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Artist: Masa Sasaki


Masa Sasaki
Masa Sasaki, GEORGIA
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Masayuki Sasaki, is a classically trained artist, with multi-facetted interests. He is an accomplished pianist, award-winning painter and uniquely stylistic potter. Since moving from his native Japan in the late 1980s, he has impressed teachers, patrons, and his fellow artists with his unique sense of precision and artistic vision. “We live in the world where we are surrounded by machine made  and mass-produced goods today. I feel, as a contemporary craftsman, the need to validate the value of handmade items by making things that could not be easily duplicated and unique to my own artistic perspective. For me it is not enough that a final piece be essentially functional and pleasant, it must also be lasting in its desirability for use. Long after I have ceased to be productive the pieces that I accomplish today should still be enjoyed, appreciated, and used. This is the elusive quality that brings value to functional art, the lasting character that transcends the artist and outlives him. Whether in my paintings, musical composition, sculpture or pottery I desire most of all that the usefulness and esthetic appeal be both easily perceived, and lasting.

 

Education      

1996    Bachelor of Fine Arts, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY

 

Selected Exhibition

2023

“Meoto Yunomi”, invitational, No.5 Butchie Alley, Phliladelphia, PA

“Americano Invitational”, invitational, Clay Akar, Iowa City, IA

”Thanksgiving Table: The Butter Dish”, invitational, Clay Akar, Iowa City, IA

Cup: The Intimate Object XIX” , invitational, Charlie Cummings Gallery, Gainesville, FL

”Material Mug VIII”, invitational, Companion Gallery, Humboldt, TN

“17th Yunomi Invitational”, invitational, Clay Akar, invitational, Iowa City, IA

“Brick by Brick Mini Auction Series”, invitational, The Bray, Helena, MT

 

2022

“Shape + Form”, solo feature, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA

“Clayfest 2022”, invitational, Saratoga Clay Arts Center, Schuylerville, NY

“Martinis & Mistletoe”, invitational, KMAC Museum Shop, Louisville, KY

“Americano Invitational”, invitational, Clay Akar, Iowa City, IA

”Thanksgiving Table: The Butter Dish”, invitational, Clay Akar, Iowa City, IA

“Halloween Delights”, invitational, Charlie Cummings Gallery, Gainesville, FL

Cup: The Intimate Object XVIII” , invitational, Charlie Cummings Gallery, Gainesville, FL

“Polyphonic Conversation”, solo show, Signature Contemporary Craft, Atlanta, Ga

”Material Mug VII”, invitational, Companion Gallery, Humboldt, TN

“Virtual Makers Market” , Invitational, The Ceramics Congress Conference, Australia

“Starry Night, 11th Annual Spring Auction”, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN

“16th Yunomi Invitational”, invitational, Clay Akar, invitational, Iowa City, IA

"Featured Artist”, solo show, Clay Akar, Iowa City, IW

“New Work”, solo show, Charlie Cummings Gallery, Gainesville, FL

 

2021

“Clay Studio Shop Artist”, invitational, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA

“Theme and Variations”, solo exhibition, Plough Gallery, Tifton, GA

“The Cup Show”, invitational, Worcester Center for Crafts, Worcester, MA

“The Cup, The Mug 2021”, invitational, Main Street Gallery, Clifton Springs, NY

“Clay to Table”, virtual event, online event, Asheville, NC

“The Big Crafty”, art fair, Asheville, NC

“New Work” , Charlie Cummings Gallery, Gainesville, FL

“Cup The Intimate Object XVII” invitational, Charlie Cummings Gallery, Gainesville, FL

“The Functional Canvas VI”, invitational, Charlie Cummings Gallery, Gainesville, FL

“15th Yunomi Invitational”, invitational, Clay Akar, invitational, Iowa City, IA

"22nd Annual ART PAPERS Art Auction", Invitational,  Atlanta, GA

“The Table”, invitational, NCECA Gallery Expo, virtual event, Signature gallery, Atlanta, GA

“Southern Crossings Pottery Festival”, invitational, virtual event, Louisville, KY

 

2020

“3rd Annual Holiday Pop-up”, invitational, Laney Contemporary, Savannah, GA

“8th Annual Americano Invitational”, invitational, Clay Akar, Iowa City, IA

“KMAC Shop Virtual Happy Hour Event” , invitational, KMAC shop (Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft), Louisville, KY

"little Things 2020",  invitational, Swan Coach House Gallery, Atlanta, GA

“The Cup, The Mug 2020”, juried exhibition, juror, Main Street Arts, Clifton Springs, NY

“Cup: the Intimate Object XVI”, invitational, Charlie Cummings Gallery, Gainesville, FL

“The Alien, The Princess and The Mind”, solo exhibition, River Oaks Square Arts Center, Alexiandria, LA

"14th Yunomi Invitational", invitational, Clay Akar, Iowa City, IA

“The Table: Plates, Cups and Other Tableware” invitational, Signature Gallery, Atlanta, GA

