November 6, 2015 – January 9, 2016

1st Annual Akira Satake Ceramics Invitational

Artist Receptions: Friday, November 13th, 5pm – 8pm & Friday, December 4th, 5pm – 8pm

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This year, we are pleased to announce a partnership with local ceramicist Akira Satake, who will be curating our 1st Annual Ceramic Invitational Exhibition in our main Gallery. Akira Satake (佐竹晃) 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, where he has a wood-fired kiln and a gas kiln. In 2013 he opened Akira Satake Ceramics/Gallery Mugen as his working studio and exhibition space in the River Arts District in Asheville, NC.

For 2015, Akira has titled the show, “This Functional Family: Potters of Western North Carolina” which will be on display from November 6th through January 9th, 2015. Participating artists include: Reiko Miyagi, Becky & Steve Lloyd, Courtney Martin, Daniel Shane Mickey, Naomi Dalglish & Michael Hunt, Josh Copus, Linda McFarling, Kyle Carpenter, Judith Duff, and Akira Satake. We are pleased to be able to host this collection of ceramic works from an exceedingly talented group of local artists.

Akira states:

“Western North Carolina is rich in studio pottery traditions that go back for generations. At the same time, new artists are constantly coming to the area, being inspired, and bringing along their own traditions and styles. Today the region boasts one of the most vibrant functional ceramic arts communities in America. ‘This Functional Family’ will provide an exciting taste of what some of the region’s finest and most unique potters are doing now and give exhibition goers the opportunity to bring some of Western North Carolina’s creative spirit into their own homes.”

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