Akiko Hirai – Ceramics

Akiko Hirai

recent ceramics

We are delighted to present a stunning collection of Akiko Hirai’s work which continues to show in the gallery as well and can be seen below. Her recent exhibition here was of exceptional quality and was very well received. Akiko Hirai was shortlisted for the prestigious international Loewe Craft Prize 2019.

Akiko Hirai’s new work is shown below. To enquire about Akiko Hirai’s work, please call us on +44 (0)1308 459511 or email gallery@sladersyard.co.uk. We will take your calls and emails in the order they come in. We are happy to ship pots for you if you cannot come here to Dorset.

The pots have been loaded in five groups. The first one shows all the pots that are still available. The four other groups show the whole exhibition. Please click on an image to see a slide show of larger images with captions and prices. You will need to come out of the slide show and go into the next one to see all five groups. Enjoy.


NEW STOCK ADDED (also added to the available pots shown above):

Akiko Hirai One of a Kind, Part 1

Akiko Hirai One of a Kind Part 2

Akiko Hirai Part 3

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

Akiko 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 a remarkable purity.  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. 

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 to enquire about any of Akiko Hirai’s pots.

5 Responses to Akiko Hirai – Ceramics

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  3. Marie says:

    Akiko cup – what’s the dimensions and price?


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