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Marisol Jiménez

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August 24, 8:30am • The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design • part of a series on Community

Celebrate CreativeMornings Asheville’s 2nd birthday this summer with creative conversation about envisioning - and taking action toward - the Asheville we want to live, work, and create in.

Saturday, August 4
Location TBA
Minimum suggested donation of $25

Limited tickets available. Snag your seat starting Tuesday, July 17 at 11AM (be sure to get on the waitlist if you don’t get a ticket - as usual, we’ll do our best to get you in!)

Forge––Ahead is made possible through the generous financial support of CreativeMornings Asheville’s presenting sponsor UNC Asheville, along with:
Center for Craft
Buchi Kombucha
Mountain BizWorks
Embellish Asheville
Saraz Handpans
Mojo Coworking

We are also grateful for our in-kind event partners including:
Dewey Property Advisors | Revolve | French Broad Chocolates | Foothills Local Meats | Honeysuckle & Hive | Earth Fare | Ginger’s Revenge | Smiling Hara Tempeh | Gan Shan Station | Chai Pani | Roots Hummus | Hi-Wire Brewing | Compost Now | Sew Co.  | The Bright Angle

Okay! Now that we’ve got your attention: 

We’re doing things a little differently in December.

FIRST: Due to the Holiday, tickets will be released Tuesday (instead of Monday), 12/26 @ 11AM.

SECOND: Wouldn’t a change of scenery be nice? We thought so too! Join us at Blue Spiral for breakfast and the Fine Arts Theater for the talk (they are adjacent to each other on Biltmore Avenue).


This month, with #FeedCreativity, we are adhering to our manifesto and giving a damn by giving back. Please bring donations of food and art supplies to Friday’s talk - OR - drop them off any time before Friday at the front desk of CCCD (67 Broadway St.) Donations will support the YWCA after school program and Manna Food Bank.


Our November Speaker: Cassie Barrett – Getting Comfortable with Death

We live in culture that is not only afraid of death - death in our culture has become a phobia and a taboo. How do we prepare for life’s big event if we can’t talk about it or even think about it? The key is getting comfortable with being uncomfortable. Cassie will share the importance of this practice, not only to help get us more comfortable with and prepare for own death, but to help us live the life we really desire.

The lineup is HERE! Check out these amazing, creative opportunities, and grab your spot today. - One workshop per person, please! Share the love. - You must have a CreativeMornings account to register! So you can bring a friend with you who hasn’t been to a CreativeMornings event, but they’ll need to sign up for a free account on

- Last updated below on Sunday, August 20. Feel free to check the “sold out” workshops in case someone has released their ticket.


10:00AM // Permission to PLAY: Paper, Cardboard & Recycling // Hosted by Ginger Huebner at Roots + Wings School of Art 10:00AM // Laser-Cut Nametags // Hosted by Brent Skidmore at UNC Asheville’s STEAM Studio at the RAMP 11:00AM // The Science of Storytelling // Hosted by Sarah Benoit at JB Media Institute 11:00AM // Bullet Journaling: Organizing Your Creative Mind // Hosted by Amy Harris at Asheville Pizza Downtown 1:00PM // Get Creative With Your (Family) CHAOS! // Hosted by Stacey J Uria at Homegrown Babies 2:00PM // Creative Brand Messaging // Hosted by Chelsea Baldwin 2:00PM // Indigo Dying // Hosted by Echoview Fiber Mill 2:00PM // Voice Over Production in a Recording Studio // Hosted by Steven Heller at Upstream Productions 3:30PM // How To Be A Better Writer In ONE Hour / Hosted by Mark Bloom at his home 3:30PM // A GENIUS-themed Clay Collage // Hosted by Lori Theriault at the Village Potters


9:00AM // Visual Storytelling With Your Smartphone Camera // Hosted by Chris Allen in West Asheville

2:00PM // Make Your Own Letterpress Notecards // Hosted by Macon York Costlow at Cotton Blossom Press Studio

Our April Speaker: Brett A McCall – Beyond Reality

What happens when we find ourselves in an unbelievable situation, jaw wide open, with our senses on fire because we cannot fully understand what just happened? Half of us are going to shun it away and look for reasons not to participate. The other half will embrace this new river into our understanding of what this new reality means for all areas of our lives. Go down the rabbit hole with Brett as he leads us into a future that is rapidly evolving and explored every day in the realms of virtual and augmented reality.

Breaking Taboos: Challenging the untrue stories we tell ourselves

Our lives are shaped by taboos that come from society, family or ourselves. Whether they are true or not, we often internalize them and accept them as fact. Taboos can manifest as untrue stories we tell ourselves, limiting our understanding of who we are and who we can and cannot be. By questioning these untrue stories, we shine a light, liberating ourselves from false beliefs.

Join Connie as she shares her journey uncovering and dismantling one of these stubborn myths that impacted her life for over 6 decades and how re-inventing this old narrative helps her live a richer and more powerful life.

Our February speaker is Akira Satake

Collaborate with the moment…

In his work as a potter, Satake considers the act of creation a collaboration between himself, the clay, and the fire.  In this context, collaboration means finding what the clay wants to be and bringing out its beauty in the way that the beauty of our surroundings is created through the random hand of Nature.  

His approach to life can be seen much the same way; not to face it as a series of obstacles or opportunities, but as limitless chances to engage, or collaborate, with the moment.  

He will discuss his multiple passions for ceramics, photography and music production, and how his life philosophy has shaped and propelled each of these careers.

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Akira Satake was born in Osaka, Japan, where his first serious passion was American roots music.  In his early teens he taught himself to play guitar and banjo listening to his older brother’s Doc Watson and Flatt and Scruggs recordings.  He played in music clubs throughout high school, went on to study another passion, photography, at Osaka School of Visual Arts, and worked as a studio photographer for four years.

In his early 20s, Akira relocated to New York City and spent two decades honing his innovative banjo playing in venues from Village clubs to Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall.  He went on to master the shamisen (Japanese banjo) in his own original style. Akira’s collection of original compositions, “Cooler Heads Prevail,” won the 1998 German Music Critics’ Award for Best World Music Recording.

In the early 90s Akira also started up a music production business and partnered in a World Music record label.  Twelve high pressure years in NYC’s music scene ultimately drove him to seek a creative outlet in order to destress, and he found this outlet in ceramics.  

From his first class at Greenwich House Pottery in NYC, he knew he was meant to be a potter.

Akira quickly found an audience for his ceramics and began doing craft shows in NYC and the metropolitan area.  He decided to leave NYC in 2003 in order to find a place where it would be more affordable for him to have studio space and kilns, and in 2003 he and his family moved to Asheville, NC.  

Here he continues to pursue his passion and has built several kilns, including a gas fired and a wood burning kiln. In 2013 he opened Akira Satake Ceramics/Gallery Mugen as his working studio and exhibition space in the River Arts District in Asheville. He has been invited to give workshops and presentations in France, Belgium, Australia, Israel, Spain and Indonesia, and his work is widely sought after by collectors around the world.

The Philadelphia Museum has given him the National Award for Excellence in Contemporary Clay, and in 2015 “A Craftsman’s Legacy” - a national weekly television series on PBS - featured his life and work.