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 …

Porcelain Works by Kazumi Kato at OEN Shop

Porcelain Works by Kazumi Kato at OEN Shop

Japanese potter Kazumi Kato ticked a lot of boxes in my eyes, she has a fantastic eye and a lot of the textural and characterful elements that could be reflected from her past oil painting experience.

In the Shop: Handmade Leather Goods & Accessories by Makr

In the Shop: Handmade Leather Goods & Accessories by Makr

I’ve just realised that we’ve had a number of new arrivals in the shop over the last month, but I haven’t really made any of you aware of their presence. Often I get called out for this through email by other readers, so I’ve been trying hard to fit these type of posts in to the schedule on a regular basis. This week I’m highlighting a selection of new accessories that have arrived by Makr …

Glazes and Forms at Hibinokurashi

Glazes and Forms at Hibinokurashi

As Charles Eames said, “The details are not the details. They make the design.” This is very true, especially in this case where I’m highlighting a selection of pottery from a Japanese store that I came across online titled Hibinokurashi (or Daily Life). I’ve been searching high and low for glazes, and have also been experimenting in the studio as of late to see what colours and different mixtures I can come up with for my own works. Unfort …

New Lacquerware in the Shop by Maiko Okuno

New Lacquerware in the Shop by Maiko Okuno

Sometimes you just come across those designers or makers that instantly click, those that marry your aesthetic sensibility with the qualities of the final object. When I first appreciated Maiko Okuno’s works up-close this was my exact feeling, the beautiful forms that I saw in the photographs were not only backed up by the physicality in my hand, they were surpassed, I just couldn’t believe it. To be honest, my breathe is still taken away every …

Seven Möbelstücke by Herbert Schultes Design

Seven Möbelstücke by Herbert Schultes Design

I’ve been admiring some of these fantastic forms by designer Herbert Schultes, it just goes to show that going back to basics really does work. It also seems that I’ve been drawn to work that has been a collaboration between craftsman and designer, maybe it’s my brain hinting that I should do something like this myself. The concept of this specific collection is to make common things …