“Sip: A ceramic Cup Show 2020”, juried, Savannah, GA

"21st Annual ART PAPERS Art Auction", Invitational,  Atlanta, GA

 

2019

“Handmade Now” maker spotlight, invitational, KMAC shop (Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft), Louisville, KY

“Annual Winterfest Show”, invitational, Baltimore Clay Works, Baltimore, MD

“Thanksgiving Table”, invitational, Clay Akar, Iowa City, IA

“Good things: Come in Small Packages Exhibition”, juried, the Flower City Arts Center, Rochester, NY, juried by Renee LoPresti

“Little Things 2019”, invitational, Swan Coach House Gallery, Atlanta, GA

“Cup: the Intimate Object XV”, invitational, Charlie Cummings Gallery, Gainesville, FL

“UnWedged”, juried, Pottery Northwest, Seattle, WA,  juried by Tip Toland                

“27th Annual Strictly Functional Pottery National 2018”, juried, Lancaster, PA, juried by Malcolm Smith, 

“Drink 2”, juried, Silpe Gallery, University of Hartford,  West Hartford, CT  juried by Lydia Johnson

"13th Yunomi Invitational", invitational, Clay Akar, Iowa City, IA 

“7th Annual Cup Show”, juried, Jansen Art Center, Lynden, WA. received “Judge’s choice”

“The Summer Swan Invitational: Southern Pottery & Homemade Objects”, invitational, Swan Coach House Gallery, Atlanta, GA 

“Georgia Artist: A Juried Exhibition”, juried, Abernathy Arts Center, Atlanta, GA. received “3rd place” and cash prize.

“The Hudgens 3rd National Juried & Invitational Cup Exhibition", invitational, Hudgens Center for the Arts, Duluth, GA, juried by Roberto Lugo

"NCECA, Collaborative Companion II", Companion Gallery Collaborations, Union Project, Minneapolis, MN. (NCECA2019)

"Art of Clay National Juried Show”, juried, North Carolina Pottery Center, Seagrove, NC juried by Douglas Fitch

“Sip: A Ceramic Cup Show”, juried, Savannah Clay Community, Savannah, GA juried by Liz Zlot Summerfield

"20th Annual ART PAPERS Art Auction", Invitational,  Atlanta, GA 

 

2018  

“7th Amricano Invitational”, invitational, Clay Akar, Iowa City, IA

“Craft Forms 2018, 24th international juried exhibition of contemporary fine craft’, juried, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA, juried by Perry Allen Price 

“The Cup, the mug 2018”, juried, Main Street Arts Gallery, Clifton Springs, NY juried by Melissa Weiss and Jenny Mendes

“26th Annual Strictly Functional Pottery National 2018”, juried, Lancaster, PA, juried by Ben Carter received “Best Use of Color” award by AMACO

"2018 Shapes of Influence Biennial Ceramics Exhibition", competition, Springfield Art Association, Springfield, IL, juried by Simon Levin

"Featured Artist",  Charlie Cummings Gallery, solo exhibition,  Gainesville, FL

"12th Yunomi Invitational", invitational, Clay Akar, Iowa City, IA

"Coffee and Clay", invitational, Pottery Northwest, Seattle, WA

"4th Annual Dirty South Cup Call and Competition", juried, Alexandria, LA  received "best in show" and cash prize  juried by Sam Chung

"Collaborative Companion", Companion Gallery Collaborations, Union Project, Pittsburgh, PA. (NCECA2018)

"Last Call III", juried exhibition, Companion Gallery, Humboldt, TN  juried by Brett Kern

"Small Favors", juried, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA

"19th Annual ART PAPERS Art Auction", Invitational,  Atlanta, GA

"Ware/Wear: Cup and Earring Exhibition", juried, Pocasin Arts Gallery, Columbia, SC  juried by Doug Peltzman

"Sip: A Ceramic Cup show", juried, Savannah Clay Community, Savannah, GA   juried by Ben Carter

"Abernathy Annual Clay Review", invitational, Abernathy Arts Center, Sandy Springs, GA

"Clay as Canvas", juried,  Clay Center of New Orleans, New Orleans, LA   juried by Chandra Debuse

 

2017                

"The Cup, The Mug 2017",  juried, Main Street  Gallery,  Clifton Springs, NY,  juried by Peter Pincus  received "best in show" and cash prize

"little Things Mean A Lot",  invitational, Swan Coach House Gallery, Atlanta, GA

"Big Crafty, Holiday Event",  juried craft show, Asheville, NC

"Art Visions", Invitational, Paideia School, GA

"Cups: The Intimate Object XIII", invitational, Charlie Cummings Gallery, Chapel Hill, NC

"Lights Out",  solo exhibition, Signature Contemporary Craft, Atlanta, GA

"The Big Crafty-Summer Crafty", juried craft show, Asheville, NC

"First Annual Dogseye Gallery Mug Show", juried exhibition, San Marcos, TX   juried by Renee Lopresti

