I get a real kick out of releasing these new features. It feels great to get a glimpse inside the studio of these artisans, seeing how they work in their chosen material and their general surroundings. After a few sneak peeks in previous newsletters, and one on our Instagram account, it’s time to release the full feature and showcase some imagery from Japanese woodworker Maiko Okuno’s studio in Ishikawa, Japan.
Maiko isn’t a stranger here by any means, but getting hold of imagery inside of her studio has been extremely difficult. So with that in mind, I commissioned talented photographer Shigekazu Shinya to photograph her woodturning, applying lacquer, also sharpening and working with her tools. What’s come of it is a fantastic mix of imagery which showcases the true talent behind this work.
For those interested in owning a piece handmade by Maiko I would recommend our collection page in the shop which has just been restocked. We have some chopsticks, pebble chopstick rests in red and brown, and the popular lipped lacquer vessel (as seen in the feature!) which are all back in stock. I hope you enjoy this short piece and will appreciate the time and effort that goes in to each wooden object that comes out of her studio.