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2 November 2023 - 25 November 2023

Extra Large Moon Jar I, 2023

stoneware, porcelain, glaze, wood ash
H:65cm W:52cm
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Fossil Plate Dark Green, 2023

glazed stoneware, red and white engobe
H:6cm D:39.5cm
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Fossil Plate Pink, 2023

glazed stoneware, red and white engobe
H:6cm D:41cm
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White Large Textured Jar, 2023

stoneware, porcelain glaze
H:46cm W:42cm
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Extra Large Moon Jar ‘View from the Aeroplane’, 2023

stoneware, porcelain slip, wood ash
H:67cm W:58cm D:55cm
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Black Moon Jar, 2023

stoneware, black wood ash glaze
H:34cm W:33cm
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Still Life Jug White I, 2023

stoneware, white engobe, shino glaze
H:19cm W:18cm D:12cm
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Still Life Jug White II, 2023

stoneware, white engobe, shino glaze
H:20cm W:18cm D:13cm
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Still Life Jug White III, 2023

stoneware, white engobe, shino glaze
H:19cm W:21cm D:14cm
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Still Life Cups, Still Life Cups Long & Still Life Cereal Bowls White, 2023

stoneware, white engobe, shino glaze
H:8.5-11cm W:8-13cm
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Into the Forest, Shino Fluted Vase, 2021

glazed stoneware
H:25cm W:20.5cm
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Mini Moon Jar Blue Round I, 2023

stoneware, porcelain glaze, wood ash
H:20cm W:16cm
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Mini Moon Jar Blue Round II, 2023

stoneware, porcelain glaze, wood ash
H:23cm W:18cm
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Mini Moon Jar Blue Round III, 2023

stoneware, porcelain glaze, wood ash
H:20cm W:20cm
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Mini Moon Blue Vase Form I, 2023

stoneware, porcelain glaze, wood ash
H:22cm W:16cm
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Mini Moon Blue Vase Form II, 2023

stoneware, porcelain glaze, wood ash
H:24cm W:18cm
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Mini Moon Blue Vase Form III, 2023

stoneware, porcelain glaze, wood ash
H:26cm W:18cm
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Dry Kohiki Flower Petal Cereal Bowl White, 2023

stoneware, black slip, white engobe, interior transparent glaze
H:9cm W:12.5cm
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Dry Kohiki Flower Petal Cereal Bowl Grey, 2023

stoneware, black slip, white engobe, interior transparent glaze
H:8.5cm W:12.5cm
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Dry Kohiki Flower Petal Jug Grey, 2023

stoneware, black slip, white engobe, interior transparent glaze
H:22cm W:18cm D:13cm
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Dry Kohiki Flower Petal Jug Grey II, 2023

stoneware, black slip, white engobe, interior transparent glaze
H:19.5cm W:17cm D:14cm
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Dry Kohiki Flower Petal Serving Bowl White, 2023

stoneware, black slip, white engobe, interior transparent glaze
H:14.5cm W:29cm
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Dry Kohiki Flower Petal Serving Bowl Grey, 2023

stoneware, black slip, white engobe, interior transparent glaze
H:15cm W:29.5cm
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Dry Kohiki Flower Petal Yunomi White, 2023

stoneware, black slip, white engobe, interior transparent glaze
H:9.5cm W:9cm
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Dry Kohiki Flower Petal Yunomi Grey, 2023

stoneware, black slip, white engobe, interior transparent glaze
H:9.5cm W:9cm
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Dry Kohiki Dobin Teapot Grey, 2023

stoneware, black slip, white engobe, interior transparent glaze
H:27cm W:16cm D:14cm
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Dry Kohiki Dobin Teapot White, 2023

stoneware, black slip, white engobe, interior transparent glaze
H:26.5cm W:16cm D:14cm
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Pomegranate Sake Bottle, 2023

stoneware, white slip, shino glaze
H:12.5cm W:10.5cm
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Sake Bottle Plain Hakeme, 2023

stoneware, white slip, shino glaze
H:15cm W:10cm
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Sake Bottle Antique Hakeme, 2023

stoneware, black slip, white engobe
H:13cm W:10cm
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Sake Choko Hakeme I & II, 2023

stoneware, white slip, shino glaze
H:5cm W:5.5cm
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Sake Choko Hakeme III & IV, 2023

stoneware, white slip, shino glaze
H:5cm W:5cm
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Sake Bottle Antique Hakeme Honey I & Sake Choko Hakeme Honey II & I, 2023

stoneware, black slip, textured honey glaze
H:13cm W:10.5cm
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Sake Bottle Antique Hakeme Honey II & Sake Choko Hakeme Honey III & IV, 2023

stoneware, white slip, textured honey glaze
H:13cm W:10cm
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Ash Black Sake Bottle & Ash Black Sake Chokos, 2023

stoneware, black wood ash glaze
H:5.5-14cm W:5-9cm
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Teabowl ‘Stone Flower 1’, 2023

glazed stoneware, red and white engobe
H:7.5cm W:12cm
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Teabowl ‘Stone Flower 2’, 2023

glazed stoneware, red and white engobe
H:7cm W:12cm
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Teabowl ‘Green Strech’, 2023

glazed stoneware, red and white engobe
H:7.5cm W:13cm
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Ash Black Teabowl ‘Gesshoku’, 2023

stoneware, black wood ash glaze
H:8cm W:12cm
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‘Off’ Serving Bowl White, 2023

stoneware, white slip, shino glaze
H:13cm W:26cm
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‘Off’ Serving Bowl Black, 2023

