Objects of Use, Oxford

Objects of Use, Oxford

I’m always on the lookout for shops and places displaying honest well-made objects which are both functional and visually appealing. I often find myself taking the simplest of objects and being immersed in the details and intricacies within. The ones which look great on a shelf and do an equally impressive job doing what they’ve been made to do. One shop I came across which instantly caught my eye was Objects of Use in Oxford, England …

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 …

Ceramic Houses by Rowena Brown

Ceramic Houses by Rowena Brown

A fantastic short film by Ian Skelly on London based ceramic artist Rowena Brown, who’s a very talented maker indeed. I’ve known about Rowena’s works for a long time but it’s through fantastic videos like this that we get the chance to see the real process behind the objects. In my opinion, when you know the face of the person who’s producing, the reasons why they’re doing it, and also the different stages that the item goes …

Works by David Worsley, Dove Street Pottery

Works by David Worsley, Dove Street Pottery

My fascination with Mingei, the folk arts, and craft in general has made me delve deeply to find individuals with the same thoughts and aesthetic as myself. As mentioned above, Mingei has set the tone ever since I read Soetsu Yanagi’s book The Unknown Craftsman, Sori Yanagi’s father, who examines the Japanese way of viewing and appreciating art and beauty in everyday crafts, such as ceramics, lacquer, textiles, and wood …

Ceramics by Jill Shaddock

Ceramics by Jill Shaddock

It’s amazing to see such style and simplicity in makers situated on our own turf, unfortunately it’s not something that we come across here on a regular basis, but these works made by Manchester based Jill Shaddock are very eye pleasing indeed. I originally came across her works on the Snug website, a shop for contemporary craft in
Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, and the mixture of porcelain ware really blew me away. I’m not …

Short Film on Woodturner Robin Wood

Short Film on Woodturner Robin Wood

It’s not everyday that we are lucky enough to come across a film documenting a maker perfecting their craft, but today I’m excited to highlight the work of woodturner and artisan Robin Wood who is based in Peak District, England. Robin is in fact quite a specialist individual, according to his word he is the only soul in England left turning wood in this traditional way. Unlike other woodturners he uses a manual system of pulleys and levers controlled …

Tekio by Anthony Dickens

Tekio by Anthony Dickens

We now move our attention towards an English based designer who has undertaken a project influenced by the design style of Japan, so something that feels quite at home in our archive. Given our admiration for the Japanese style we can be rather predictable with our content sometimes, although we have been quite good lately so I don’t feel all that guilty for sharing this project today. The film compiles a short interview with the designer …

Collection of Works by Woodturner Jonathan Leech

Collection of Works by Woodturner Jonathan Leech

I thought we’d stay in England for this post as I’ve just come across a wood turner based in Cumbria who’s work I think lots of you will appreciate. Jonathan Leech has set himself a solid foundation as an artistic woodturner hosting many of his creations in local galleries, forming a healthy relationship with the National Trust in the process. Skimming through his page I was really impress …

The Shirt Photographed by Koto Bolofo for Margaret Howell

The Shirt Photographed by Koto Bolofo for Margaret Howell

Routing around this morning I came across a series that I viewed earlier in the month taken by photographer Koto Bolofo for Margaret Howell. At the time I really enjoyed the selection but I didn’t really get a chance to see the full series as such, so when I floated across to the Japanese version of the Margaret Howell website and viewed these in full screen I …

Fired Fruits, The Story of Potter Jonathan Garratt

Fired Fruits, The Story of Potter Jonathan Garratt

This morning I came across this short documentary by filmmaker David Hobson on the work of Dorset based potter Jonathan Garratt. Jonathan Garratt has specialised in making distinctive and unusual terracotta pots for over 30 years and currently enjoys a reputation as one of Britain’s foremost garden artists. He has a real passion for plants, which definitely informs his designs, with all the pots being made …