Musician-turned-potter, Akira Satake fully embraces the notion that beauty can be imperfect; his wood-fired pieces are a collaboration with fire, smoke, ash, clay and heat. In our visit with Akira at his home studio, kiln site and River Arts District gallery, he explains how he finds inspiration in the tension of the unexpected.
The dense, dark green forests of the Hida region are home to a woodworking tradition that dates back 1,300 years. In this story, we explore how Hida Sangyo’s holistic use of the cedar tree builds upon legendary craftsmanship to create sustainable innovation and modern furniture.
Our series “A Tree's Second Act” will explore how woodworkers around the world are inspired and catalyzed by the trees around them. From the legendary craftsmen of Hida Sangyo to individual artisans, their work is more than art or craft—it is a way to collaborate with nature as a storyteller.
Third-generation woodworker Perry Shaw treks daily through the dense, well-trod forests of the Pacific Northwest, often shadowed by his two sons or his dog. As the afternoon sun trickles through the canopy, Shaw scans for fallen trees, craggy and marked by blight.
Abigail Schama’s pieces do not ask for permission to be. They are not demure, pretty little things; they are not slick or smooth, or symmetrical in their curves. They are craggy and worn, gestural and uneven, crusted with a salty glaze, seemingly unearthed after centuries slumbering in the watery depths of a Cretan ruin.
The craft of Bizenware is more than clay—it is a primal union of man and nature. In this series, we explore how different families have passed down “the way of Bizen,” and how the craft has evolved through generations.