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Akira Satake

Biography to Display: 

Born Osaka, Japan

EDUCATION

1977-1979 Osaka School of Visual Arts, Osaka, Japan

PRIMARY WORK EXPERIENCE

2003Studio potter

2013 Opened Akira Satake Ceramics/Gallery Mugen

HONORS

Philadelphia Museum awarded him the National Award for Excellence in Contemporary Clay

A Craftsman’s Legacy - a national weekly television series on PBS, featured his life and work

Arika Satake was born in Japan and emigrated to the USA in 1983. In 2003 he relocated from Brooklyn, New York to Swannanoa, NC where he began to produce a full line of functional ceramic wares. Satake’s work is hand built or thrown and altered and fired in a Japanese Kyushu-style oil kiln which he built in 2004 or a wood-fired that he built in 2007. Satake also uses a gas kiln.

Satake says of his work:

"... 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 the 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 9/2016)

Public Collections

Public Collections to Display: 

The Mint Museum, Charlotte, North Carolina

The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC

 

Website(s):

www.akirasatake.com

 

 

 

the center for craft, creativity & design This research was supported by a Craft Research Fund grant from The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design, Inc.
   
southern highland craft guild The Archive of the Southern Highland Craft Guild.

 

Typical Marks
2015
Yunomi VII
Date: 2015
Materials: Porcelain
Surface Technique: Shino Glaze
Courtesy of The Nevica Project
Courtesy of The Nevica Project
Sculpture
Method: Hand Built
Surface Technique: Stain
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Sculpture
Method: Hand Built
Surface Technique: Glaze
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Bowl
Form: Bowl
Method: Hand Built
Surface Technique: Woodfire
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Soy Bottle
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP

Citation: "The Marks Project." Last modified May 1, 2019. http://www.themarksproject.org:443/marks/satake