Akiko Hirai

Akiko Hirai is a Japanese artist based in London, UK. She completed her BA (Hons) in Ceramics at the London Institute  Central Saint Martins.

“You look up your head from the book that you are sinking into, your eyes start wondering around your dining table. There is a half drunken coffee, a piece of bread on a plate and some fruits in a bowl. The shadows of those familiar objects fall onto the table in early afternoon sunlight. A little moment of confusion, you do not know whether you are in scenery of the book you are reading or in an unfinished painting that does not exist in your little flat. Then you realise, you are just in one of your ordinary days.” 

Materials, glazes and care

Still life series bottles and mugs: Dishwasher safe. Stoneware, white engobe, Dolomite glaze
Sake bottle and cups: Delicate hand wash. Stoneware, Ash glaze, white feldspar base glaze, multiple layer  of slip
Pond series: Delicate. Hand wash. Red Stoneware, white engobe, high alkaline base glaze
Dobin teapot: Hand wash (do not use bleach as it changes the taste of tea.) Stoneware, Ash glaze
Drawing plate: Dishwasher safe. Stoneware, White engobe, Dolomite glaze
Wild Flower vase: Delicate. Hand wash.
Yellow Mugs: Dishwasher safe. Stoneware Ash glaze yellow glaze on exterior, Iron glaze interior.

Click here to view artworks by Akiko Hirai in the gallery stockroom

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