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Odyssey Ceramic Arts - Workshop Instructors

Workshop Instructors

Akira Satake1web
Akira Satake was born in Osaka, Japan and has been living in the U.S. since 1983. In 2003 he relocated from Brooklyn, New York to Swannanoa, NC. The Philadelphia Museum awarded him the National Award for Excellence in Contemporary Clay. A Craftsman's Legacy - a national weekly television series on PBS, featured his life and work. Akira is widely sought after for workshops and lectures and has been invited to give classes in France, Belgium, Israel, Australia, England and Scotland. Collections: The Mint Museum and The Phillips Collection.

Melisa Cadell is a studio artist in Western North Carolina. She works in ceramics and explores content through context in sculpture and installation. Cadell received her BFA in Art Education and Drawing and Painting at the University of North Texas and received her MFA in Studio and Sculpture at East Tennessee State University. She teaches at Appalachian State University and conducts workshops nationally. Publications include: Figure Sculpting in Clay, Ceramics Art Daily Series Video; Ceramics Art and Perception; American Style; Five Hundred Figures, Lark Books; and Making Sculpture, Raul Lucero.

daniel johnston
After four years as an apprentice with Mark Hewitt, Daniel Johnston traveled to England to work with earthenware potter Clive Bowen. His training then took him to Northeast Thailand to work with Mr. Sawein Silakhom in a jar factory where he learned traditional large jar making techniques. Daniel Johnston Pottery was established in 2003 in Seagrove, North Carolina, where he makes large wood-fired jars, as well as functional tableware, from local materials. Over the past twelve years, Daniel Johnston has embarked on several large projects such as the 100 Large Jar Project.

Nick Moen is a ceramic maker and designer that grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota. He received a BFA from Alfred University. With a focus on food, drink, and light, Nick explores different ways to make models from pinching to 3D printing. Over the past few years he has focused on organizing dining events at restaurants with handmade tableware. He has participated in national group juried shows and traveled across the country showing his work at craft shows. Nick currently maintains a studio practice in Asheville, North Carolina.

Susannah Zucker is a figurative ceramicist living in Asheville NC. She received her MFA in 2006, from the University of Georgia, and her BFA in 1994, from the California College of Arts and Crafts. Her artistic research has been on life sized figurative sculpture. Her work as a visual artist has been heavily influenced by Buddhist sitting practice, and a long term involvement with Contact Improvisation Dance.

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