Successfully added product.    0 items in your cart. Total: $0.00
Atlanta's Pottery Center
Cart is empty.
MudFire will be closed Dec 23rd - January 1st. Reopen January 2nd.
Akira Satake

Akira Satake

Akira Satake’s handbuilt and wheel thrown work represents some of the finest Japanese traditions in clay. Firing in a Japanese Kyushu-style oil kiln and a wood-fired kiln, his distinctive Kohiki, Yakishime, Yuuyaku-style pottery has won numerous awards. He attributes his vessels’ unique look to influences in nature, such as 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. The kiln firing is the ultimate random part of the collaborative equation.

Share |

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 Artist 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 Resume

2009 Teabowl Invitational at Gallery Up, Rock Hill, SC
2009 Wood-fired Clay Exhibition at Blue Spiral 1, Asheville, NC
2009 Solo Exhibition at Crimson Laurel Gallery, Bakersville, NC
2009 "Soft Beauty of Traditional Shinos" Traveling Exhibition
2009 "The Space Between" at The Asheville Area Arts Council, Asheville, NC
2009 NCECA Show -- "Phoenix Rising" at The Icehouse, Phoenix, AZ
2009 "Looking Back, Japanese/American Ceramics" at the Artisan Gallery, Northampton, MA
2009 Smithsonian Craft Show, National Building Museum, Washington, DC
2009 Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show, Philadelphia, PA
2009 Mint Museum Potter's Market Invitational, Charlotte, NC
2009 Washington Craft Show, Washington, DC
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.