WAITLIST Finding the Beauty in Imperfection - Akira Satake Workshop, 8/24-26
This program is SOLD OUT. We are taking names for the WAITLIST ONLY.
We will add names to the list as we receive them with the date recorded for priority. If a space becomes available, we'll let you know and we'll keep names for any future related workshops with Mr. Satake.
Akira Satake will lead a 3-day hands on workshop illustrating the innovative handbuilding and throwing techniques he uses to create his stunning functional and sculptural ware. An integral part of the workshop will be a dialogue on the Japanese aesthetic of "finding the beauty in imperfection" and Satake's own personal exploration of "wabi-sabi," and the importance of "ma" - the space in between. Through demo's and discussion, participants will gain new insights and new tools for creating dynamic powerful surfaces that are inspired by the natural world.
Some of the techniques participants will learn are:
-brushing kohiki slip on clay slabs and stretching the slabs to crack and distort the surface
-applying a coating of clay mixed with sand onto the surface of wheel thrown or hand built pieces and then altering them
-mixing air and other materials into the clay body and then tearing off the clay and/or cutting with a wire to create the shapes
This workshop will be held Friday-Sunday, 8/24-26, 10-4 pm. Lunch, 25 lbs clay and bisque firing included. Max of 17 students. Students will be sent a supply list for the workshop.
- Making slabs and applying kohiki slip.
- Making yunomi, guinomi, chawan and more using the technique of applying a soft clay and sand mixture to the surfaces of the pieces on the wheel.
- Stretching kohiki slabs and shaping the pieces.
- Wire cutting, stretching and tearing chunks of clay to build sculptural pieces.
- Trimming the pieces from 1st day on the hand wheel.
- Making kohiki pieces, such as tea pots and sculptural works.
- Finish assembling all pieces.
Akira Satake was born in Osaka, Japan, and has been living in the U.S. since 1983. He has taught masterclasses and workshops across the country including at Peters Valley, Penland School of Craft, Arrowmont Craft School, Touchstone Center for Craft, among many others. He has also lectured and taught workshops in Australia, Belgium, England, France and Israel. He received the National Award for Excellence in Contemporary Craft by the Philadelphia Museum. His work is held by the Mint Museum, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Phillips Collection.
The Philadelphia Museum awarded Satake the National Award for Excellence in Contemporary Clay. A Craftsman’s Legacy – a national television series on PBS, featured his life and work.
Satake lives in Asheville, North Carolina where he recently opened a new gallery space. He is also an accomplished banjo player and composer with numerous recording and awards.