"The Hudgens 2nd National Juried & Invitational Cup Exhibition"Hudgens Center for the Arts, Duluth, GA

"12th Annual Fired Works Regional Ceramics Exhibition and Sale" , Macon, GA

"TEA: The Ritual and The Art, juried exhibition, Plough Gallery, Tifton, GA

"Root City Market  - Spring Pop Up", Atlanta, GA

"Last Call II", juried exhibition, juror's choice award, Companion Gallery, Humboldt, TN

"Small Fovors: Think Inside the Box",  juried exhibition, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA

"18th Annual ART PAPERS Art Auction", Invitational,  Atlanta, GA 

 

2016               

"Art Visions", Invitational, Paideia School, GA

"Designed and Crafted 16",  Signature gallery + Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta, GA

"Irons in the Fire", juried exhibition, Companion Gallery, Humboldt, TN

"Beyond Cups and Bowls, a Juried Fine Art Clay Competition", received 1st place, Newnan,  GA                     

“Contemporary Southern Pottery and Handmade Objects”, Swan Coach House Gallery,  Atlanta, GA

"11th Annual Fired Works Regional Ceramics Exhibition and Sale" , Macon, GA

"17th Annual ART PAPERS Art Auction", Invitational,  Atlanta, GA

"Small Favors XI",  juried exhibition, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA

 

Honors/Awards

Honorable Mention and cash prize, “Unwedged 2019”, juried, Pottery Northwest, Seattle, WA, juried by Tip Toland 2019

Judge’s Choice and cash prize, “7th Annual Cup Show”, juried, Jansen Art Center, Lynden, WA 2019

3rd Place and cash prize, “Georgia Artist: A Juried Exhibition”, juried, Abernathy Arts Center, Atlanta, GA 2019

Best Use of Color by AMACO, “26th Annual Strictly Functional Pottery National 2018”, juried, Lancaster, PA, juried by Ben Carter 2018

Best in show and cash prize, "4th Annual Dirty South Cup Call and Competition", juried, Alexandria, LA  juried by Sam Chung 2018

Best in show and cash prize, "The Cup, The Mug 2017",  juried, Main Street  Gallery,  Clifton Springs, NY,  juried by Peter Pincus, 2017

Juror’s choice award, "Last Call II", juried exhibition, Companion Gallery, Humboldt, TN 2017

Best in show and cash prize, "Beyond Cups and Bowls, a Juried Fine Art Clay Competition", Newnan,  GA 2016    

 

Related Work Experience

2022

Lenox + The Clay Studio: Celebrating The Art of Pottery” , collaborative project, Philadelphia, PA

“Lunch and Learn”, online conversations with ceramic artists, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA

2020

Workshop Presenter, River Oak Square Arts Center, Alexandria, LA

“The Cup, The Mug 2020”, juried the national exhibition, Main Street Arts, Clifton Springs, NY

 

Publication and Press

2023

L&L Kilns Potters Catalog 2023, page 4+20,L&L Kilns, Swedesboro, NJ

2022

Ceramics Monthly Magazine, “Shifting Form and Holding Wonder”, Erin Shafkind, Feburary, 2022

Atlanta Magazine, “Scout”, page 31, November, 22

2019

Mug Shot, Yes Plz Weekly, Los Angels, Aug, 2019

Expoure, Images from Current and Upcoming Exhibitions. Ceramics Monthly, May, 2019

2015                

“This Little Light” by Linda Jerkins , Southernfinds (online magazine), photo and feature                                       article  March 16

"Everyday Indulgences see the light in Atlanta", by Linda Jerkins,  Atlanta Journal                                               Constitution, section E Living & Arts page E-14, color photo and feature article, March 15

2014                

"Events, gallery shows can help you find gifts by artists, crafters" Atlanta Journal                                               Constitution,  photo and article, p. D5   November 22

“Around Atlanta” Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles  magazine, design publication, color photo,                                 pg.30, Atlanta, GA ,  June

“Better Mornings Atlanta 46”, TV appearance, CBS TV local art show report, Atlanta, GA



Audio Publication

2021

“Nothing Being Wasted with Masa Sasaki”, Podcast episode 65, The Brain Fuzz Art Podcast, Joe Camoosa and Matthew White, October 16, 2021

“Masa Sasaki on Making a Living as a Potter”, Podcast episode 362, Tales of a Red Clay Rambler, Ben Carter, Feburary 24, 2021

2019

“Being Where You Can Be Found”, Podcast episode 488, The Potters Cast, Paul Blais, January 8, 2019

 

Gallery Representation

Signature Gallery, Atlanta, GA
Plough gallery, Tifton, GA
Charlie Cummings Gallery, Gainesville, FL
Clay Akar, Iowa City, IA
Horse and Hero, Asheville, NC
Lucy Lacoste Gallery, Concord, MA
The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA
KMAC (Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft), Museum shop, Louisville, KY
Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts Museum Store,  Little Rock, AR
Saratoga Clay Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, NY

 


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