Akiko Hirai shortlisted for Loewe craft prize

Ceramicist Akiko Hirai is among 29 artists nominated for this year’s LOEWE Foundation Craft Prize. The prize, of 50,000 euros, will be presented to the winner on 25 June at the opening of the 2019 Loewe Craft Prize exhibition in Tokyo.

The LOEWE Foundation Craft Prize, now its third edition, champions artists who have ‘made fundamentally important contributions to the development of contemporary craft’ and ‘whose talent, vision and will to innovate promises to set a new standard for the future’. It was launched by the LOEWE fashion brand’s creative director Jonathan Anderson, a craft collector himself. The work of the shortlisted makers – selected from over 2,500 submissions from more than 100 countries – will go on show at Isamu Noguchi’s indoor stone garden ‘Heaven’ at the Sogetsu Foundation in Tokyo, from 26 June to 22 July 2019.

See new ceramic works by Akiko Hirai at New Craftsman Gallery throughout 2019.