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Serious Ceramic Success!

Congratulations to student Eric Oku who exhibited his work at the Louis Pohl Gallery on Nov. 3, and then sold all eight pieces!

Posted on November 17, 2017 by Scot Allen

Congratulations to student Eric Oku who exhibited his work at the Louis Pohl Gallery on November 3, and then sold all eight pieces!

The title of the show was "The Hot Kiln." Mid-Pacific teacher Daven Hee invited 22 local artists from the University of Hawaii, The Museum of Art School and the Hawaii Potter's Guild, to participate in the show. Hee said that he doesn't usually ask high school students to exhibit their work, but "Eric's work is exceptional." According to Hee, Eric is the first student-artist to sell all of his pieces in one night.

Eric, who is interested in pursuing ceramics as a major in college, also owns his own potter's wheel and recently purchased a kiln as well!

Over the summer Hee asked Eric help teacher Jon Vongvichai, himself a 2000 Mid-Pacific graduate, with a ceramics class. Eric assisted in helping students with basic forming techniques on the wheel and with glazing their finished work.

Eric took classes at the Hawaii Potter's Guild during the summer. "A few of the members there told me how helpful Eric was in assisting the class," Hee said. "Because of this I asked Eric to teach a workshop for beginners on the potter's wheel. Eric taught it on November 5. He did a wonderful job and all of the participants thanked him for his hard work."