Akira Satake

Swannanoa, North Carolina

Akira Satake was born in Osaka, Japan and has been living in the US 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.
Akira explains how his work is related to the forces of nature…
“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.”

Favorite Artist
Buster Keaton

Favorite US destination

Favorite Book
Books by Haruki Murakami

Favorite Recipe
Fresh sea food without cook

Favorite Weekend Activity
Camp fire in my back yard

Favorite Room in your home
Our kitchen

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