Brickett Davda Ceramics, Handmade in England

Brickett Davda Ceramics, Handmade in England

I had a nice long rest over the Easter break, it gave me some time to reflect on our general direction and the quality of my writing here, possibly more the way it’s evolved over time. Often a small holiday is forced upon me by others, but this time it felt good to get away from the digital world and have inspiration thrown at me from lots of different angles. A bit of sun, nature and greenery does …

New Pottery at OEN Shop by Misa Kumabuchi of Mushimegane Books

New Pottery at OEN Shop by Misa Kumabuchi of Mushimegane Books

I often feel like there’s a slight disconnect between here and the shop. My main intention is to not litter these articles with so called ‘self promotion’, but at the same time I want to showcase things that are inspiring me at this moment in time. We just happen to be the lucky ones that can stock/highlight them to you all in a different way, giving you a chance to own them through our …

Interior Pieces by Hiromatsu Furniture Inc.

Interior Pieces by Hiromatsu Furniture Inc.

The works that I’m presenting to you all today come from Hiromatsu Furniture, a company situated on the Japanese island Kyushu within Okawa, Fukuoka. Hiromatsu manufacture a number of elegant furnishings and wooden interior goods. The pieces created blend both traditional and contemporary Japanese design, with minimal decoration to the wood but clear indications of ancient joinery and craftsmanship techniques …

Making a Bamboo Whisk with Yamato Takayama

Making a Bamboo Whisk with Yamato Takayama

I’m pleased to showcase this set of photography thanks to J Crafts who run a brilliant website that documents Japanese arts and crafts, also selling a nice selection of handmade products on their website. One of my favourite sections on their site is where they document different artisans and craftsman, one in-particular that had my attention immediately was Yamato Takayama who crafts …

Short Film on Bryan Nash Gill

Short Film on Bryan Nash Gill

I’d like to turn our collective attention now to an American sculptor who has altered his medium of creativity and found heart in the art of printmaking, not through illustrations of his own but that of the natural world with an ongoing series of woodcuts from a great diversity of tree species. The individual I’m referring to is Connecticut born and based Bryan Nash Gill who’s works document the life and growth of one of the worlds oldest living …

Furniture from Carl Hansen & Son

Furniture from Carl Hansen & Son

I’m always fascinated how our content tends to develop trends unintentionally, one post on a particular topic often leads to succession in this area without us even realising. So after yesterday’s delve into the portfolio of Italian furniture designer Marco Guazzini I’ve been revisiting and enjoying what Carl Hansen & Son have going on over on their respective website, which for those who haven’t visited before highlights a selection …

Damascus Steel Knife Making by John Neeman

Damascus Steel Knife Making by John Neeman

I thought I’d bring another familiar face back into the fold today as we revisit the work of traditional craftsman John Needman and his “Birth of a Tool” film series, which documents one of his tools being lovingly put together by hand. Previously I’d brought across the first instalment of the project where many of us enjoyed seeing one of his beautiful axes being cast and hammered into …

Short Film Introducing Beam & Anchor

Short Film Introducing Beam & Anchor

As we pass through a period of good will and spirit, I wanted to showcase a short film I came across this morning that shares the story of a company that’s based around this very same community feel. Once again we are heading over to the creative hub that is Portland, Oregan as Matt Pierce introduces us to Beam and Anchor, the brain child of furniture reclaimer Robert Rahm who has setup a creative studio harbouring various …

Short Film on Japanese Potter Koichi Ohara

Short Film on Japanese Potter Koichi Ohara

The sensibilities of Japanese craft and design have been a constant influence on the work we do here and the projects we like to highlight, so I’m sure it wasn’t a surprise when we introduced Rieko Fujimoto into the shop at the tail end of last week. We are constantly making connections in this part of the world at the moment because there seems to be a real abundance of individuals creating from scratch with an eye for traditional techniques …

Handmade Lights by Lam Quang and Kestrel Gates

Handmade Lights by Lam Quang and Kestrel Gates

I think an overriding sense of what we are striving to create here is a space where alternate ideas, concepts and ultimately products in our online shop can be shared and supported. So with this in mind, I became fond of the project of Lam Quang and Kestrel Gates this morning who run their own little independent venture dedicated to creating handmade lights and lamps for around the …