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The Clay Center of St. Petersburg, FL

  • Clay Center of St. Petersburg 2010 1st Avenue South, st petersburg, FL 33712, US (map)


Akira Satake will lead a hands on workshop involving both the handbuilding and throwing techniques he uses to make his tea ceremony bowls, yunomi, teapots, ikebana vases, sculptural objects and more.

Participants will learn how to create rich surfaces inspired by the natural world. Some techniques that will be demonstrated are:

* brushing kohiki slip on clay slabs and stretching the slabs to crack and distort the surfaces
* applying a coating of clay mixed with sand onto the surface of wheel thrown or hand built pieces and then altering them
* mixing air and other materials into the clay body and then tearing off the clay and/or cutting with a wire to create the shapes

He will share his experience and knowledge in a discussion of the Japanese aesthetic. Participants will gain insight into finding the beauty in imperfection, the meaning of "wabi-sabi," and the importance of "ma" -- the space in between.

(All Levels)


1st day:

Making slabs and applying kohiki slip.
Making yunomi, guinomi, chawan and more using the technique of applying a soft clay to the surfaces of the pieces.

2nd day:

Stretching kohiki slabs and shaping the pieces.
Wire cutting, stretching and tearing chunks of clay to build sculptural pieces.

3rd day:

Making kohiki pieces, such as tea pots, vases, and sculptural works.
Finish assembling all pieces.

Earlier Event: January 18
Workshop in Hong Kong
Later Event: March 9
Arkansas Art Center