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Yesterday morning I watched Glas for possibly the tenth time (I know, only ten!). This short video was made by master film maker Bert Haanstra, in which it received a well-deserved Academy Award for Best Short Documentary in 1959. The film contrasts the production of hand made crystal from the Royal Leerdam Glass Factory with automated bottle making machines in the Netherlands. An industrial film which is backed completely by …

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Kim Emanuel, The Soap Man of San Francisco

Having an emotional connection to your work is something that I’ve only just started to explore in greater detail. I think having this knowledge of yourself and being happy in your own skin creates ideas and concepts far better than someone who isn’t ‘present’, or an individual who has little connection with their product. I suppose this applies to all parts of creativity. The piece that I’ve embedded below highlights the fantastic work …

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Maio Motoko: Moment by Moment Heartbeat by Heartbeat

Wow, some films really do just take your breathe away. Although I wouldn’t necessarily class myself as an artist, I do find that I’m attached to certain ideas and concepts that artists revolve around. Especially when they use a mixture of materials and the finished piece becomes a crafted layer of work. When various handmade skill like this combine often something spectacular arises …

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The Birth of Saké, A Film by Erik Shirai

Usually I have my finger on the pulse, but this time I let it slip a little. Saying that, I never shy away from the chance to learn more about a subject and soak up all the information like a sponge, hopefully you’ll take away something from this piece as well. I came across a project that had recently been funded on Kickstarter, and since I’ve been watching a number of documentaries over the past month this slotted in nicely with existing content on the …

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One Shot. One Life. by Empty Mind Films

I try to bring you a mixture of content here on the website, things that are slightly offbeat for our specific theme, but have an interesting story/concept. I especially enjoy ideas that can be pulled across as inspiration, this post today takes on a spiritual vibe but I feel it can be applied to design in specific ways, also life in general. Shockingly I haven’t come across the Empty Mind Films website before, somehow I’ve never even …

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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 …

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The Detailers: Boat Builder Robert Darr

It’s funny how unusual collaborations lead to the creation of such interesting work. I guess over the past few years we’ve seen a heavy rush in content relating to the craft and design field, mainly focusing on makers and craftsmen. One particular field that’s used their talent to good effect is in the filmmaking department, lots of young independents have been jumping on the bandwagon and have documented various designers and artisans all …

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The Shape that Moves by Iittala

I realised earlier that I’ve had a little hiatus from any films or videos on the blog, which is a shame really as one of my favourite things about the internet is short films made by fellow creatives, you can always find inspiration that you’d of never seen otherwise. Unfortunately, pictures don’t quite convey the same message as what a video can. Plus, whe it comes down to craft or design you really want to see the stuff being made or have …

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Short Film on Lacquer Artist Masaru Nishimura

After an assortment of topics being discussed here on the blog this week, it seemed nice to switch it up a little and watch an experienced lacquer artist at work. I thought it might give some context to the items that we already have in the shop, particularly the lacquerware by husband and wife duo Fujii Works. We’re always getting pleasant remarks on these works, , both admirers and customers alike, usually the first thing that you hear is ‘these …

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The Obayashi Collection, A Tour of Takeo Obayashi’s Yu-un Guesthouse

We’ve been extremely spoilt here on the site with different documentaries and short films, today I’m taking the time to showcase another one thanks to Philip Dolin of Particle Productions, the man behind the Collections series for VIP Art. One that caught my attention was a piece on ‘The Obayashi Collection’, with owner Takeo Obayashi giving us a guided tour of the businessman and art collect …

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Utsushi – The Search for Katsuhira’s Tiger

To say I had my mind blown by a short documentary this weekend would be an understatement. I woke up early and this inspiring piece fell right in to my lap, I’m so glad I gave it a chance and watched it all the way through. I’ve been thinking about it most of the day, so hopefully you’ll feel the same way as me and you’ll admire the skill and craftsmanship in this 20-odd minute film. The piece follows Japanese metal and …

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Brickett Davda Ceramics, Handmade in England

I had a nice long rest over the Easter break, it gave me some time to reflect on our general direction and the quality of my writing here, possibly more the way it’s evolved over time. Often a small holiday is forced upon me by others, but this time it felt good to get away from the digital world and have inspiration thrown at me from lots of different angles. A bit of sun, nature and greenery does …

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