New Maker at OEN Shop – Metalwork by Japanese Craftsman Naho Kamada
It’s been a long time since we last stocked a metalworker, as you’ve probably seen me mention in the past I’m always reluctant to stock shiny objects as they often clash with the understated simplicity of the other works in the store. But when they’re used in combination it’s very appealing, as well as the fact that metals subdue the longer that they’re used. This changeable effect is very desirable as it shapes with the user.
Naho Kamada is a maker who I’ve had my eye on for a while now, she’s a talented metalworker from Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan. Naho studied under metalworker Takejiro Hasegawa and became independent in 2008. Since then she’s been producing objects from brass, silver and aluminium at her studio, all of which are inspired by antique tea utensils, old cups, and other functional goods.
For me these works are really refined. The simplicity of the shapes, as well her soft touch when hammering the metal, makes everything flow gracefully and beautifully. These are certainly objects that can fit in with our modern lifestyle but still hark back to traditional methods used in the past. Here’s a few photos of her work that I thought you would enjoy, I urge you to her collection page to see more as these would make fantastic gifts.