels of experience including people with no prior clay experience.


Lava Textured Bowls for Beginners

Lava Textured Bowls for Beginners

~With Carol Zee

Event Type: Workshop

Tuition: $50

Level: Open to All Levels

Wednesday, November 18 11:00 am-3:00 pm
Members: $50/ Non-Members: $60
Supply Fee: $15

In this one day workshop, artist Carol Zee will guide you through the process of hand building bowls using a hump mold and adding texture to the outside surface with a lava rock. Your stoneware bowl will be fired and glazed at the Donkey Mill and will be ready to be picked up within two weeks after the workshop. Your bowl will be food safe and suitable for many uses. This workshop is suitable for all levels of experience including people with no prior clay experience.


Coffee Klatch and Candle Making

Coffee Klatch and Candle Making

~With Braylene Jones

Event Type: Workshop

Tuition: $15

Level: Open to All Levels

Saturday, November 14 from 9am - 11am
A social gathering for conversation, coffee drinking and candle making, using natural beeswax and soy wax.
*Includes supply. Please call to register (808) 322-3362.

The Long Journey Home

The Long Journey Home

~With Walter "Trippy" Dods

Event Type: Presentation

Cost: Free!

Celebrating Kona Coffee History
Artist Talk and Aloha Style Potluck with filmmaker Walter "Trippy" Dods
and special guest Hiroki Morinoue and Norman Sakata
Thursday, November 12 from 6 - 8pm

As part of the 45th Annual Kona Coffee Cultural Festival, DMAC is proud to host filmmaker Walter Dods as he speaks about his first full length film documentary, The Long Journey Home. This film follows the first three generations of Japanese in Kona, from the hardship of creating new coffee farms, to the discrimination they experienced during World War II. It also reveals the many triumphs the community has enjoyed, including Kona coffee's being declared a gourmet item. The story culminates with Ellison Onizuka, the world's first Asian in space who came from the coffee land in Keopu.

The Japanese Issei came to work as indentured servants in the Hawaiian Kingdom's sugar plantations. Many were horrified by the living conditions and physical abuse they suffered at the hands of the Lunas (overseers on horseback). While most Issei completed their three-year contracts, there were those who broke the rules and ran away from the plantations under the cover of darkness. Following a primitive set of directions, these runaways made their way to Kona, changed their names to hide out from the law, and went on to help pioneer the Kona coffee industry.

The Long Journey Home depicts the fighting spirit of the Japanese community in Kona and how they were able to go from indentured servitude to outer-space in just three generations. Dods stressed the film would not be possible without the help of so many Big Island residents, who "define the word aloha" and whose "overflowing generosity" gives him chicken skin. Some of the characters featured in the film include West Hawaii residents Norman Sakata, Claude Onizuka, Arthur Murata, Mitsugi Inaba, Sunao Kadooka and Hiroki Morinoue.

A Week of Activities

A Week of Activities

~With Kona Coffee Cultural Festival

Event Type: Presentation

Cost: Free!

The Donkey Mill Art Center (DMAC) welcomes the
45th Annual Kona Coffee Cultural Festival - "Sunshine in Your Cup"
Festival Dates: November 6-15, 2015

Stop by during festival week for complimentary coffee. Marvel at local coffee themed artwork in the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival Exhibit and peruse coffee merchandise in our gift shop.

Gift Shop - Open Tuesday - Saturday, 10am - 4pm
Complimentary coffee tasting, burlap bunting flags and totes, exfoliating coffee body scrub, natural coffee soaps, natural beeswax candles, local organic honey, lauhala wares and more.

Kona Coffee Cultural Festival Exhibit
Exhibit dates: November 6 - December 9, 2015
Submission of work: Oct 31 from 10am - 2pm
Express your love of coffee, create something from the coffee plant or tell a story about coffee cultural heritage through art. Reception, awards and prizes to follow. Contact donkeymill@gmail.com for info.

Lauhala Bracelets with Nanette Bell
Tuesday November 10 from 1-am - 2pm
Free activity - $8 per bracelet kit: 2 color or embellished "pahu" or "drum" bracelet designs
Made possible through the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival

Art Reception, Awards and Print Signing with Artist Jing Jing Song
Friday, November 6th, 2015 from 6-8 pm
Celebrate the arts and enjoy a potluck dinner -- Kona Brewing Company will be serving their Pipeline Porter, made with 100% Kona coffee. Winner of the Kona Coffee Art contest will be announced and prizes awarded. Critically acclaimed artist and Kona resident Jing Jing Tsong will be signing prints of Kona Coffee Cultural Festival's 45th Anniversary commemorative artwork. Free event, please bring a dish to share

Ed Kaneko Weavers Group
Weds - Sat, November 11 - 14th from 11am - 3pm
Demonstrations by local weavers group, illustrating the historical connection between coffee and lauhala weaving. Free demonstration.

Artist Talk and Aloha Style Potluck with filmmaker Walter "Trippy" Dods
with Hiroki Morinoue and Norman Sakata
Thursday, November 12 from 6 - 8pm
As part of the 45th Annual Kona Coffee Cultural Festival, DMAC is proud to host filmmaker Walter Dods as he speaks about his first full length film documentary, The Long Journey Home. Free event, please bring a dish to share.

Coffee Klatch and Candle Making
Saturday, November 14 from 9am - 11am
A social gathering for conversation, coffee drinking and candle making, using natural, local beeswax. $15 includes supply. Please call to register (808) 322-3362.