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Akira Satake Workshop

Inspired by Nature - 2009

Akira Satake leads a three-day, hands-on workshop focusing on slab construction techniques and Kohiki slip decorating for creating functional pottery forms. Participants will learn to work both with soft and hard slabs, exploring a variety of processes and techniques to create teapots, tea cups, pitchers, vases, boxes, and other functional pottery.

Akira will share his experience and understanding in a discussion of the Japanese aesthetic. Participants will gain insight in finding the beauty in imperfection, the meaning of "wabi-sabi", and the importance of "ma" the space in between. Akira will demonstrate his style of making tea ceremony bowls, water jars, and ikebana vases, all influenced by Japanese pottery from the Momoyama Period of 1568-1615.

Participants will learn to create rich surfaces that evoke telltale signs left by the forces of nature on the world we experience. To accomplish this, Akira will share his Kohiki technique for enhancing surface by brushing white porcelain slip onto a dark clay body, then stretching the clay to crack and distort the brushmarks. The result is a uniquely compelling surface that warrants extended reflection while adding layers of meaning to already strong forms.

Akira is also an internationally acclaimed musician whose CD "Cooler Heads Prevail" was awarded the prestigious German Music Critics Award for Best World Music Recording. He will close the workshop with a brief mini-concert performed on shamisen and banjo.

Class size 18.

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Artist talk w/slides
February 26, 2009, 7:00 pm
Free to the public
Three day Workshop
Hands On
February 27 - March 1
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Akira Satake Bio

Born in Osaka, Japan, the artist has been living in the U.S. since 1983 and has won numerous awards here for both visual and music. In 2003 he relocated from Brooklyn, New York to Swannanoa, North Carolina, where he built a Japanese Kyushu-style oil kiln and a wood-fired kiln.

Akira has recently exhibited at the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show, the Mint Museum Potter's Market Invitational, and The Smithsonian Craft Show. He recently received a National Award for Excellence in Contemporary Clay, and had one of his works purchased for the Mint Museum's permanent collection. He is a member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild and Piedmont Craftsmen.

Akira Satake Artist Statement

For me, the act of creation is a collaboration between myself, the clay and the fire. Collaboration means finding what the clay wants to be and bringing out its beauty in the way that the beauty of our surroundings is created through natural forces. Undulations in sand that has been moved by the wind, rock formations caused by landslides, the crackle and patina in the wall of an old house, all these owe their special beauty to the random hand of Nature. The fire is the ultimate random part of the collaborative equation. I hope the fire will be my ally, but I know it will always transform the clay in ways I cannot anticipate.

Akira Satake Resume

2008, Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show.
2008, North Carolina potters Invitational at Blue Spiral 1, Asheville, NC.
2008, Wood-fired Clay From the NC Mountains Exhibit At Hand in Hand Gallery.
2008, Exhibit for HandMade House at Biltmore Farms for HandMade in America.
2008, The Mint Museum purchased one of Akira's pieces for their permanent collection.
2008, Mint Museum Potter's Market Invitational.
2008, One week workshop Odyssey Center, Asheville.
2008, The Smithsonian Craft Show.
2007, National Award for Excellence in Contemporary Clay at Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show.
2007, Piedmont Craftsmen's Fair.
2007, Built wood-fired kiln.
2007, Home Magazine, April issue feature on Akira Satake Pottery.
2007, New x THREE gallery show at Blue Spiral 1, Asheville, NC.
2006, Instructor, Odyssey Center, Asheville; "Inspired by Nature" summer and fall classes.
2006, Southern Highland Craft Guild Show, Civic Center, Asheville.
2006, Faculty of Swannanoa Gathering, Warren Wilson College, Swannanoa, NC.
2006, "Inspired by Nature" one week workshop, Hambidge Center, Rabun Gap, GA.
2006, Asheville Arts Council Exhibition -- Japanese Arts and Crafts.
2005, Concert and lecture tour in Brazil for the Japan Foundation and the Japanese Consulate of Brazil.
2005, Southern Highland Craft Guild Show, Civic Center, Asheville.
2005, Faculty of Swannanoa Gathering, Warren Wilson College, Swannanoa, NC.
2004, Built Japanese style oil/wood-fired kiln.
2003, Relocated to North Carolina from New York, NY.
2002 - 2003, Lincoln Center "Fire on the Mountain" series of 60 concerts, NYC.
2002, "Carnegie Kids" series of 10 concerts, NYC.
2002, Carnegie Hall, Yo Yo Ma's Silk Road concert series,NYC.
2001 - 2006, Annual Lincoln Center Arts and Crafts Festival, NYC.
2000, Produced Tim O'Brien recording "The Crossing" for Alula Records, NYC. Winner Indie Award for Best Contemporary Folk Music.
1999 - 2003, Carnegie Hall "Neighborhood Concerts" series of 70 concerts, NYC.
1999, Indie Award winner for Best Package Design for Kepa Junkera, Alula Records.
1998, Indie Award winner for Best Cover Design for "Voices" on Alula Records.
1998, German Critics' Award winner for Best World Music Recording for solo CD, "Cooler Heads Prevail."
1998, Featured artist at the Rudolstadt Music Festival in East Germany.
1997 - 2001, Owner and founder of Alula Records, NYC.
1991, Faculty, Tennessee Banjo Institute.
1989 - 1999, Owner of Damfino Productions, NYC.
1981 - 1982, Photographer for Saga Musical Instruments, San Francisco, CA.
1979 - 1981, Photographer for Studio Yamagishi, Osaka,Japan.
1977 - 1979, Attended Osaka School of Visual Arts, Osaka, Japan.