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16-2020 – Akira Satake – Finding the Beauty in Imperfection

16-2020 – Akira Satake – Finding the Beauty in Imperfection

April 19 – May 2 2020
Handbuilding, throwing and woodfiring. For all levels

Participants will learn how to create rich surfaces inspired by the natural world. Some techniques that will be demonstrated are:
* brushing kohiki slip on clay slabs and stretching the slabs to crack and distort the surfaces
* applying a coating of soft clay onto the surface of wheel thrown or hand built pieces and then altering them
* mixing air and other materials into the clay body and then tearing off the clay and/or cutting with a wire to create the shapes

* glazing for Wood firing and Gas firing

* loading wood firing kiln (train kiln) and gas kiln

* firing wood firing kiln (train kiln) and gas kiln
He will share his experience and knowledge in a discussion of the Japanese aesthetic. Participants will gain insight into finding the beauty in imperfection, the meaning of “wabi-sabi,” and the importance of “ma” — the space in between.

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. The Philadelphia Museum awarded him the National Award for Excellence in Contemporary Clay.  A Craftsman’s Legacy – a national weekly television series on PBS, featured his life and work. Akira is widely sought after for workshops, lectures and exhibitions and has been invited to France, Belgium, Israel, Australia, Spain.Hong Kong and Bali.Collections: The Mint Museum and The Phillips Collection.

Artist Statement

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. www.akirasatake.com

ARTIST: Akira Satake

DATE: April 19 – May 9 2020

LEVEL: Handbuilding, throwing and woodfiring. For all levels

TOTAL PRICE: EURO 2500,00

DEPOSIT FOR BOOKING: EURO 600,00

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Additional info

The total cost of the course is 2300 euros
Deposit: 575 euros
The workshop fee includes the following
Tuition of 6 – 8 hours per day
Studio open 12 hours per day
All materials and firings
Lodging in double room; single room on request, add 400 euros
Welcome dinner and welcome breakfast, final dinner
A freshly prepared Tuscan Lunch with wine on all working days
Excursions

Payment - Refund Policy

You may withdraw within 14 days of registration without incurring in any penalties and will the deposit fully refunded. No refund of deposits past 14 days of registration, pursuant to articles 53 and following of the EU consumer protection legislation.
If La Meridiana cannot hold the course due to unforeseen events beyond our control, the deposit will be fully refunded through the same system it was paid. (on-line or with banking wiring.)
La Meridiana reserves the right to offer a different course with similar characteristics and, in case of your acceptance, the deposit will be transferred to the new course.

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