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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Product Imagery from Iittala for 2013

A few of my favourite things in the office include some Iittala vases and bowls, first designed by Alvar Aalto in 1936. You all know I have quite the fascination with his work, particularly his furniture and architecture, but also the versatile objects that he designed over his career. If you don’t own at least one of these I’d highly recommend purchasing some as they’re cheap in relative terms, and you’ll have an item that you can cherish for years to …

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Glass Sculpture by Stephen Procter

Stephen Procter is a bit of a legend when it comes to working with glass, he initially began by researching English glass engraving, this inspired him to learn and explore the craft in more detail. During the late 60’s and early 70’s, in his studio near Ashburton in Devon, UK, Stephen focused entirely on engraving glass goblets in which he achieved a high standard of craftsmanship. In the late 70’s, as with any creative that reaches a …

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MOLD ALL Exhibition at Tortoise, Glassware by PP Blower

After watching a fantastic short documentary titled ‘GLAS’ yesterday, directed by Bert Haanstra in the 50?s, I had the inspiration to write about some glassware that I’d come across late last week. If you’ve yet to watch the piece, it’s definitely a must for any creative, or anyone who’s a fan of mesmerising production type films. The video is about the glass industry in the Netherlands, it …

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Glassware by Masahiro Ishikawa

I thought I’d update the blog with some new craft work that I found on my travels around the web last week, it seems to have become absent from the blog lately. But I have to say I feel like we’ve been doing a good job on the shop. I mentioned before about us getting some lacquerware in the store from Japan, but I’ve also been contemplating on glassware, which is a new category that we’ve decided to push. It’s funny that once you latch …

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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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Glassworks by Danish Designer Tora Urup

When viewing works made of glass I usually have two thoughts in mind: simplicity and functionality. A lot of European glassmakers tend to have this idea that they need to separate artwork from design work, ie they won’t make glassware that doesn’t have some sort of ‘style’ attached to it. This may mean making an object that’s purely decorative, or alternatively attaching a particular style or colour scheme to each one. Personally, I don’t feel …

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Short Film on Sheldon Cooney

Part of what we do here is keeping our noses to the ground and unearthing those creative independents that are tucked away in the lesser-known corners of the web. The creation of glass is a process that I’ve personally become more and more fascinated by over the years, although recently I’ve been struggling to find individuals working in the medium. Thankfully I was kindly pointed towards the brainchild of Elaine Sheldon and Dominic …

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Selection of Imagery from Carlie Armstrong

After highlighting Jennifer Causey and her Brooklyn Makers book the other day I came across another photographer that’s passionate about sharing some American creativity. Tonight I thought I’d give her work a showcase here because I’m a big fan of what she’s trying to do with her own project and felt it deserved a bit more attention. Much like Jennifer, Carlie Armstrong is in awe of the collective artisanal movement going on in her area and …

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In Between for Inframince Designed by BCXSY

I bumped into this superb collection earlier which really intrigued me, a series designed by BCXSY and was commissioned by Japanese company Inframince. It’s part of project called ’tile_objects 01′, which I don’t know too much about myself, but I do know that Inframince have got together with a few other other design studios to produce one of a kind products for an exhibition. What drew me towards these in particular is the fact that they …

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Short Film on Vyrobeno lesem Collective

When you sit and consider for a moment how many objects, foods and materials around us are synthetic it makes me feel a little uneasy, I don’t agree that price of something is where its real value lies. As time passes I feel myself moving more and more towards items with organic origins, I like to be able to sit comfortably knowing the background of the items that I spend my hard earned currency on. I’m sure if you’re anything like me it’s a real joy …

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Studio Imagery from Siemon & Salazar

I don’t mean to come across as somebody who’s always complaining, or a snob for that matter, but I often find myself disappointed when searching the shelves of mainstream shops. I appreciate the concept of appealing to a larger market but in doing so it feels like we are losing touch with objects that have been made to last, made with a real love and attention to detail. I like to be able to see the craftsmanship and hard graft within the object …

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