Akiko Hirai draws upon traditional Japanese methods when making her ceramics.
Her pieces are deeply textured and her forms are those of utility ware – simple and satisfying. Read More
She uses rough dark clay, which creates a veil between the rough forms underneath and the smooth calm of the glazed exterior. She allows the clay to show how it wants to be fired.
Akiko studied at The University of Westminster and Central St Martins. She is currently the Head of Ceramics at Kensington and Chelsea College. Her studio forms part of The Chocolate Factory N16 in Stoke Newington.