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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
- 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