These ‘Flow Jugs’ by British ceramic artist Kate Schuricht are very special indeed. Visually impressive, the vessels have a striking appearance, combined with a delicacy thanks to the thin walls.
Japanese metal worker Rieko Fujimoto for example is one that really struck a chord with me. When I first discovered her works I was fascinated by her unique style, also her pursuit of making objects for everyday use.
Let me just start off by saying wow, these pots are absolutely incredible. As soon as I saw these beautiful works by Japanese potter Shinsaku Nakazono, they really did blow me away and gave me a lot to think about.
The concept is linked to timeless forms as if they’ve been buried for generations, archaic vessels waiting to be found. I like this idea as it takes an approach and shapes the aesthetic goal around it, which is a new way of making altogether.
It’s intriguing to think that many of my influences revolve around nature itself, even if it’s unclear at first this component always shines through. For example with craft, it’s design stripped back to only the necessary, using bare basic material.
True to my word, I’ve been hunting down some of the best talent in Europe. I’ve had some great success so far and a maker that I’ve been chatting to is woodturner Maciek Gasienica Giewont.
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 …
With the holidays arriving in next to no time, it’s been hectic here in the office. We’ve had some big boxes take over the floor space and have re-stocked various items in the shop. I think I’ll be glued to my camera over the next month, hoping to catch any sort of daylight that appears so I can convey these in the best way possible. Now that the weather has turned sour here in the UK it’s hard to capture them in the way that I want, or as you …
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.
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 …