stoneware, black wood ash glaze
H:14cm W:26cm
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Shallow Kohiki Bowl Chattering Mark I, 2023

stoneware, white engobe, shino glaze
H:6cm W:28cm
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Shallow Kohiki Bowl Chattering Mark II, 2023

stoneware, white engobe, shino glaze
H:6cm W:26.5cm
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Shallow Moon Bowl Pouring Metal I, 2023

glazed stoneware
H:4.5cm W:26cm
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Shallow Moon Bowl Pouring Metal II, 2023

glazed stoneware
H:5cm W:25.5cm
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Plain Porcelain Vase for Chaenomeles Japonica I, 2023

porcelain, transparent glaze
H:16cm W:13cm
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Porcelain Moon Jar for Roses III, 2023

porcelain, transparent glaze
H:26cm W:22cm
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Plain Porcelain Vase for Chaenomeles Japonica II, 2023

porcelain, transparent glaze
H:16cm W:13cm
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Kohiki Moon Jar, 2023

stoneware, porcelain glaze
H:32cm W:28cm
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Large Moon Jar Blue, 2023

stoneware, porcelain, glaze, wood ash
H:50cm W:45cm
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Small Moon Jar Blue, 2023

stoneware, porcelain, glaze, wood ash
H:33cm W:30cm
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Mini Moon Jar Blue, 2023

stoneware, porcelain, glaze, wood ash
H:21.5cm W:17.5cm
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Medium Moon Jar White, 2023

stoneware, porcelain, glaze, wood ash
H:48cm W:42cm
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Small Moon Jar Round, 2023

stoneware, porcelain, glaze, wood ash
H:35cm W:30cm
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Fossil Plate Shadow, 2023

glazed stoneware, red and white engobe
H:7.5cm D:40cm
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Fossil Plate Fog, 2023

glazed stoneware, red and white engobe
H:6cm D:44cm
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Etsuke Kohiki Donburi I, 2023

glazed ceramic
H:8cm W:21cm
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Etsuke Kohiki Donburi II, 2023

glazed ceramic
H:8cm W:20.5cm
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Round Fluted Poppy Pod, 2023

stoneware, porcelain slip, wood ash
H:32cm W:28cm
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Indentation Poppy Pod, 2023

stoneware, porcelain slip, wood ash
H:23cm W:17.5cm
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Tall Pointed Poppy Pod, 2023

stoneware, porcelain slip, wood ash
H:19.5cm W:10cm
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Faceted Poppy Pod, 2023

stoneware, porcelain slip, wood ash
H:12.5cm W:9cm
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Plain Poppy Pod, 2023

stoneware, porcelain slip, wood ash
H:13cm W:9cm
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Sake Bottle I, 2023

stoneware, porcelain glaze, wood ash
H:15.5cm W:11cm
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Sake Bottle II, 2023

stoneware, porcelain glaze, wood ash
H:15cm W:12cm
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Sake Bottle III, 2023

stoneware, porcelain glaze, wood ash
H:15cm W:10.5cm
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Sake Bottle IV, 2023

stoneware, porcelain glaze, wood ash
H:17cm W:10cm
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Sake Bottle VI, 2023

stoneware, porcelain glaze, wood ash
H:16cm W:14cm
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Sake Bottle VII, 2023

stoneware, porcelain glaze, wood ash
H:15cm W:14cm
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Sake Bottle VIII, 2023

stoneware, porcelain glaze, wood ash
H:15cm W:12cm
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Sake Choko I, 2023

stoneware, porcelain glaze, wood ash
H:5cm W:7.5cm
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Sake Choko V, VII & XIIII, 2023

stoneware, porcelain glaze, wood ash
H:7cm W:4cm
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Sake Choko X & VIII, 2023

stoneware, porcelain glaze, wood ash
H:7.5cm W:4.5cm
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Sake Choko IX, XI & XIII, 2023

stoneware, porcelain glaze, wood ash
H:8.5cm W:4.5cm
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Still Life Bottles Grey I ( set of 6), 2023

glazed stoneware, white engobe
H:7-25cm W:6cm
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Still Life Bottles Grey II (set of 6), 2023

glazed stoneware, white engobe
H:13-26cm W:5-6cm
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Still Life Bottles White I (set of 6), 2023

glazed stoneware
H:15-23cm W:6-6.5cm
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Still Life Bottles White II (set of 6), 2023

glazed stoneware
H:15-22cm W:5.5cm
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Still Life Bottles Black I (set of 6), 2023

stoneware
H:17.5-27cm W:6-7cm
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Still Life Bottles Black II (set of 6), 2023

stoneware
H:10-26cm W:5.5-6cm
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Still Life Bottles Beige (set of 6), 2023

stoneware
H:8-23cm W:5-6cm
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Still Life Bottles White (set of 3), 2023

stoneware
H:23-26cm W:5-6cm
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Still Life Bottles Black III (set of 6), 2023

stoneware
H:16-31cm W:5-6cm
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Born: 1970
Place of Birth: Shizuoka, 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.’ – Akiko Hirai

2002-2003 Central Saint Martins, School of Graphics and Industrial Design, London
2000- 2002 University of Westminster Harrow (transferred to St. Martins)
1989-1993 Aichi Gakuin University, Japan

Public Collections include:
Hepworth Wakefield Collection; Everson Museum, Syracuse, New York, USA; Victoria and Albert Museum, London; National Museum of Ireland; The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge; Keramikmuseum Westerwald (Westerwald Ceramic Museum), Germany

Hirai was shortlisted for the LOEWE craft prize 2019.


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