I’m pleased to introduce a new maker in the shop, one that’s very skilled and who’s an expert at manipulating wood in to beautiful form. A Japanese woodworker that goes by the name of Tomokazu Furui.
Jean Louis Iratzoki tends to work with small furniture producers but also dabbles in other areas of the craft field, such as pottery and metal work.
These flower vases by Japanese artist Satoshi Nishikawa really are profound. He uses primitive clay and sculpting methods to create these earthy vessels, contemporary and characterful.
A short film by Kyoto born filmmaker Hirokazu Kishida. This shows the working processes of the lacquer craftsmen that create for Yamada Heiando, a tableware and accessories company.
I was fortunate enough to connect with Jacqueline Scholes who provided me with some fantastic imagery and a good idea of her design process, also what inspires her and how she became a silversmith.
British artist Nic Webb crafts objects using a mixture of materials, these include stone, metal and ceramics, but he mainly specialises in the manipulation of wood by making these beautiful wooden utensils.
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.