Ceramic Pot, 50cm x 43cm, 2017
Rounded and generous in form, Akiko Hirai’s aptly named Moon Jars have thick volcanic glazes streaming down the sides or encrusted on the surface.
Akiko’s work is a fusion of Japanese and British ceramic traditions. She uses a dark, coarse clay for much of her work, with a matt white glaze that acts as a veil. Once fired, the chemical impurities of the underlying clay create subtle, often unpredictable, areas of colour and shade that can be glimpsed through the whiteness. She welcomes the sense of ambiguity this produces. In form her vessels are strong, simple and assured.
Read more about Akiko’s work here
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