North Carolina resident and award winning potter Akira Satake will conduct a two-day workshop on March 15 and 16 at Surry Community College, 630 S. Main St., Dobson. The event is sponsored by the college’s Cultural Diversity Committee and is free and open to the public.
Born in Japan, Satake has lived in the United States since 1983 and relocated from Brooklyn, N.Y. to Swannanoa, here in North Carolina, in 2003.
In 2013, he opened his working studio and exhibition space in the River Arts District in Asheville. Satake was featured on the first season of the PBS series A Craftman’s Legacy; has won awards including the Philadelphia Museum Show’s National Award for Excellence in Contemporary Clay in 2007; and his pieces have been showcased in collections in The Mint Museum in Charlotte and The Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C.
Satake’s art is most notable for his use of two diverse construction techniques. His pieces include teapots, cups and other ceramic vessels made employing a technique that creates the look of birch bark and a line of wood-fired, traditional ceramic pots with shino and melted wood ash on them.
During the workshop, he will demonstrate the techniques used to create these unique, artful pieces.
The workshop will run each day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a break for lunch and will take place in the ceramics studio on the Dobson campus, Room E-164. Satake will also give a slideshow presentation of his artwork from 4 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, March 15 in Room E-135.
For more information, contact Richard Montgomery at (336) 386- 3369 or [email protected] To stay up to date on all the Fine Arts events at SCC, follow the Fine Arts program on Facebook or Instagram @surryfinearts.
Akira Satake, a potter from the Asheville area, will be at Surry Community College on March 15 and 16 demonstrating the two diverse construction techniques used in his work during a free workshop open to the public.