While watching A Craftsman’s Legacy I got to hear the story of Akira Satake, a potter in Asheville, NC. Satake comes from a talented family of artisans. While his father was a potter, Akira originally loved music and had no interest in learning pottery. He studied photography for a while, then decided to pursue the music he loved and started a band, then a record label. His business pursuits stressed him out, so he decided to take up a new hobby–and returned to his roots with pottery.
Pottery relaxed him and he decided to pursue it as his full time career. But he never abandoned his music. He primarily plays banjo, often with an Asian or jazz feel. If you’re in Asheville, check out his pottery. But wherever you are, check out his music. A refreshing sound.