Isamu Noguchi, A Man at Work

After a long week it’s great to finish on such an icon as Isamu Noguchi. He really is an amazing talent and I was lucky enough to talk to The Noguchi Museum who gave me access to some imagery of Noguchi at work. This felt like an interesting and inspiring subject to talk about since Isamu is a man of many talents, he was mainly known for his sculpture and public works but he also dabbled in architecture, set design, ceramic …

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Kiki – Japanese Design store in Stockholm

Beautiful understated stores like the Kiki store in Stockholm are often few and far between so when I come across spots like these I always take pleasure in sharing them with you all, as they deserve to be cherished by many. Instantly I was drawing a few parallels in my mind with the Common store in Helsinki, as Kiki too has Japanese owners Nori Akechi curating a beautiful collection of homewares with a very considered …

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Collection of Works from Nikko

In search of ceramics and pottery Japan is always the best place to start I find, as their history and heritage makes for a sort of mecca of all things craft. Take this particular company that we’re highlighting today as an example, Nikko was founded way back in 1908 by Lord Maeda and his local nobles so we’re talking about a skill set that has been passed down though countless generations. Founded in Kanazawa their …

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Colour in Clay (1941) Short Film

This short film really made my morning, it’s been released by the British Council and features a factory tour of Wedgwood in 1941 with some rather amusing commentary throughout. We’re taken back to an age where almost everything was crafted by hand with an eye for detail, this production line prided itself on some of the finest craftsmanship in the world. So seeing these items being put together in the video below it’s no surprise that their …

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Further Ceramics from the Rosenfield Collection

After what has felt like a continuous flurry of ceramics and pottery we’ve had a bit of a break away from this topic. Today however I thought I’d bring a collection back into the fold as I think the art is such a raw form of creativity that everyone should try at least once in their lifetime. Many of you may recall the Rosenfield collection we referenced back in November which I’ve decided …

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Sweden’s Master Potter, Berndt Friberg

It’s been a little while since I’ve found some pottery that’s really inspired me, this morning though I was lucky enough to stumble across Swedish artist Berndt Friberg. He had a few nicknames in his time but he was usually called “Hand of God” amongst other potters and his circle of friends, he was known for being a perfectionist and did not keep pieces which were not to his satisfaction. Friberg was born to a family of potters and started his …

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Collection of Ceramics by Gwyn Hanssen Pigott

I was admiring the work of ceramic artist Gwyn Hassen Pigott last night, so I’ve brought across a handful of imagery from this artist who’s been working in the field for almost 60 years now. It’s hard not to appreciate someone who’s been working in the same area for this long, in my generation I think it’s an ideal thats on the decline but hopefully a few of you will appreciate this concept and will …

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Ceramic Works by Kirstie Van Noort

Previously Daniel put together a nice concise post on Eindhoven based designer Kirstie Van Noort in the latter part of 2011. Today I decided to explore her works again after my amazement at her ceramic bowls, cups and other items, particularly the selection that she’s produced over the last few months. I have to say what originally attracted me was the fact that she’s a very experimental individual, the work that Daniel showcased was …

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Short Film on Potblack Ceramics

We rejoin the craft theme running through this week as we visit the creations of Ceramicist Travis Jeffery’s and his Melbourne based studio through the medium of film. Providing a handcrafted element to the top restaurants in the city, Travis is known for his sleek minimal designs and eye for detailing in each of his creations. This project is a little more about the thoughts and feelings of the man himself rather than his creation process …

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Collection of Works from Regis Brodie

I thought I’d stick with craft again after sharing wood turner Jonathan Leech with you all last time around. Today I was impressed with the multifaceted nature of creative Regis Brodie’s work, so I’ve brought across a selection as a nod of appreciation to the Pittsburgh based artist, potter, sculptor and professional speaker. As you can see from what we have here Regis likes to take quite an expressive approach to a clean cut form, be it …

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The Art of Making by Heath Ceramics

I always seem to be landing on the Heath Ceramics webpage so why it’s taken me this long to bring across an article from them is a little beyond me. There’s no time like the present to resurrect this however which is why I’ve raided their “Art of Making” section as a little nod to the work that they’ve been doing since 1948 would you believe. Not only do Heath produce some mind-blowing pottery and ceramics they’re really open to shar …

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Short Film on Gustavo Perez

It’s almost two weeks to the day now that I brought across the collection of Mexican ceramic artist Gustavo Perez so it was quite a welcome coincidence to see him pop up again today in this delightful short film. The last piece I posted on Gustavo was centred around the exhibition currently taking place at Erskine Hall and Coe gallery in London, in contrast to today where this project highlights Mr Perez getting his hands …

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