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Get unique, island-inspired pieces from Aloha Ceramics at the Made in Hawaii Festival

Local ceramic shop makes handmade, hand-painted designs

Sponsored by Made in Hawaii Festival presented by First Hawaiian Bank

Some of the most delicate and beautiful ceramic designs will be on display at the Made in Hawaii Festival from August 16 – 18 at the Neal S. Blaisdell Exhibition Hall and Arena. HI Now host Jobeth Devera is with Mary Mosley, owner of Aloha Ceramics, to get a look at some of her hand crafted collectibles she plans to feature.

Aloha Ceramics is a locally owned ceramic shop that’s been open since 1980. Each piece is handmade and hand-painted. “Although the designs may be the same, each one is cut out by hand,” Mosley explains. She says that if you look carefully, you’ll see that none are exactly alike, as you normally would find with mass-produced gifts.

“My husband and I, we do a lot of this, it’s all made here,” Mosley says. “He’ll do the pouring and then get it ready for me, and then I’ll cut out my designs.” The process continues by letting each piece dry, and then they are cleaned, fired, and glazed.

Aloha Ceramics started out by making centerpieces for parties. One day, a friend of Mosley’s requested an ipu candle. That’s when the small business expanded into selling Hawaiian gift items. These ceramic ipu continue to be one of the small business’ must-have items, along with another favorite, its poi pounders. “They come in different designs,” Mosley explains. The ipu and poi pounders lift to reveal either a candle or lamp at the base. “It’s very easy to change your light bulbs, change your candles.”

Aloha Ceramics is also known for its hand-painted ornaments, Hawaiian salt jars, piggy banks, and boxes in fun shapes like slippers. The business even makes wine glass holders.

Look out for Aloha Ceramics at the Made in Hawaii Festival! Check out its newest pineapple designs, pieces, and some old favorites like its palm tree tea lights.

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