NC Mountain Pre-Conference Artist and Conference Panelist
For Akira Satake, the act of creation is a collaboration between him, 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. He hopes the fire will be his ally, but he knows it will always transform the clay in ways he cannot anticipate.
In 2013 he opened Akira Satake Ceramics/Gallery Mugen as his working studio and exhibition space in the River Arts District in Asheville, NC and built a wood fire train kiln at his studio.