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>>Best Local Ceramics

3565 Kalihi St. | 845-8129 | chozen-ji.org

Photo: michael keany

When you think of where to go to buy ceramics, a dojo isn’t the first place to come to mind. The DAIHONZAN CHOZEN-JI ZEN DOJO in Kalihi Valley, however, opens its doors to the public every November for an art show featuring ceramics handmade by members of the dojo. Fine arts is one of three main facets of Zen training at the dojo. Members create pieces in the Eastern way, where the pottery wheel spins clockwise, allowing the artist’s right hand to give the piece a rustic, wabi sabi look. More important, says ceramist Clyde Nitta, “members training in ceramics always strive to create each piece without ego.” Prices range from $50 to $10,000, depending on who made them and how (wood-fired-kiln pieces are more than electric-kiln-fired pieces).



>>Best Design-Minded Reads

691 Auahi St. | interislandterminal.org/rd

R&D social media coordinator Joanne Magday can help you find the perfect book, whether you’re interested in art, design or architecture.

Photo: David Croxford

R&D recently reopened a remodeled space with its “bookstore” area taking up residence front and center. A project space idea by local non-profit arts organization Interisland Terminal, R&D opened its doors in 2011 as a home base for Hawai‘i’s creative community. R&D carries a well-edited collection of about 100 titles in the categories of art, architecture, design, fashion, film and food. Find books such as Modernist Cuisine at Home for the foodies, Roman and Williams Buildings and Interiors: Things We Made for design lovers and Viktor & Rolf Fairy Tales for the fashion forward. All of the books are selected by the Interisland Terminal team, which studio new releases and research titles that complement the Interisland Terminal mission statement: “Presenting international contemporary art, design and film; advancing the role of the arts in innovation.”