Artist Information


Having learned art and pottery at his father’s knee, Akira Satake’s career has followed a diverse artistic path, including photography, graphic design, music and pottery.

“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 equations. I hope the fire will be my ally, but I know it will always transform the clay in ways I cannot anticipate.” — Akira Satake

Satake graduated from the School of Visual Arts, Osaka, Japan and initially was a photographer and graphic designer. His ceramics have been exhibited in various venues throughout the Eastern United States.

Akira currently works from his studio in North Carolina.