78-6831 Alii Dr #232
Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
The Donkey Mill Art Center proudly presents Cool Fusion: Festival of 1,000 Bowls, celebrating 12 years of ceramic, musical, and culinary arts. This event will be held at the Keauhou Shopping Center in Kailua-Kona on Saturday, September 23, from 11am – 2pm. Tickets will go on sale in July and are $25 for adults and $20 for kids under 12. This annual event is one of two major fundraising events that support the educational programming at Donkey Mill.
For over a decade, Cool Fusion has supported arts education at the Donkey Mill Art Center, a nonprofit located in an historic coffee mill in Holualoa. Each year, both novice and professional ceramic artists from across the Island come together to create uniquely beautiful somen noodle and gelato bowls as a fundraiser for Donkey Mill’s youth and adult education program. These skilled volunteer makers work together every weekend for months preceding the Festival, until over 1,000 bowls have been created, fired, glazed and washed. Be it a notch in the foot of the bowl or the patterns in surface decoration, these artists’ signature styles may be recognized by those familiar with the character of their work. Some loyal fans have personal collections from each year of attending the festival.
An assortment of these handmade ceramics will be arranged on tabletops where guests can carefully consider their selections before indulging in a lunch of brothy, home-style somen noodles. A $25 ticket includes a bowl of your choice and unlimited servings of noodles. Top off your meal with a serving of locally made gelato available for an additional price, which you can enjoy from your purchased bowl, or from a selection of dessert-sized bowls available for purchase. For those wishing to build their collections, additional bowls and many other pieces of ceramic art, including serving bowls, vases, and cups are available for purchase for as little as $10 each.
The Donkey Mill’s ceramic department offers year-round classes for children and adults in pottery and sculpture, as well as special workshops taught by visiting artists from around the world. A former coffee mill, the art center now functions as a gathering place where people can develop as creative, conscious, and healthy human beings through art education and experience. For more details, call 808-322-3362 or visit donkeymillartcenter.org.