Textiles by Hiroko Takeda

It’s intriguing to think that many of my influences revolve around nature itself, even if it’s unclear at first this component always shines through. For example with craft, it’s design stripped back to only the necessary, using bare basic material.

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‘Tableware to Enhance Your Meals’ by Koishiwara Pottery

When it comes to pottery I like the look of simplistic vessels that are pure in form, when it’s obvious that they’ve gone through a process of elimination, reducing any unnecessary elements. With me this has to come through in all aspects of craft and design, often the best designs, whether that be architecture, furniture or smaller works, all have this common trait and the output means …

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Japanese & Oriental Art at Hotoke Antiques

A selection of beautiful bowls and antiques from a shop called Hotoke, located in Isumi, Japan. Their website yesterday offered a great amount of inspiration, particularly on the ceramic side of things, but I was also interested in the other objects that had cultural significance to the orients. This comes of great value to me after studying Soetsu Yanagi and reading the fantastic book that is ‘The Unknown Craftsman’, also getting more …

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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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Creative Imagery from Potter Yoshiyuki Shimizu

I love seeing imagery of creatives and artists at work, so when I stumbled across this fantastic looking set featuring Japanese potter Yoshiyuki Shimizu I had to pull it over for all of you to enjoy. Wonderful originality in the photography and I think all these of these do a great job at conveying his work. For example, you can see him above using a wooden kick wheel to make his beautiful pots …

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Craft at Japanese Store Jikonka

As I’m sure a lot of you know from previous posts that I’m quite the avid reader, I always purchase more books than I can handle but each one goes in to my bookcase or office with the intention of being read. One thing I don’t buy usually is books that are fictional, most of the ones I purchase are based upon facts or methods, maybe it’s a craft book, design methods, or lately the ideals of mingei and teaism. Without sounding slightly ‘hippy’, I’m …

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Works by David Worsley, Dove Street Pottery

My fascination with Mingei, the folk arts, and craft in general has made me delve deeply to find individuals with the same thoughts and aesthetic as myself. As mentioned above, Mingei has set the tone ever since I read Soetsu Yanagi’s book The Unknown Craftsman, Sori Yanagi’s father, who examines the Japanese way of viewing and appreciating art and beauty in everyday crafts, such as ceramics, lacquer, textiles, and wood …

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Furniture at the Modern Design Exhibition, Wright Auction House

Wright Auction House is a place I regularly check, just as an interested party in design really. As a creative myself I’m always intrigued to see designs from the past that have inspired others, also it gives me inspiration where I can find out about these people that came before me and their backgrounds. Obviously Wright happens to showcase more high end ‘art-like’ objects, where …

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