Elemental: Ceramics and Abstract Paintings

About the Exhibition Artists

Akira Satake was born in Osaka, Japan, and has been living in the United States since 1983. Satake has been awarded the National Award for Excellence in Contemporary Clay by the Philadelphia Museum. “A Craftsman’s Legacy,” a national weekly television series on PBS, has featured his life and work.

“For me, the act of creation is collaboration between the clay, the fire, and myself,” said Satake. “Collaboration means finding out what the clay wants to be and bringing out its beauty in the way that the beauty of our surroundings is created through natural resources. Undulations in sand that has been moved by the wind, rock formations caused by landslides, the crackle and patina in the wall of an old house; all these owe their special beauty to the random hand of Nature. The fire is the ultimate random part of the collaborative equation. I hope the fire will be my ally, but I know it will always transform the clay in ways I cannot anticipate.”

In 2003, Satake relocated from Brooklyn, N.Y. to Swannona, N.C. He is widely sought after for workshops and lectures, and has been invited to give classes in France, Belgium, Israel, Australia, Bali, England, Portugal, and Scotland.

Victoria Pinney is a largely self-taught artist who works in an open studio in Asheville, N.C.’s River Arts District. She uses a mixture of oil paint and elemental substances, such as wax and sand, to give her art a historic feel.

“I find that things like rusted rail cars, crumbling stone walls, the mottled bark of a sycamore tree – even peeling paint – become microcosms of beauty that inspire my paintings,” said Pinney. “The textured surface is as essential to the painting as color or shape.”

Pinney is one of a select group of curated artists included in the Western North Carolina Design Guide. In 2015, she was featured in “American Art Collector.” In January 2016, she was recognized as an Emerging Artist in “Art Galleries and Artists of the South.”

Exhibition Dates
Sep. 22 – Nov. 17, 2016
Opening Reception: Sep. 22 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.