The good folks at Inventory Magazine recently put together this short feature on Shino Takeda, a creative we’ve discussed here before on the blog. I was instantly drawn to the photography and I couldn’t pass up the chance to share it all with you, it’s definitely worthy of your time today and is sure to inspire.
I also learnt a few things about Shino that I didn’t know previously, I knew of her Japanese background but I didn’t know that she only started making once she’d left Japan to pursue a life in New York. This is where she made pottery under her own name for the first time and decided to pursue the profession as her full time work, creating items that have a quirky Japanese feel about them. They’re not really like anything I’ve seen before, you’ll be surprised how hard it is to make objects like this that have both functionality and character in mind. I’ve tried it so many times in the workshop I go to and it never comes off exactly how I want it, you get to a point where you push it too far and go over the edge. But Shino always does a fantastic job at finding the tipping point.
I’m going to congratulate Ryan Willms for the fantastic photography which has a great natural tone to it and compliments the studio setting nicely. It seems to me that the artistic environments that capture my attention are the ones that have an abundance of light and greenery, also a dab of creativity. Even when you look at the greats in their workshops, this post comes to mind, you see that they let their surroundings get a bit wild. Everything’s structured but the ideas run free and the resulting environment reflects that mentality. An example is her colour wall half way down that has all different glaze tests on, showing how they react with the clay and what shade she might get once fired. This shows how experimental she is.
Overall a simple insight into Shino’s working life, if you’re looking for some pieces from her I’d highly recommend checking out the Inventory shop on the link below where they offer a unique range. Hopefully you get a feeling for the organic and personalised nature of the pots.