Hiroko Aono-Billson Ceramics

Norwich-based ceramicist Hiroko Aono-Billson’s work is inspired by her mother’s collection of functional Japanese ceramics and the Mingei movement, meaning “art of the people”. Her ceramics are made from earthenware terracotta clay and she uses the sgraffito technique – where a slip or glaze is applied, then scratched off to reveal the layer beneath – to create unique patterns.

Hiroko Aono-Billson Bowl

CAD 160.00
Size: One Size

Norwich-based ceramicist Hiroko Aono-Billson's work is inspired by her mother's collection of functional Japanese ceramics, as well as the Mingei movement, meaning "art of the people".

She hand-builds this bowl from terracotta clay to a rounded shape with a raw, unglazed base. The pattern around the outside is achieved by Hiroko scraping away at the surface, before applying a honey glaze.

Being handmade, each varies in colour, pattern and form.

This item is part of our New Makers programme. In its fifth year, five makers demonstrating excellence in skill, originality and craftsmanship have been chosen by a TOAST panel. We offer business and marketing advice, as well as a platform to sell their pieces until the end of this year, with full profits being returned to them.


Hand wash only. Ceramic.
Made in the United Kingdom.
Approx. D 17cm x H 7.5cm.
This item is made entirely by hand, so no two will be the same. There will be small, pleasing imperfections and irregularities in each piece.

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Hiroko Aono-Billson | New Makers

For Japan-born ceramist Hiroko Aono-Billson, life is in flux. She and her husband will soon leave their home for the last decade, a pretty Georgian property on the north side of Norwich, for a new life in Brighton. But tranquillity of her bijou home studio, where she typically spends five hours each day making, belies any changes. The light-filled space sits in the south-facing extension off her bedroom. “It is not that big,” she says. “It’s more the size of a walk-in wardrobe, but I have it as my workspace, with three tables and all my clay and equipment.”

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