Ceramics by Japanese Potter Hanako Nakazato

Ceramics by Japanese Potter Hanako Nakazato

The works of maker Hanako Nakazato, a 14th generation potter from Japan. She uses her traditional background with Western influences to push her pottery to the next level.

Functional Porcelain by JICON

Functional Porcelain by JICON

I’ve been researching porcelain quite extensively over the last few weeks, particularly the temperatures you have to fire the clay at and how the different firing methods affect the body and colouring. It’s not a secret that I love functional objects, utilitarianism some might call it, well at the workshop I’ve been toying with the idea of creating some vessels that have a purity about them, and porcelain seems like a great place to start. As …

Functional Kitchen, Living & Office Objects by ideaco

Functional Kitchen, Living & Office Objects by ideaco

I’ve been pretty busy with design work lately, unfortunately most of it has taken place sitting in front of the computer. It can be quite easy to get out of rhythm and forget about ‘real world’ scenarios. I try to stay in touch as much as possible by going to pottery, which adds a handmade element to the design process, also occasional sketching, and recently some …

Furniture and Functional Objects by TEORI

Furniture and Functional Objects by TEORI

It was a nice surprise to find this Japanese company named TEORI this week, they’re producing some superb items that also have a nice story and concept behind them. TEORI was founded in 1998 as a manufacturer of wood products in Kurashiki, Okayama Prefecture. They specialise in making modern design objects out of bamboo, an eco-friendly material that grows much quicker than wood. Not only that, it’s also very …

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 …

Furniture & Design Works by Atelier Steffen Kehrle

Furniture & Design Works by Atelier Steffen Kehrle

After a craft orientated week it seemed suitable to highlight work more rooted in the usual design process, and Atelier Steffen Kehrle has been on my list of ‘likes’ for a while now. Although I say ‘usual’, their work is far from it, with one of my favourite parts of their studio website being that they show how they make a lot of the furniture and objects, also where the ideas stem from. Since I have …

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 …

Glassworks by Danish Designer Tora Urup

Glassworks by Danish Designer Tora Urup

When viewing works made of glass I usually have two thoughts in mind: simplicity and functionality. A lot of European glassmakers tend to have this idea that they need to separate artwork from design work, ie they won’t make glassware that doesn’t have some sort of ‘style’ attached to it. This may mean making an object that’s purely decorative, or alternatively attaching a particular style or colour scheme to each one. Personally, I don’t feel …

Function Dysfunction Exhibition with Alma Allen, Ani Kasten & Adam Silverman

Function Dysfunction Exhibition with Alma Allen, Ani Kasten & Adam Silverman

The function vs non-function debate is one that I regularly battle with, as a designer my urge to make things structural and quite conformative is a very natural one, I like the idea of ordering disorder. But one thing I’ve been trying to do lately is to step outside this mindset and be more free and creative in other fields where it sees fit. Obviously, I’ll still have that element of functionality inside of me …

Functional Ceramics by Daisuke Kameta

Functional Ceramics by Daisuke Kameta

Maybe we’ve gone a bit pottery made over here?! It seems like it’s taken the reigns slightly and has grabbed hold of us, although to be fair I do feel like we’re doing a pretty good job at keeping the blog well balanced and unique. Especially this week with Daniel including some nice culture type films into the mix. Partly the reason for todays post is through my research into different techniques and processes. I take quite a lot of inspiration from …