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Akiko Hirai
London, United Kingdom

Born in Japan, Akiko calls London home; its diversity appeals to her curiosity.  Introverted but willing to expand into the unknown, Akiko communicates through her work, “I like the nature of tableware that can be used,” she says. “It can be very beautiful, it can be quite sculptural, but you use it every day, so you grow a special attachment to it.”  Her studio at the Chocolate Factory allows her to be influenced by the artists around her, and her quiet observations find their way into her work.  Inspired by posture and what lies underneath, her functional objects capture contrast and movement with asymmetrical shapes that make you use your imagination to balance.

"The user of my work sees the journey the object has taken, from raw clay to firing."

Shop ARTIST: Akiko Hirai 平井明子

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Akiko Hirai Morandi Vase
AKIKO HIRAI MORANDI VASE
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From $210
Akiko Hirai Poppy Seed Vase
AKIKO HIRAI POPPY SEED VASE
From $360
Akiko Hirai Black Ash Glaze Bottle Sold Out
AKIKO HIRAI BLACK ASH GLAZE BOTTLE
$270
Akiko Hirai Ceramic Sculptural Vase Sold Out
AKIKO HIRAI CERAMIC SCULPTURAL VASE
From $420
Akiko Hirai Dry Kohiki Tea Cup
AKIKO HIRAI DRY KOHIKI TEA CUP
$155
Akiko Hirai Kohiki Mentori Cup
AKIKO HIRAI KOHIKI MENTORI CUP
$145
Akiko Hirai Dry Kohiki Tea Cup with Handle
AKIKO HIRAI DRY KOHIKI TEA CUP WITH HANDLE
$170
Akiko Hirai Kohiki Faceted Jug
AKIKO HIRAI KOHIKI FACETED JUG
$450
Akiko Hirai White Porcelain Vase Sold Out
AKIKO HIRAI WHITE PORCELAIN VASE
$800