Textiles by Hiroko Takeda

Textiles by Hiroko Takeda

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.

Takeshi Yasuda, Made in China

Takeshi Yasuda, Made in China

The film itself shows Japanese potter Takeshi Yasuda inside his studio, where we get to see him working and follow him through the streets of the Porcelain capital of the world, Jingdezhen in China.

Metal Cans by Japanese Atelier SyuRo

Metal Cans by Japanese Atelier SyuRo

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 …

KOBO by Peter Ivy in Collaboration with Takahashi Midori

KOBO by Peter Ivy in Collaboration with Takahashi Midori

Designers in collaboration with craftsmen can often work well, especially when you pull in the likes of Peter Ivy. I’ve never talked about him here before, but I’ve been a fan of his work for a long time, and although I don’t know much about him on a personal level I regularly check his website to see what he gets up to. Peter lives and works in Japan where he produces glassware under the studio …

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 …

Tableware by Kaori Tatebayashi

Tableware by Kaori Tatebayashi

Even though UK based Japanese potter Kaori Tatebayashi makes tableware that has a traditional looking form, they have a totally different feeling from your standard wares.

Langen Foundation by Tadao Ando

Langen Foundation by Tadao Ando

There are some fascinating connections between different projects that have made it up on the site, I often look back at older articles in each category and notice little details that link them all together. Strangely enough my taste has stayed quite consistent over the years and, although I know it will mature and develop, I can’t see it changing too much in the future. One designer that I’ve mentioned many times over the last few years …

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.