Producing both decorative and functional ceramics, Akiko draws inspiration from her cultural background and its aesthetic traditions. She ﬁnds beauty outside of what tends to be considered conventionally attractive and presents these ﬁndings through her experimentation with materials and processes in the studio. She employs multiple ﬁrings and combines varied techniques. These processes produce highly complex surfaces which are simultaneously unnervingly textured yet deeply satisfying.
“Most of my work comes from everyday things… I consider what I can sense in everyday life while I am experimenting with ceramic materials and then I see what I can do with it.”
Discover the unique and captivating world of Alasdair Neil and Sally MacDonell in their upcoming ceramic exhibition at Contemporary Ceramics.
Lara’s relationship with colour has evolved from being shy about it, to exploring it more over time. She is an intuitive maker who works on multiple pieces at once. Her process is casting and decoration with a combination of marks including incised drawing and sgraffito through coloured underglaze.