Method: Hand thrown, glazed stoneware, matt glazed exterior and a gloss glazed interior.
With its rustic mottled surface layered with earthy green glazes, this splintered moon jar embraces the imperfection and irregularity of everyday life. It is part of a series of work where the artist embraces elements of chance and alchemy to produce one off pieces that connect to the rawness of nature. Deeply textured, the use of rough, dark clay, creates a strong visual contrast between the textured surface and the smooth calmness of the glazed exterior. As though an unearthed relic from antiquity, this handmade vessel demonstrates Hirai's intricate, intensely tactile process, accentuating the absence of mechanised production to pertain to a sense of what it means to be human, raw, fragile yet at the same time complete.
As all products are handmade, sizes and colour may vary slightly.
About the Artist:
Akiko Hirai was born in Japan, where she trained in cognitive psychology. Her motivation to study ceramics came soon after moving to England in 1999, where she was introduced to the Korean moon jars in the British Museum. She trained at the University of Westminster and Central St. Martins. Her unique style combines British and Japanese pottery traditions.
Akiko’s versatility as a ceramicist is displayed in the huge range of beautiful practical and decorative objects that she has produced and which is displayed worldwide, in private and public collections, including the V&A, The Fitzwillam Museum, Westerwald Ceramic Museum, National Museum of Ireland and the Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse, NY. She taught ceramics at Kensington and Chelsea college between 2005 and 2015, acting as Head of the Department in her final years. In 2019 Akiko was shortlisted for the prestigious Loewe Craft Prize.