Join us as we welcome Akira Satake as he presents a weekend workshop focusing on slab construction techniques and Kohiki slip applications on functional pottery forms. Participants will learn to work with both soft and hard slabs, exploring a variety of processes and techniques to create teapots, tea cups, pitchers, vases, boxes and other functional pottery. He will share his distinct Kohiki slip technique for enhancing surfaces by brushing white porcelain slip onto a dark clay body, then stretching the clay to crack and distort the brush marks. The result is a uniquely compelling surface that is subtle, beautiful yet powerful and dynamic.
Akira will also discuss his experience and understanding of the Japanese aesthetic in his work. Participants will gain insight in finding the beauty in imperfection, the meaning of "wabi-sabi" and the importance of "ma" the space in between. He will demonstrate his style of making tea ceremony bowls, water jars, and ikebana vases, all influenced by Japanese pottery from the Momoyama Period of 1568 – 1615.
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 built a Japanese Kyushu-style oil kiln and a wood-fired kiln. He is a full time studio potter and musician and has won awards in both fields. He has given many workshops in the U.S. and internationally and participated in the Smithsonian Craft Fair, Philadelphia Museum Craft Show and Washington Craft Show. For more information about the artist and his work please visit his website at www.akirasatake.com <http://www.akirasatake.com/>
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