Akira Satake was born in Osaka, Japan but has been living in the U.S. since 1983. In 2003 he relocated from Brooklyn, NY to Asheville, NC where he currently maintains a ceramics studio and gallery in Asheville's River Arts District. His work evokes the hand of nature; his wood fired sculptural forms have an organic, timeless feel, with wood ash giving the pieces a burnished glow, elemental tones, and luminous crystalline effects. Akira's popular Kohiki (white slip) works feature a bark like texture and earthen tones, with functional ware such as teapots and cups displaying playful rounded, almost anthropomorphic shapes while platters and bowls have a sleek, minimalist feel. His work was featured at the SOFA NY 2012 show and can be found in The Mint Museum and The Phillips Collection. In 2007 Akira was honored by the Philadelphis Museum Show with the National Award for Excellence in Contemporary Clay.