Akiko makes both functional and decorative ceramic ware. Her work is inspired by the outcome of Mother Nature’s algorithm that the objects find their balance in their environment by constantly reacting to it. Akiko ‘directs‘ the materials to act in a certain way yet tries not to condition them too much, so that apparently marginal elements of materials become more reactive and appear on the surface during firing. Akiko’s works appear to be imperfect and deteriorated yet it looks naturally relaxed and easy in the viewers eyes as it is created by the process of balance.