Monday, January 20, 2014

Akira Satake Workshop Day 2

Akira Satake began day two of our workshop with a demonstration trimming the foot on the tea bowl and chawan.
 Note the unusual tool used to trim.

Akira said using this tool and trimming spontaneously adds to the wabi sabi of his work.

Here's the finished teabowl. Half of my photos aren't turning out; I think my camera computer is wearing out; but the one above of Akira pleased me.

Next Akira demonstrated how he makes the lid, handle, and spout for the upside down teapot from the day before. See what I mean about some of the photos, they turn out blurry or extremely dark even though I'm not moving the camera and they are all on the same setting. Maybe I can get the camera cleaned? What do you think?

Ah, here is a better one while Akira is placing the spout on the teapot.

Next Akira demonstrated how he makes his one piece teapot.

Here's a photo of the pieces I made in the workshop, two tumblers, a footed tea bowl, a rustic lidded box (but solid too dry to hollow out, and not shown a rustic tray. John of JBF Times is going to fire my pieces in the gas kiln for me, leaving the exterior natural and using shino glaze on the interiors. Don't fire that box for at least six  months John. Ha.

Here's a shot of the workshop participants. I had a super time at the workshop visiting with several of my blogging friends, thanks to Akira Satake and Clayworks for a wonderful weekend.

While in Charlotte, I stayed at 803 Elizabeth Lane Bed and Breakfast. The Bed and Breakfast is in Matthews about seven miles from Clayworks. Martha and Will Krauss, the inn hosts, graciously accommodated my gluten free diet with delicious breakfasts. Check out their recipe page for breakfast quinoa. During my stay we shared conversations on travel, art, pottery, cooking, and gardening.

The mug in the top photo, with a shino liner, came home with me. This post is part of Sunday Ceramics. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.


  1. Excellent choice of a mug. No clue about camera, sorry. I am glad you found out so much about how to make Akira style things...and that you got your hands in clay again! I've got a couple of Akira's pieces also.

  2. He gives such great workshops and is a very nice man. I'm glad you got to go to the workshop.

  3. Lucky you! I miss Becky and John and the Clayworks community too. Am finally making enough $ that I can afford to take a workshop… so I'll be on the lookout for one at CW this spring. Thanks for sharing about your time there and what a beautiful mug!

  4. What a great workshop! The mug you chose is a treasure. I'm betting that you wait to get your hands in clay again.

  5. The mug is a delight. And I lust after that teapot.
    What a wonderful workshop for you to get your hands dirty again...

  6. How fun it must be to be learning new techniques....I look forward to your work using them.

  7. Hi Barbara, thanks, oh the surfaces Akira achieves are so organic and beautiful.

    Hi Lori, thanks, we all enjoyed the workshop thoroughly. I plan to make a visit to his studio in Asheville one of these days too.

    Hi Amy, thanks, I am so glad I got to meet John and Becky and hope I can visit there again soon.

    Hi suzi, thanks, oh yes I am itching to get some clay under my fingernails.

    Hi Elephant's Child, thanks, there is much to lust over in his work for sure.

    Hi Dee, thanks, I look forward to adapting some of his techniques to my own work.

  8. Oh it looks like a wonderful workshop! The mug is beautiful!!
    " I look forward to adapting some of his techniques to my own work." WOW! I do want to see your future works with his techniques!!


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