Akira Satake, world-renowned ceramicist, is the featured instructor for a ceramics workshop at The University of Virginia’s College at Wise, scheduled for Sept. 19-21. The workshop is entitled “Finding the Beauty in Imperfection.”

The purpose of the three-day event is to expose the community to finding beauty in imperfection, the meaning of “wabi-sabi”, and the importance of “ma” – the space in between.

Suzanne Adams-Ramsey, organizer of the event, said, “Akira Satake is an internationally-known artist now living and working in Ashville, North Carolina who will bring a unique cultural experience in clay to our campus,” said Suzanne Adams-Ramsey, organizer of the event.

The workshop, which will begin at 10 a.m. and conclude at 4 p.m. each day, requires pre-registration due to limited spot availability. The deadline for pre-registration is Monday, Sept. 10. The workshop is free but participants must make their own lunch arrangements. There are campus dining options nearby.

For more information or to pre-register, contact Suzanne Adams-Ramsey at 276-376-4579 or via email sah4c@uvawis.edu.

As part of the event happenings, Satake, also a Japanese banjo and shamisen player, will present an artist talk and mini recital on Sept. 20 at 7:30 p.m. in the UVa-Wise Chapel of All Faiths. Satake will have art available for purchase as well.

The UVa-Wise Department of Visual & Performing Arts is pleased to offer these types of quality art education and exceptional learning experiences to artists of all ages and levels in the region and hopes the community will take advantage of this opportunity geared toward ceramicists.

About Akira Satake

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 and Bali. Collections: The Mint Museum and The Phillips Collection.