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.

Handcrafted Metalwork by Lue Kikuchi

Handcrafted Metalwork by Lue Kikuchi

A great place to browse if you’re ever looking for inspiration are the association pages, or those craft collectives that point out specific makers from the area in question. With my interest being Japanese art and design it made sense to search through different locations to see what was on offer. Most prefectures usually have some sort of website that highlights craftsmen in the local area, it’s just a matter of finding them as they’re often tucked …

Wooden Objects by Dairoku at OEN Shop

Wooden Objects by Dairoku at OEN Shop

Although I often talk about furniture, I rarely ever discuss those smaller handmade woodworks. This could be wooden utensils for example, such as spoons and other tools, or even vessels and containers. I guess it’s not all that often that you see craftsmen making such goods, or they’re not really covered online in such a way that it’s appealing on the eye. In my attempt to bridge the gap between content and products that we …

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.

New Accessories from SIWA designed by Naoto Fukasawa

New Accessories from SIWA designed by Naoto Fukasawa

After last weeks feature with designer Masanori Oji, it seemed right to highlight another inspiring Japanese creative in the form of industrial designer Naoto Fukasawa. Although more mainstream, I have numerous books on his works and I’m especially inspired by his collaboration with Jasper Morrison on the Super Normal project. If you’re not familiar with Super Normal, it’s basically the pair …

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 …

Handcrafted Ceramic Work by Lubna Chowdhary

Handcrafted Ceramic Work by Lubna Chowdhary

Sometimes I get all the credit when finding content for the blog, most of the time they’re all my own findings, but on certain occasions I get help from collaborators and those that email in submissions. Not just from creatives and designers that want me to showcase their own work, sometimes even individuals who have come across something and just decide to send it my way incase I might like …

Metalwork by Japanese Maker Yumi Nakamura

Metalwork by Japanese Maker Yumi Nakamura

I’ve been hunting through a selection of different makers that specialise in metalwork for the shop, mainly vessels like bowls and plates since we already stock some brilliant cutlery by Rieko Fujimoto. These goods are generally hard to come by, usually you have a lot of cutlery being produced but not many bigger pieces such as these. One creative that has designed both is Japanese metalworker Yumi Nakamura, she’s quite a …

Furniture by Australian Designer Henry Wilson

Furniture by Australian Designer Henry Wilson

Modular and handmade furniture seems to be work that I’m drawn to, I can’t pinpoint exactly why, but a few ideas came to mind the other day when I was thinking about the furniture that I personally own. Firstly, as a designer myself, I tend to prefer or remember the prototypes rather more vividly than the finished pieces, you could say that the design process or journey is just as important as the final destination. It also fascinates me how simple …