1986: AKAI, Yukiko was born in Seto-cho, Higashi-ku, Okayama City.
2008: She began studying under HIRAKAWA, Tadashi, a Bizen potter.
Since then, she has been involved in the excavation of many ancient kilns while continuing to make pottery.
One of her works in the exhibition was made by copying patterns from the natural world, giving shapes to them and piling them up. It might be comparable to inuksuk of Inuit, or ceremonial vessel stand, an enormous pottery of ancient Kibi. It could be interpreted as a communication tool to unite deities and the humanity.
Some works appear as if a dead tree or a leaf turned into a vessel, all of which are organic and full of life.
If “hymns to life,” which are prayers to deities, are thought to be the starting point of art, then Yukiko Akai is the perfect example.