Lee Oululani Plevney
My artistic practice engages the Hawaiian Islands—its landscape, sea life, animals and people—as I explore my heritage and deep connection to my ohana, my family, through clay. I seek to reflect the beauty and mystery of the ocean and sea life surrounding Maui and the open spirit of aloha permeating the culture.
I begin by throwing porcelain and white stoneware to create a vessel. I move to hand-building which informs the shape and story of the piece transforming it into its final form as a bowl, vase or platter. I develop my own glazes to capture the rich blues and greens of the island then fire two or three time to build depth and complexity. When complete, each piece “talks story” about the Hawaiian world I experience.
I call Maui my home but I started out in San Francisco where my mother, an indigenous Hawaiian, moved before I was born. She infused me, and my eight brothers and sisters, with her artistic style which I first expressed in my skill as a finish carpenter. My transition to ceramics began in 2007 when I immersed myself in studies under Richard McCoy, Jim Valentine, Jeff Vick, David Camden, Tom Coleman, Robert Briscoe and Steven Hill. I continue to learn everyday in my studio as I stretch the boundaries of what clay can do to capture the beauty of Maui.