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Tue Dec 03, 2019 12:33 am

I'd like to share Akira Satake's work with TeaForum. I've held and admired a yunomi of his for several years now, and every time it is a new experience, like a visual microcosm unfolding sculpturally each time. His pieces are wood fired and some are then treated with Hikidashi. After realizing many tea drinkers wanted smaller cups, but not necessarily guinome size, he is now making slightly smaller yunomi/slightly larger guinomi which is perfect size for 50-120ml cups. Akira is originally from Osaka, spent some time in NYC, and now for many years is living in Asheville, North Carolina. He has mastered his evolving craft.

Maybe other members can share their pieces with us here.


My sculptural Hikidashi yunomi made by Akira below. The thicker walled yunomi absorbs heat very well and its shape funnels aromatics ideally. The chamfered chiseled base receives the hand gracefully, like an offering to rest into. It is a work of art with real presence and feels perfect to hold and drink from. I was looking for a cup with strong character to pair with roasted oolongs and this is it, in cold winter months warming the hands.

Hikidasi “500 year-old Japanese technique which involves firing to an extreme temperature. Each piece is removed from the kiln, glowing red hot, using long metal tongs. They are rapidly cooled and placed in water.” from Akira’s web site


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I asked Akira about his glaze on my yunomi;
Victoria, This is the color of clay before fired. Your Yunomi has shino glaze and splash of oribe glaze (has very small amount of copper in it ) After pull out from kiln (2300F) put in saw dust to get reduction and go to water to cool down. It's called Hikidashi.
Thanks, Akira
An example of unfired yunomi, provided by Akira Satake:
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To see Hikidashi in action from another craftsman;
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Tue Dec 03, 2019 12:35 am

Akira Satake is having his once a year sale starting tonight Dec 2nd. Many more wood fired and Hikidashi pieces are available today that are not typically available, and now with free shipping.
https://akirasatake.com/home/
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Tue Dec 03, 2019 10:15 am

Victoria,
Your words highlight all the intriguing aspects of these beautiful cups. The power in clay and glaze, form and presence, to hold such a delicate liquid is astounding.
Is your piece the last image of the three?
Your affection for it is moving. Thank you for sharing your work of art and introducing Akira Satake.
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Tue Dec 03, 2019 10:31 am

rdl wrote:
Tue Dec 03, 2019 10:15 am
Victoria,
Your words highlight all the intriguing aspects of these beautiful cups. The power in clay and glaze, form and presence, to hold such a delicate liquid is astounding.
Is your piece the last image of the three?
Your affection for it is moving. Thank you for sharing your work of art and introducing Akira Satake.
Thank you for your kind words @rdl. The yunomi I have is shown in the first two images of original post. One thing I forgot to mention is along with the copper slashes outside the yunomi, there are subtle glimmering silver areas inside the cup that are difficult to capture but wonderful to see. Here it is again, between two smaller porcelain cups, and below a few more images showing the sculpted base.

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Tue Dec 03, 2019 1:22 pm

it's a very nice batch this year, and they're going fast. many that i saw in stock last night are already gone...
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Tue Dec 03, 2019 4:11 pm

Victoria wrote:
Tue Dec 03, 2019 10:31 am
rdl wrote:
Tue Dec 03, 2019 10:15 am
Victoria,
Your words highlight all the intriguing aspects of these beautiful cups. The power in clay and glaze, form and presence, to hold such a delicate liquid is astounding.
Is your piece the last image of the three?
Your affection for it is moving. Thank you for sharing your work of art and introducing Akira Satake.
Thank you for your kind words rdl. The yunomi I have is shown in the first two images of original post. One thing I forgot to mention is along with the copper slashes outside the yunomi, there are subtle glimmering silver areas inside the cup that are difficult to capture but wonderful to see. Here it is again, between two smaller porcelain cups, and below a few more images showing the sculpted base.


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It's clear now. Whose cup then is the Third?
The foot of your cup is stunning. Not in the classical beauty but in the harmony of such opposing forces that all seem to then embrace each other and resolve to function together. The whole cup does that, but to circle a circle is equally difficult. I especially like the Japanese take on that, because it seems to be done so nonchalantly.
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Sun Dec 08, 2019 12:19 pm

@@rdl the white yunomi is a photo Akira shared with me showing how it looks before firing.
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Sun Dec 08, 2019 12:37 pm

After a busy week and fighting a cold, I offer that as my excuse for misunderstanding the details of your post. Thank you again for clarifying. What hasn't changed is that your Akira Satake piece is powerful and striking, aided by your description that gives life to fired clay.
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Mon Dec 09, 2019 10:13 am

There are many gorgeous pieces at his shop. The one that struck me most strongly was this sculpture, which is safely priced above anythng I would pay for a ceramic object coming to my home occupied by often clumsy humans and 2 cats!

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