Akiko Hirai – Ceramics

Akiko Hirai

Of Myths and Moons

Saturday 24 June to Sunday 3 September 2017

Akiko Hirai’s next major exhibition here will be this summer. Her ceramics are continuously in stock at Sladers Yard and we do still have a small stock of still life bottles available before that date. Please let us know if you would like a notification when Akiko’s new pots are available to view online.

Akiko Hirai was born in Japan in March 1970. She initially studied cognitive psychology in Japan and obtained her degree before coming to England. She took a degree course in ceramics at the University of Westminster, then went on to graduate from Central St. Martins. She now practises her ceramic art in Stoke Newington, London.

Akiko Hirai Rain Leak small plates AH29 and 30 16.5cm wide £88 eachAkiko Hirai makes practical ware using the Japanese tradition of allowing the clay to show how it wants to be fired itself. Her work also allows the viewers to find out the language of the objects in their own ways. She focuses on the interaction between objects and viewers. Her unique approach to ceramic work has had much attention and praise and her work is in demand from commissions in England and world-wide.

From the start she has been heralded as a unique talent.  Her intensely handmade tableware has the purity of salt.  Deeply textured, glazed in soft white, matt black and natural colours, her forms are those of workware, simple and satisfying.  She chooses very rough dark clay and often glazes it with white, which forms a veil between the rough forms underneath and the smooth calm of the exterior. Her range is extensive and fine pieces of porcelain join Moon Jars and deeply glazed platters. 

Akiko Hirai poppy seed vase

Poppy Seed Vases

AH1_Moon Jar 1

Moon Jar I

Akiko Hirai Dry Kohiki Orange Cereal Bowls

Dry Kohiki Orange Cereal Bowls

Akiko Hirai Collingwood1

Collingwood Deep Glaze Platter

The following is the documentary from the London Korean Cultural Centre’s Moon Jar exhibition in 2013, Aspheric Light by James Kelly.  Four ceramic artists from the UK took part. Akiko Hirai’s section of the film starts at 13.52.

Please contact Sladers Yard on t: 01308 459511 or email gallery@sladersyard.co.uk if you would like a notification when Akiko Hirai’s pots become available to view online.

Akiko Hirae ceramics delivery

4 Responses to Akiko Hirai – Ceramics

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  2. Marie says:

    Akiko cup – what’s the dimensions and price?


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