Japanese Glassware by Shotoku Glass Co.

Japanese Glassware by Shotoku Glass Co.

Apologies to all of you who have been looking for good video content. I have come across a few short films on my travels but they’ve not really ticked all the right boxes. Some were in a foreign language, which doesn’t really help in terms of inspiration, well unless the imagery is absolutely superb. One clip I did find was on woodworker Takahashi Hidetoshi, the forms that he makes are pretty sensational and I’ve always admired how …

Pottery by Yuichiro and Tomoko Suzuki

Pottery by Yuichiro and Tomoko Suzuki

With our newest feature that released over the weekend with potter Adam Silverman, it seemed a bit rude to post any other pottery as we could be seen to specialise in one specific area. As you know, that’s not the case. But when I homed in on the good work of Japanese duo Yuichiro and Tomo Suzuki, the grainy photographs really inspired me and the aesthetics were nice to match. Actually, I’ve been thinking about taking my own 35mm …

New Maker in the Shop, Japanese Woodworker Hiroyuki Sugawara

New Maker in the Shop, Japanese Woodworker Hiroyuki Sugawara

This blog gives me a place to showcase all my inspirations, but it also allows me to hunt for people that we could represent in the shop here in the UK. All of a sudden we seem to have become a destination for Japanese craft and design, possibly thanks to my fascination with the culture and also their eye for simplicity and attention to detail. I often receive emails from happy customers say …

Handmade Glassware by Sugahara

Handmade Glassware by Sugahara

At the moment I feel like I have so many creative inspirations, sometimes I do worry that it’s getting a bit out of hand. But then I look at the website and I love the diversity and originality that we’re bringing to the table. Glass is one of the more interesting subjects, I actually wasn’t a massive fan originally, but once I started to delve deeper it fascinated me to see such skill and craftsmanship. I guess it’s like anything in life, especially when you’re a …

New Arrivals from Yumiko iihoshi

New Arrivals from Yumiko iihoshi

I have received some interesting emails as of late from readers recommending that I change our posting pattern a little to incorporate new arrivals from the shop. Interestingly this is something that I’ve been thinking about myself since there’s a definite disconnect from the shop and the blog, they’re sort of like two different websites (which isn’t something I personally like). In the future a re-design will remedy this, but for now I’m going to …

Yanagiu Washi Kobo by TED x Tohoku

Yanagiu Washi Kobo by TED x Tohoku

Sometimes the themes I follow are very random indeed, when I latch on to a particular subject I usually get bitten by “the bug”. Most of the ideas have revolved around the shop, as I’m currently working on a redesign, and I’ve been thinking about possibilities regarding shop packaging and how to present some of the objects we sell through the internet. I keep finding that when I order things from other web stores there’s barely any personali …

Ceramics by Chikako Kojima

Ceramics by Chikako Kojima

The thing about any category of design is the fact that you can’t just stroll up and start making, well you can but not with any real authority. Any maker with substance has a particular aesthetic or concept that they follow, and this is possibly the thing you can’t “learn”, it’s something that happens through the hands and fingers of the craftsman. Natural Subtleties are something that I’m always looking for when I view works, and is something …

Japanese Gardens by Michael W. Veith

Japanese Gardens by Michael W. Veith

Gardens can be thought provoking in many ways. I love the multiple layers, this could be water, plants, trees, rocks and stones, sculpture could also play a big part in how an outdoor area is shaped. I think a well designed garden can play with all your senses, especially if there’s fruit or plants in the garden that are edible. Although I don’t have any particular experience with garden design, I have a real admiration for the work as the basis for it is …

Ceramics by Japanese Maker Toru Hatta

Ceramics by Japanese Maker Toru Hatta

Two things that I have no problem finding in terms of inspiration are furniture and pottery. For some reason they’re at the forefront, whether that be a particular phase at the moment I’m not sure (quite possibly), but I’m always keeping my eyes on the ground for other content and avenues to pursue. I suppose as I’m getting quite adept as a potter myself I’m finding some fascinating works across the web. One of my favourites recently, and …

Wooden Cutlery by atelier TREE SONG

Wooden Cutlery by atelier TREE SONG

iichi has turned out to be a fantastic resource, I find myself searching through different craftsmen and makers on a regular basis. If you don’t already know, it’s a bit like the Japanese version of Etsy or Folksy, so you have all these different creatives selling their work online. Last time I presented the works of Fushimi Lacquer Workshop, all made by lacquer craftsman Fushimi Maki in Kanagawa, Japan. Today I’m showcasing some wooden …