An outstanding selection of quality art and fine crafts awaits you at the Volcano Art Center Gallery, where the memento you choose will be as memorable as your visit to Kilauea. Click on an image for an enlarged view, and click on a category to see other examples of artwork in our gallery. These online selections represent only a fraction of the remarkable and beautiful work available. If you are looking for a special gift, don't hesitate to e-mail us or call us toll free at (866) 967-7565 or on island at (808) 967-7565 for assistance. We ship worldwide.
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With its location in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, no place embraces Eastern and Western influences quite so readily as Hawai'i. Perhaps more than any other art form, ceramics reflect and incorporate both East and West, mirroring the diverse make-up of the islands' peoples. Whether you favor dramatic sculptural work, are looking for a graceful shape to complement flower arrangements, or want a unique functional bowl or teapot, we have hand-built and wheel-thrown ceramic items for your taste. For example, ash provides the glaze on Clayton Amemiya's and Bill Downs' painstakingly wood-fired work while Ann Rathbun's vibrant porcelain items sport Hawaiian petroglyph figures.
Highly prized since Egyptian times, glass has long been a favorite of art collectors. The reds seen here reflect the colors of our active volcanic landscape. Some of Hawai'i's best glass artists have moved to the Big Island in recent years, entranced by Pele's fiery beauty as well as the cool upland mists of the Volcano region. Where else can workers in glass be inspired by the earth's natural furnace, in which molten rock is shaped every day into wild and wonderful shapes? The Volcano Art Center Gallery devotes an entire room to the stunning work of innovative artists like Michael & Misato Mortara, Daniel Moe, Marian Fieldson, Evan Jenkins, Hugh Jenkins and Stephanie Ross. You'll find dramatic sculptural pieces and delightful functional vases and platters made from handblown and fused glass.
Because of the absence of pottery clay in the Hawaiian islands, Hawaiians of old cherished gourds as containers of water, storage vessels, and percussion instruments. The Volcano Art Center Gallery has a selection of exceptional huewai pawehe and engraved and decorated gourds by Elroy Juan & Georgia Sartoris, Leopoldo Mares and Jelena Clay. Hawaiian kapa material was the finest in all of Polynesia, decorated with natural plant dyes, bamboo stamps, and watermarks. Frank McClure fashions kapa beaters in milo. Originally used for heiau rituals and hula kapu, pahu were crafted from the trunks of hollowed-out coconut trees and had shark-skin heads. Today, the pahu is used in religious ceremonies and provides the beat for the kahiko style of hula and chanting.
For women in Hawai'i, special occasions call for donning your best shell necklaces, stacking up several gold Hawaiian bracelets and rings, and ornamenting your hair with feathers or shell combs. For less formal occasions, a simple strand of glowing pearls, a petroglyph pin, or koa barrette compliments any outfit. From Ni'ihau shell lei to vintage bead necklaces to Hawaiian-style wedding bands, the Volcano Art Center Gallery has unique jewelry sure to please everyone. Whether you're buying a gift or treating yourself, our jewelers offer you a wide choice of pricing and design, utilizing materials from silver, gold, and pearls to beads, glass, and shell.
Hawai'i is truly a paradise for photographers. In fact, the Volcano Art Center was founded by photographer Boone Morrison, whose mentor Ansel Adams is famous for his images of National Parks and wild places. Our gallery photographers have literally camped out on lava, on beaches, and in the mountain forests, shooting roll upon roll of film, to capture the heart-stopping images we have on display. The incredible patience and risk involved to shoot lava flows and eruptions pays off in dramatic depictions of volcanic forces and the concurrent elements of destruction and creation. New land is formed as hot lava pours into the ocean; native plant seedlings struggle for life on bare fields of lava. G. Brad Lewis, Victoria McCormick, David Jordan, Leigh Hilbert, Jack Jeffrey, Bryan Lowry, Boone Morrison and Christina Heliker are only a few of the photographers we represent.
We boast a broad range of sculpture--from pahoehoe lava and sea turtles cast in feather-light paper, to figures carved from wood, to solid brass petroglyphs and creatures of Hawai'i. Our artists create one-of-a-kind pieces using wood, metal, feathers, and other natural materials in inspired and surprising ways that delight the eye and please the touch. A wide range of masks, from the stately to the whimsical, are always on display on our Gallery walls. Our sculpture is moderately sized to provide a focal point in any decor. Artists like Terry Taube, Frank Andrews, Joseph Boris Ster, Ira Ono, Perry Policicchio, John Ilnicki and Tom Pico draw from Hawai'i imagery and subject matter to create both lifelike and stylistic pieces.