Akiko Hirai produces domestic ware for everyday use. She bases her designs on the Japanese aesthetic of relativity. Along with the beauty of imperfection, irregularity, spontaneity, and impurity. It is a white slipware image of a woman who is wearing white make-up. It is called Kohiki (powder blown) ware.
The link between words and her ceramic work has become very important over the last few years. The ambiguity of language is similar to the way she uses ceramic materials. When you read between the lines, what you enjoy is the subtlety. To Akiko, good literature can bring forward many sensations for the reader because of how the words and context are used. Therefore, the story line is important but is clearly very detailed depending on how it is viewed.
Born and educated in Japan, Akiko Hirai came to England in 2000 to take a BA (Hons) in Ceramics at Harrow (University of Westminster) and in her third year transferred to Central Saint Martins where she completed a BA(Hons ) in Ceramic Design in 2003. She joined The Chocolate Factory Studio on leaving college and since 2004 has worked at Kensington and Chelsea College where she is now Head of Ceramics.
Akiko will be our Featured Ceramicist in August 2025