ARABELLA ARK , WWW.ARKCERAMICS.NET
My ceramic pieces are recent reflections on communion and connection, those moments of offering, of opening oneself to the universe. In my search for a way to symbolize the soul’s journey beyond time and space, I create mystical temples and tea houses. Evocative of Japanese architecture, these vessels also act as a metaphor for the empty space inside, the center of longing and communion, much as a cathedral acts as a vessel for transmittal of prayer. The temple is, perhaps, a physical expression of the longing to touch the infinite, to meet the divine.
As a dreamer, many of my forms are pillow-like, often embellished with thresholds to signify entering into the dream state. Thresholds, steps, windows amplify the willingness to enter--through a door, a passage, even a broken gate--uncharted territory. I think that dreams and art shift perception, express ineffable moods and offer the soul a healing balm.
Living in Hawai’i, I celebrate elements of the culture. My “Upena Series” honors the tradition of throw-net fishing.
As a ceramic artist, I have distinguished myself in the art world by my large-scale, architectural ceramic forms, lending them a feeling of mystery and antiquity. I am a self-taught in clay, creating in my studio in Hawaii for forty-two years.
Research residencies at Rufford Ceramic Centre, UK
Ceramics Instructor at Honolulu Museum
President Hawaii Craftsmen
Vice President Hana Arts
Member Craft Potter Association, UK
Member Pacific Handcrafters Guild
Member Maui Craft Guild
Biennial Artist in 1995 for the Contemporary Museum in Honolulu 1995
Alfred Preis Memorial Award for Achievement in the Arts
1989 Invited Artist for the Artists of Hawaii, Honolulu Academy of Arts
Work in permanent collections:
Yixing Ceramics Museum, China
Gold Coast Museum, Australia
Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian Museum, USA
Campbell Soup Museum, USA
Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and Arts
City and County of Honolulu
First Hawaiian Bank
Poipu Hyatt Hotel
Hawaii State Convention Center
Hawaii School for Deaf and Blind
PO BOX 667
HANA, HI 96713
TEL. 808 248 4890