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Akira  Satake

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.

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Akira  Satake
Bowl Schino Glaze
Ceramic    

ASA28w
 
Akira  Satake
Bowl Schino Glaze
Ceramic    

ASA27w
 
Akira  Satake
Bowl Schino Glaze, Medium
Ceramic    

ASA26w
 
Akira  Satake Akira Satake - Box Oribe  - Crimson Laurel Gallery
Box Oribe
Ceramic   Wood fired  
6 x 4.5 x 6 in
$ 465
ASA19w
 
Akira  Satake Akira Satake - Box Oribe  - Crimson Laurel Gallery
Box Oribe
Ceramic   Wood fired  
6 x 5 x 6 in
$ 425
ASA20w
 
Akira  Satake Dish Schino Glaze_ Large
Dish Schino Glaze, Large
Ceramic    

ASA24w
 
Akira  Satake
Dish Schino Glaze, Medium
Ceramic    

ASA25w
 
Akira  Satake Akira Satake - Lidded Jar  - Crimson Laurel Gallery
Large Round Jar
Ceramic   Wood fired  
8 x 8 x 8 in
$ 425
ASA21w
 
Akira  Satake Akira Satake - Large Vase  - Crimson Laurel Gallery
Large Vase
Ceramic   Wood fired  
11 x 6 x 6 in
$ 695
ASA16w
 
Akira  Satake Akira Satake - Lidded Jar  - Crimson Laurel Gallery
Lidded Jar
Ceramic   Wood fired  
3.4 x 6 x 6 in
$ 285
ASA18w
 
Akira  Satake Akira Satake - Lidded Jar  - Crimson Laurel Gallery
Lidded Jar
Ceramic   Wood fired  
4 x 6.5 x 6.5 in
$ 285
ASA17w
 
Akira  Satake Akira Satake - Bowl - Kohiki - Crimson Laurel Gallery
Oval jar w/frog
Kohiki
Ceramic   Wood fired  
3 x 3.5 x 6 in
$ 60
ASA12w
 
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Akira  Satake

Akira Satake

Akira Satake Biography

Akira Satake was born in Osaka, Japan and has been living in the U.S. since 1983. In 2003 he relocated from Brooklyn, New York to Swannanoa, North Carolina, where he has a wood-fired kiln and a gas kiln.
His studio and gallery is in River Arts District, Asheville NC.

Akira Satake 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 Resumé

Recent awards, events and exhibitions:
  • Masterclass Workshop - in France 2014
  • Peters Valley School of Craft, NJ: two week Anagama wood-firing workshop, 2013
  • Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC: lecture -- “The Tea Ceremony and its Influence on Japanese
Ceramics,” 2013
  • SOFA NY, 2012
  • Illinois Wesleyan University: lecture and solo exhibition, 2012
  • Invited artist/lecturer and workshop for Israel pottery symposium, 2009
  • Philadelphia Museum Show: National Award for Excellence in Contemporary Clay, 2007
  • Smithsonian Craft Show, 2008--2010
  • Philadelphia Museum Show, 2007--2012
  • Mint Museum Pottery Invitational, 2009--2013
  • Permanent collections • The Mint Museum & The Sparta Teapot Museum

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