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（佐竹晃）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. In 2013 he opened Akira Satake Ceramics/Gallery Mugen as his working studio and exhibition space in the River Arts District in Asheville, NC.
Recent awards, events and exhibitions:
Masterclass Workshop - in Belgium and France 2015
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 Ceramics,” 2013
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—2014
Collections • The Mint Museum and The Phillips Collection
A day with one minute of meditation : The Hourglass by Hirota studio
The gold sand measures one minute. The silver sand measures two minutes.
The green is three minutes; the yellow and purple are five minutes.
The clear hourglass is hand blown.
A day with one minute of meditation.
Or on some days, two minutes.
Five minutes will be an accomplishment.
There is no need to sit in zazen form or to close your eyes.
Just flip then watch it.
At first, the sand hits the bottom and bounces up to make a sound. Gradually it gets buried and forms a mound, piling up, then collapsing down like a stream of water, when suddenly stillness arrives.
Becoming aware of your gaze, the meditation is over.
At last, your mood changes and you turn to your next task.
A Japanese ceramicist in Iowa, Shumpei Yamaki. He was in his mid-30s when I first began to notice the prodigious nature of his work. With his honest and inquisitive personality he came to the United States to follow hip-hop culture, went to the University of Iowa to study archaeology, and after many twists and turns in life became a ceramic artist. He throws on the wheel just as he dances.
As a child, he loved dinosaurs and would mold them from clay and play with them. Hearing these stories, I strongly encouraged him to make dinosaurs.
It was last year around the summertime that he said, "These days all I'm making are dinosaurs." After two firings, without a second thought, he packed more than 20 wood-fired dinosaurs into his car and drove them to New York in November around Thanksgiving.
T-Rex, triceratops, brachiosaurus and a growing number of other species - it was a Jurassic Park. But what I noticed more than anything else was that all the dinosaurs had large gaping mouths that were smiling. Whether or not Shumpei knowingly made them that way, I could hear the roaring sounds of their laughter. It was a bunch of dinosaurs enjoying a party; stegosaurus tells a joke and everyone bursts out laughing.
I invite you all to come to this party and listen carefully to the dinosaurs laughing. How does that sound?
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