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  • Gaya Ceramic Jl. Raya Sayan (small road), Ubud Bali, 80571 Indonesia (map)

Akira Satake will lead a hands on workshop involving both the handbuilding and throwing techniques he uses in the making of his tea ceremony bowls, yunomi, sake vessels, tea pots, ikebana vases, and sculptural objects.  Participants will learn to create rich surfaces inspired by the natural world.  Some techniques that will be demonstrated are:

1) brushing kohiki slip on clay slabs and stretching the slabs to crack and distort the surfaces,

2) applying a coating of clay 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 the shapes.

We will complete our work in several types of firings: soda, hikidashi, and gas reduction. Akira will also share his experience and knowledge in a discussion of the Japanese aesthetic. Participants will gain insight in finding the beauty in imperfection, the meaning of "wabi-sabi," and the importance of "ma" -- the space in between.  There will be demonstrations in Ikebana and a casual tea ceremony.

Open to all levels of experience.

For a closer look, check out the day-by-day schedule here