About the Artistic Teaching Partner

Artist Statement

I have extensive experience teaching clay hand-building to students in grades Pre-K through 5. My students become proficient in pinch, slab, and coil ceramics techniques as well as ceramic vocabulary. They learn how to use glazes, texture tools, and other mediums to enhance their work. My goal is to foster creativity and self-expression in my students. I encourage them to use their imaginations. It is important to me that my students see value in their work and can express their feelings and emotions through their art. Residency subjects are based on Art in Public Places work in the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts collection and are introduced as arts-integrated social studies and science units.

Artist Biography

Rayna K. Galati is a ceramicist and educator. She studied fine arts at the University of Oregon and University of Hawaiʻi. She directs the Hawaiʻi Potters’ Guild (HPG) educational outreach after-school ceramics program at Palama Settlement. She was awarded educator grants to study mosaic art with Isaiah Zagar at Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens, ceramic silkscreen printing on clay at Penland School of Craft, and clay hand-building at Metchosin International Summer School of the Arts (MISSA). She studied inlaid porcelain ceramics at La Meridiana in Italy. She is a Hawaiʻi State Department of Education (HIDOE) Part-time Temporary Teacher (PTT), and has taught students in the 21st Century Learning Centers (CCLC). She served on the Hawaiʻi State DOE Arts Committee.


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About the Artistic Teaching Partner Roster

The Artistic Teaching Partners (ATP) Roster is an adjudicated directory of Hawai‘i professional teaching artists qualified to conduct in-depth residencies in educational settings. Each artist or arts organization has a page in the directory with contact information, a short bio, and an artist statement. The State Foundation on Culture and the Arts draws from this roster for arts education programs including Art Bento at the Hawaiʻi State Art Museum and Artists in the Schools.