H9 W10 D10in
H22.7 W24.8 D24.8cm
Item Number:C14164
Vase with spiral brush pattern
H15 1/4 W7 D7in
H38.6 W17.4 D17.4cm
Item Number:C14167P
Vase with spiral brush pattern
H2 1/2 W12 D4in
H5.8 W30.4 D9.7cm
Item Number:C14336
Ake-e rectangular shaped lidded container with bamboo motif
H7 W9 1/4 D9 1/4in
H17.4 W23.4 D23.4cm
Item Number:C14309P
Aka-e vase
H3 W3 D2in
H7.3 W7.7 D4.9cm
Item Number:C14327
Aka-e lidded container
H2 1/2 W13 D13in
H6.5 W32.4 D32.4cm
Item Number:C14333
Aka-e plate with bamboo leaves motif
H6 W15 1/2 D5 1/2in
H15.4 W38.6 D13.4cm
Item Number:C14337P
Aka-e long plate with legs
H15 1/2 W8 D8in
H39.2 W19.7 D19.7cm
Item Number:C14340
Aka-e vase
H21 ɸ12 1/2in
H53.5 ɸ31cm
Item Number:C14752P
Large pot with spiral brush pattern

Born in 1938, Ken Akaji specializes in Kutani-ware, a type of pottery with over-glaze painting, known for its bright, vivid colors and bold varying shapes. Studying under Kutani-ware overglaze director Sōsuke Wata in the 50s, Akaji joined the Kutani-yaki Cooperative Society and subsequently established his own kiln in 1965.

His most recent and first solo exhibition at Ippodo Gallery entitled Spiral (2015) featured mathematically-influenced ceramics, reproducing patterns found in both manmade as well as natural spaces. By concentrating visual semiotics akin to a Fibonacci spiral into physical pieces, Akaji opens up a space in which the viewer can be reminded of similar patterns found in vast forests, galaxies, and even in our own bodies, allowing us to contemplate more about our place (or lack thereof) within the world in the process.