Handmade Glass Vessels by Michael Ruh Studio

Handmade Glass Vessels by Michael Ruh Studio

I had an email this week from a reader noting our recent fascination with Japanese craftsmen, or you could say our prolonged fascination. He asked if we would showcase different makers from other parts of the world. Interestingly, I have to agree. My heads been a bit stuck in the sand lately and it seems like we’re just representing craftsmen and designers from East Asia, but that’s not really …

Metal Cans by Japanese Atelier SyuRo

Metal Cans by Japanese Atelier SyuRo

With the holidays arriving in next to no time, it’s been hectic here in the office. We’ve had some big boxes take over the floor space and have re-stocked various items in the shop. I think I’ll be glued to my camera over the next month, hoping to catch any sort of daylight that appears so I can convey these in the best way possible. Now that the weather has turned sour here in the UK it’s hard to capture them in the way that I want, or as you …

KOBO by Peter Ivy in Collaboration with Takahashi Midori

KOBO by Peter Ivy in Collaboration with Takahashi Midori

Designers in collaboration with craftsmen can often work well, especially when you pull in the likes of Peter Ivy. I’ve never talked about him here before, but I’ve been a fan of his work for a long time, and although I don’t know much about him on a personal level I regularly check his website to see what he gets up to. Peter lives and works in Japan where he produces glassware under the studio …

Handcrafted Metalwork by Lue Kikuchi

Handcrafted Metalwork by Lue Kikuchi

A great place to browse if you’re ever looking for inspiration are the association pages, or those craft collectives that point out specific makers from the area in question. With my interest being Japanese art and design it made sense to search through different locations to see what was on offer. Most prefectures usually have some sort of website that highlights craftsmen in the local area, it’s just a matter of finding them as they’re often tucked …

Metalwork by Japanese Maker Yumi Nakamura

Metalwork by Japanese Maker Yumi Nakamura

I’ve been hunting through a selection of different makers that specialise in metalwork for the shop, mainly vessels like bowls and plates since we already stock some brilliant cutlery by Rieko Fujimoto. These goods are generally hard to come by, usually you have a lot of cutlery being produced but not many bigger pieces such as these. One creative that has designed both is Japanese metalworker Yumi Nakamura, she’s quite a …

Aesthetics of Everyday Life, Voicer Magazine

Aesthetics of Everyday Life, Voicer Magazine

It’s not often you come across fantastic imagery like this. Although I enjoy viewing the final objects made by different craftsmen, especially when it falls in to my own hands, I really like to see how they’re made and what processes they go through to get the desired form. It’s also fascinating to see the craftsmen at work in their studio and what sort of equipment they have to use to work whichever material necessary. Some of this we can see …