This hand thrown beautifully round, ceramic jug by Akiko Hirai has a smooth, glazed interior with a roughly textured exterior, resembling the touch of stone. It has a lightly coloured body, layered with slightly darker toned speckles. The rawness of the jug is aesthetically pleasing, highlighting Akiko’s intuitive way of working. Her practice is innovative, leading to creating unique and in this case functional works of art.
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.