A Film on Mingei Artist Minoru Kano

Wow, I came across this fantastic video earlier and I was surprised to see that it had only been watched 200 times in four years. A bit depressing to say the least. I have to admit the quality is not incredible, with most of it being very grainy and low on volume, but the content in the film is very inspiring and is perfectly matched to the topics we like to talk about (also the objects we tend to sell in our shop). Over the last year or so I’ve gained a …

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Works by Verónica Jaramillo’s Ceramic Workshop

I’ve been on a serious hunt for some ceramics over the past week or so. I didn’t want to settle for something of lesser quality, that’s not my style, and it wasn’t really on my list to pull a selection from Japan again since I’ve turned to there a lot lately in search of inspiration. So I took an indirect route and discovered these creations made by Verónica Jaramillo’s ceramic workshop in …

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Futagami Brass Household Goods

Metal working and metal objects are quite hard to come by these days, I’ve not found much that has really grabbed my attention over the past year or so. The problem with these metal items is that it’s hard to make something that’s got real character and depth to it, usually it’s either a silver functional piece that you can’t really connect to, or it’s something totally sculptural and quite flamboyant. These seen here on the other hand meet both …

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Ceramic Sculptures by Claire Muckian

The past few weeks have seen a mini influx of ceramic work into the shop, with some remarkable creations from both Japan and here in Europe. Perhaps this has taken the edge off work we’ve been coming across for the blog as I haven’t noted too many functional wares that have really stopped me in my tracks. One creative that does work with ceramics caught my attention today however and her name is Claire Muckian who’s based in …

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Fire, Clay, Flour by Edible Boston

I believe that to fully appreciate craft and design you have to get involved yourself, and create something that wasn’t around before. Although I’d like to I can’t force new individuals to turn their hand to wood, or clay, or any material for that matter, but what I can trust in is short films like the one I’m sharing this morning that highlights the progressive, wholesome experience of creating with your own fair hands. I know many will watch this …

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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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Short Film on Woodturner Robin Wood

It’s not everyday that we are lucky enough to come across a film documenting a maker perfecting their craft, but today I’m excited to highlight the work of woodturner and artisan Robin Wood who is based in Peak District, England. Robin is in fact quite a specialist individual, according to his word he is the only soul in England left turning wood in this traditional way. Unlike other woodturners he uses a manual system of pulleys and levers controlled …

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Documentary on Potter Lisa Hammond

Before you begin this fine week with us I think you better put the kettle on and get comfortable as Goldmark have put together another of their awe inspiring documentaries following the work of a potter in the lead up to their latest exhibition. Today the creative we get introduced to is another English talent named Lisa Hammond who much like Svend Bayer highlighted here in March is heavily influenced by the tradition and style of Japanese …

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Yoshiyuki Kato’s Woodworks

It’s not always always an easy job finding new and interesting creatives to talk about, a lot of the time you stumble across the same individuals that are doing great things. One place I’ve always been fascinated by is Japan and Japanese culture, mainly their way of life and also their simplicity in design. You could possibly match it up to the Scandinavian aesthetic in some ways but the history revolving around a lot of their crafts is …

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Wooden and Bone Cutlery by Kirsten Hecktermann

For a while I’ve been admiring the works of designer Kirsten Hecktermann and today seems like the perfect time to take an in-depth view into the objects and how/where they’ve been made. Kirsten is actually a textile artist, designer, and stylist based in the UK, but this cutlery showcased in this article is all handmade at her fathers workshop in Kenya. Kirsten was born in Kenya …

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Ceramics by Virginie Besengez

I thought we’d head to France today in search of a little creative inspiration, visiting the work of Virginie Besengez, a ceramic artist based in the idyllic setting that is Wambrechies, which can be found on the map just north of Lille. As an artist Virginie has been known to dabble in both porcelain and stoneware, with her clean and contemporary white vessels providing a nice contrast to those of a more rustic and primitive nature. This is perh …

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Carl Auböck, In the Workshop

Hopefully this post will get you very very inspired, the photography featured here is pretty astonishing to say the least and I’m very lucky to be showcasing it to you all today. As you probably know from previous posts I’m a big fan of Carl Auböck and his creations, it’s great to look back at these past designers and see their influence, also to see how they used to work and what methods they used to use to make these items. I doubt …

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