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Akiko Hirai – Pair of Sake Choco Cups 1

Akiko Hirai – Pair of Sake Choco Cups 1
  • Choco Sake Cups by Akiko Hirai

Hand thrown, Stoneware

Approx 5.5cm x 8cm


This pair of Choco Sake Cups by Akiko Hirai features the same thick volcanic glazes that stream down the sides or are encrusted on the surfaces of her mammoth moon jars.  We never tire of her use of textures, wonderful glazes and forms.

Much sought after, Akiko’s work is a fusion of Japanese and British ceramic traditions.  We love the contrasts inherent in Akiko’s work, her ceramic repertoire includes a range of domestic ware; teapots, bowls, cups, storage jars, sake bottles, plates and vases and so on, and her more ornamental, large scale pieces like her moon jars. It’s the simplicity yet complexity of Akiko’s work that leaves us open-mouthed every time we see it. It appears both fragile and solid, glossy and raw. It takes a highly skilled ceramicist to achieve this balance, and Akiko has skill in spades which is why her work has such a following and is collected worldwide.

In 2019 Akiko Hirai was shortlisted as a finalist for the Loewe Craft Prize.

Read our interview with Akiko here

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