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My Inspiration

From O'ahu trails to Big Island Forests

Hawai'i's amazing birds inspire me! As a child born and raised in these islands, I loved hiking in the forests above my home on  O'ahu. I began photographing and painting backyard birds on T-shirts for family and friends in the late 1980's.

In January 2015, I began carving Hawaiian endemic birds and plants on clay in the studio of my mentor, Lisa Louise Adams. I also took classes from other Hawai'i-Island potters, including Emily Herb, Shannon Hickey, and Eric Wold.  I now have my own kiln and studio.

My ceramic art has been included at the following exhibitions on Hawai'i Island:

  • Hawai'i Nei Juried Exhibition 2015, Wailoa Center, Hilo, HI;

  • Hawai'i Nei Juried Exhibition, 2016, Wailoa Center, Hilo, HI;

  • Return of the 'Alala: Restoring the Voice of Hawai'i's Native Forests Juried Exhibition (2016), Volcano Art Center, Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park, HI;

  • MidSummer Art Celebration, 2018 - 2nd Annual All Media Juried Exhibition, Wailoa Center, Hilo, HI;

  • Art by Hand: Contemporary Craft Juried Exhibit, 2018, Wailoa Center, Hilo, HI; and

  • Hawai'i Nei Juried Exhibition, 2019, Wailoa Center, Hilo, HI.

  • Abstract! Only 10th Annual Juried Exhibition, 2020, Wailoa Center, Hilo, HI.

  • Hawai'i Nei Juried Exhibition, 2020, Wailoa Center, Hilo, HI

"Dappled Things" (ceramic mosaic featuring a Palila perched on mamane leaves and blossoms) earned an Honorable Mention (3D, Amateur) at the Hawai'i Nei Exhibition, 2020. 


Looking for a one-of-a kind gift?

Handmade ceramic tiles and mosaics on top of keepsake wooden boxes. Also lehua ceramic earrings. 3/30/2021

Look what's available at Ben Franklin Crafts, Locker #80, 333 Kilauea Avenue, Hilo, HI!

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My Etsy Shop has over two dozen pieces to choose -- from trivets and wall hangings to keepsake tile-topped boxes and ceramic magnets.

(Left) A handmade ceramic lehua 'ula (red lehua) blossom tile on a 2.5 x 2.5 x 2 inch rosewood keepsake box.

(Right) A handmade lehua 'ula and heart mosaic on 5 7/8 x 5 7/8 2 1/4 inch rosewood-finish keepsake box. 


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Mahalo nui for visiting my website. Have a beautiful day.  Aloha!

Margaret Russo
Ceramic Artist, Volcano, Hawai`i

P. O. Box 428, Volcano, HI 96785


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