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Finding Beauty in Imperfection - Akira Satake

Touchstone Center for Crafts

Monday, July 18, 2016 - Friday, July 22, 2016
Touchstone Center for Crafts 1049 Wharton Furnace Road FarmingtonPA  15437
Monday, July 18, 2016 - Friday, July 22, 2016
Touchstone Center for Crafts 1049 Wharton Furnace Road FarmingtonPA  15437

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What's Included

Attend this hands-on workshop involving both the hand-building and throwing techniques Akira uses in the making of his tea ceremony bowls, teapots, water jars, ikebana vases, and sculptural objects. You will learn to create rich surfaces inspired by the natural world. Akira will demonstrate these techniques: 1) brushing kohiki slip on clay slabs and stretching the slabs to crack and distort the surfaces, 2) applying a coating of clay mixed with sand onto the surface of wheel-thrown pieces and then altering them, and 3) mixing air and other materials into the clay body and then tearing off the clay and/or cutting with a wire to create shapes. Akira Satake was born in Osaka, Japan and has been living in the United States 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 and lectures, and was invited to give classes in France, Belgium, Israel, Australia, England, and Scotland. His works are exhibited in collections at the Mint Museum and the Phillips Collection.

About This Organizer

Touchstone is located in Farmington, Pennsylvania, amid the natural splendor of the Laurel Highlands. Founded in 1972 as the Pioneer Crafts Council, Touchstone's original mission was to foster interest in the preservation of the traditional craft forms and culture of the Appalachian region. Today, the craft school has expanded to include a wide variety of traditional and emerging craft forms, including blacksmithing, ceramics, metal, jewelry, textiles, glass, painting, mosaics, and printmaking. In addition to offering seasonal craft courses taught by nationally renowned artisans, Touchstone provides underserved audiences in the region, from senior citizens to public school students, with craft-centered educational programming. Touchstone's artistic, educational, and residential facilities sit on 150 acres of lush woodlands and pristine wilderness. The campus is covered with towering trees, unique rock formations, and wildflower meadows, and is crossed by McIntyre Run, a rushing stream.

 

Not only is Touchstone Center for Crafts the only residential craft school in Pennsylvania, it's the natural setting for your creative nature.

 

Touchstone's mission is to advance excellence in the arts and crafts by educating and encouraging individuals to develop technical skills, good design, and innovative expression. To realize this mission, the school offers workshops, exhibitions, lectures, demonstrations, and other forms of artistic and educational programming throughout the year. Dedicated to achieving national prominence and local relevance, Touchstone strives for national distinction by recruiting some of the best artists in the country to teach high-quality craft workshops that attract a geographically diverse audience. The organization strives for local relevance by providing educational and outreach programming that serves a wide variety of the underserved populations in Fayette County and other parts of southwestern Pennsylvania.

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Touchstone Center for Crafts 1049 Wharton Furnace Road FarmingtonPA  15437
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