Event Details

Akira Satake will discuss his artistic journey, what inspires him and his quest to find 'the beauty in imperfection." This artist talk is being held in conjunction with a three day workshop at the District Clay Center and the opening of his curated show, Floating Islands: Ceramic Ikebana Vessels at the Japanese Information and Cultural Center.

The joint JICC/District Clay Center/Ikebana International Show features ceramic vessels created by 14 US master artists and the Japanese ceramic master, Ken Matsuzaki.

"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."

Light refreshment served. A selection of Satake's pots will be available for purchase.


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 player and composer of works with the banjo.

  • When: Sat Aug. 25
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

  • Address: 2414 Douglas Street NE
    Washington DC,US 20008

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