Method: hand thrown, with layers of slip and glaze applied afterwards
A striking, one-of-a-kind form by Akiko Hirari has a richly textured, three dimensional surface. The lightly toned, glossy glaze compliments the bold in colour body, catching the eye of the viewer instantly. The layered fragments resemble the touch of stone, tactile and rough. Akiko used her hand-built gas kiln to fire this moon jar several times, in order to achieve these experimental qualities. Her innovative processes lead to creating unique, inspiring 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.