Hand thrown faceted stoneware grey bowl with a dry matt glazed exterior and a gloss glazed interior.
The beauty of this faceted bowl is a piece that will be increasingly appreciated over time. Within its form and tones, it is almost deceiving in its simplicity, yet with an interesting textured surface. It is high fired and fully functional.
Dimensions: H-8 cm x W-12 cm
As all products are handmade, sizes and colour may vary slightly.
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 privately at the studio of British potter Chris Bramble, before going on to study ceramics 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. She works rhythmically and spontaneously with rough dark clay in varying building techniques; from hand building, coiling, throwing on the potter’s wheel and slip casting. Multiple layers of glazes and slips in contrasting lighter tones are then applied. Akiko’s use of white glaze acts as a veil, obscuring and also revealing the true nature of the material underneath, of the chemical reactions that occur when dark clay is fired in the kiln. This results in wonderfully complex and unrefined textures.
Akiko’s work 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.