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 …

Ceramic Works by Asche Yamamoto of Studio atelier-H

Ceramic Works by Asche Yamamoto of Studio atelier-H

Last week I was trying to find some content relating to the sculpture/ceramic field, as I’d been looking at the works of Georges Jouve, who I don’t believe we’ve covered here before. If you’re not familiar with Mr Jouve you should take a short trip to this MONDOBLOGO article that showcases a brilliant selection of imagery to give you a better idea. Basically, Georges Jouve is known as being …

Photography by Isao Hashinoki

Photography by Isao Hashinoki

Just lately I’ve had the urge to pick up my old Pentax film camera, when the summer months arrive it seems to be the perfect time to use it. The camera really is a brilliant piece of equipment and I’ve invested quite a lot of money in making sure the light seals were properly fitted and not worn, and everything was clean mechanically inside. It pays to make sure the older equipment is running smoothly, as the benefits can be extremely …

Furniture Design by Mikiya Kobayashi

Furniture Design by Mikiya Kobayashi

Wow, what an exciting array of product and furniture design by Tokyo born creative Mikiya Kobayashi. I stumbled in to his work via the chii furniture website, and I admired his simplistic approach to seating solutions, often using only necessary elements with not much adornment. Obviously, one thing leads to another and I had to check out his portfolio page, this is what really grabbed me and made we want to showcase a …

Inspiring Lifestyle Photography by Cultivated Days

Inspiring Lifestyle Photography by Cultivated Days

I’ve been a bit cheeky today by pinching some inspiring imagery from another blog, the photography was that good I had to showcase it. The images come from a website titled ‘Cultivated Days’ that’s founded and edited by Prairie Stuart-Wolff. Interestingly Prairie, with the help of designer Tam Ngo, has been releasing online editions of the Cultivated Days magazine through the website …

Shizuko Hasuo Ceramics Exhibition at utsuwa-KU Gallery

Shizuko Hasuo Ceramics Exhibition at utsuwa-KU Gallery

Today I had a craving for some natural looking pottery, I’m not sure why this came about, maybe because I’ve been looking at architecture and industrial products quite a lot. For some reason I always get in to a particular fascination with certain types of design, this even runs through to the things that I buy for the office or household. For example, recently I purchased a set of Vitsoe …

Architecture and Interiors by Hiroyuki Shinozaki

Architecture and Interiors by Hiroyuki Shinozaki

Architecture hasn’t been a feature on the site as of late, so I’m making a conscious effort to slot some in to the mix. In fact, I’ve had a few draft posts saved of locations around the web that have inspired me but I hadn’t been able to string something together as such, so today we’re going to have a quick look at some works by talented Japanese architecture firm Hiroyuki Shinozaki. To be honest you might have come across a few …

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 …

Ceramics by Romy Northover

Ceramics by Romy Northover

English artist and ceramicist Romy Northover has been on my radar mainly thanks to potter Shino Takeda, who we’ve wrote about here on the blog before. It became apparent that this week would be a great time to highlight Romy’s work as she’s recently collaborated with Shino on opening a lifestyle/design brand named KATAKANA. Part of the project includes a fantastic online shop, which you should definitely browse through if you …

Japanese Tea Utensils at Kamon Engineering

Japanese Tea Utensils at Kamon Engineering

My fascination with the Japanese tea ceremony isn’t anything new, I suppose it comes from my general attraction towards the lifestyle and mentality over there. I also quite like the idea of Buddhism and zen, this is also a theme that I tend to see in other designers that I admire, it’s sort of weird how everything links together in a way. Charles and Ray Eames for example had definite ties with Japan, even holding a Japanese tea …