Akiko HiraiBorn: 1970
Place of Birth: Japan
Akiko Hirai was born in Japan in 1970. She moved to London in 1999, studying ceramics at the University of Westminster and Central St. Martins. Akiko’s work is both a blend of Japanese and British studio pottery traditions resulting in asymmetrical, ‘imperfect’ organic forms.
"My preference of choosing types of clay when making white ware is the dark and coarse clay most of the time. The whiteness acts as a membrane or a veil. The hints of the true nature of the material appear slightly on the surface. Dark clay which consists of many impurities induces strong chemical changes in heat and the trace of events remains under the veil when it cools down. White, on the other hand, is more stable because of its purity. It is already settled and has a feeling of “stillness”.
Superficially my work appears to be quiet in white. It does not show the rawness of Mother Nature directly. A symbolic figure always looks more perfect than the actual person he/she is. Imagination and fantasy always reinforce the imperfection and achieve the perfection with its own originality. Therefore the completion of my work is done by the viewers. My work is a creation on its own."
2002-2003 London Institute Central Saint Martins, School of Graphics and Industrial Design London
2000- 2002 University of Westminster Harrow (transffrred to St. Martins)
1989-1993 Aichi Gakuin University, Japan
Public Collections include: Keramikmuseum Westerwald (Westerwald Ceramic Museum), Germany
Hirai was the subject of a solo exhibition in March 2017.
Medium Moon Jar2017StonewareH:43cm D:35cm£2,200
Still Life Bottles and Yunomis2017StonewareH:7-25cm W:6-10cm£45 - £200
Ash Dobin Teapot2017StonewareH:23cm W:15cm£200
Dry Kohiki Jug & Dry Kohiki Milk Jug2017StonewareH:9-22cm D:7-17cm£65 - £220
Large Korean Ash Bowls2017StonewareH:9cm D:21cm£240 each
Black and Ash Teabowl & Grey and Green Teabowl2017StonewareH:7-8cm D:13.5-14.5cm£200 each (left sold)
Fossil Plate II2017StonewareH:7cm D:40cm£300
Sake Bottles & Sake Cups2017StonewareH:5.5-14cm D:6-10cm£120 (bottles sold) & £60 (cups - one cup available)
Small Tripod Vase, Large Tripod Vase & Pod Vase I2017StonewareH:14-17cm D:12-15cm£200 - £220 (middle sold)
Kohiki Fluted Vase I & II2017StonewareH:24-27cm D:14-18cm£300 each (right sold)
White Moon Jar2015StonewareH:41cm W:35cmSold
Dry Kohiki Cereal Bowls (Cream & Grey)2017StonewareH:8cm D:9.5-13cm£80 each (right sold)
Dry Kohiki Faceted Mugs2017StonewareH:8cm W:9.5cm£65 each (left and right sold)