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.”
Peter Beard’s work has been exhibited around the world and is represented in numerous museums, public collections and private collections in the UK and overseas. The award winning artist has a contemplative approach to making and spends much of his time sketching out ideas for new pieces.