Floating Islands: The Beauty in Imperfection Exhibition Opening

Presented by JICC, Embassy of Japan, District Clay Center and Ikebana International Washington DC Chapter No. 1. Sponsored by Marymount University

Join us for a special lecture, demonstration, & performance with show curator and renowned ceramist, Akira Satake, and distinguished Ikebana artist, Sheila Advani to mark the opening of our new exhibition, “Floating Islands: Ceramic Ikebana Vessels.”

To open our new, collaborative exhibition, Mr. Satake will join us for a special lecture in which he will talk about his work and experience as both a ceramic and ikebana artist, focusing on his creative philosophy and his personal vision for this exhibition. He will discuss some of his work as a composer, and will perform a mini concert with shamisen and banjo. Distinguished Ikebana artist Sheila Advani, who holds the advanced master degree of komon from the Sogetsu School of Ikebana, will also join us for this lecture to discuss the history and schools of Ikebana, and her own views regarding the relation of an Ikebana arrangement to its ceramic vessel. Following her lecture, Ms. Advani will hold a live demonstration of an ikebana arrangement.


Akira Satake was born Osaka, Japan and has lived in the U.S. since 1983. He has taught master classes and workshops across the country, and has also lectured and taught workshops abroad in Australia, Belgium, England, France, and Israel. He received the National Award for Excellence in Contemporary Craft by the Philadelphia Museum, and “A Craftsman’s Legacy” – a national television series on PBS, featured his life and work. Satake currently lives in Asheville, North Carolina, where he recently opened a new gallery space. He is also an accomplished banjo player and composer.


Sheila Advani was the past president of Ikebana International Washington DC Chapter No. 1 twice, from 1989 to 1991 and again from 1999 to 2001. She holds the advanced master degree of komon from the Sogetsu School of Ikebana, and she currently teaches Sogetsu in Harrisburg, PA. She began her studies in 1978 and has worked under the mentorship of Ruth Yochelson, Mary Sugiyama, and Chieko Mihori. Sheila has held exhibitions, demonstrations, and workshops both locally in the Washington, D.C. area and internationally. More recently, she exhibited in Japan during the Ikebana International World Convention.

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