Brickett Davda Ceramics, Handmade in England

I had a nice long rest over the Easter break, it gave me some time to reflect on our general direction and the quality of my writing here, possibly more the way it’s evolved over time. Often a small holiday is forced upon me by others, but this time it felt good to get away from the digital world and have inspiration thrown at me from lots of different angles. A bit of sun, nature and greenery does …

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Vases and Tableware by Japanese Maker Keiichi Tanaka

One individual that I’ve had my beady little eye on is Japanese maker Keiichi Tanaka, who I happened to write about last year alongside fellow Japanese creator Aya Omachi. So as I was searching for more information, also hoping that I’d run across new work I hadn’t seen before, it seemed to be my lucky day when I walked in to Keiichi’s personal portfolio site. Oddly enough, I didn’t find this …

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New in the Shop, Wood Worker Mitsuru Maeda

Today we’ve got a new entrant in the store who goes by the name of Mitsuru Maeda. Born in Tokyo, the Japanese craftsman has been manipulating wood for over 15 years. After working at two different workshops during his career he took the jump and started his own workshop in Toyko, where he still makes and resides to this day under the company name ‘Ki-to-te’. As well as tableware, what we’re currently stocking in the shop …

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Lacquerware Stones by Noboru Akagi Akira

My interest in lacquerware has hit quite a high, investigating the different methods is highly interesting as it’s something that’s totally new to me. Us folk in Europe haven’t really experienced this sort of craft before, it’s not something that’s readily available and easy to find. Although I’ve touched upon the general concept I’ve not really explained about the lacquer and its background. Real Japanese lacquer is actually an organic …

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Wooden Tableware and Sundries at Manufact Jam

Wooden utensils have been featured quite a lot lately on the blog, it’s been great to see the different creatives who’re making these pieces of art, in fact I don’t think they’re respected as much as they should be. To make items like I’m showcasing today is incredibly hard. I’ve been challenging myself over the past few weeks to get productive on this front and make some wooden …

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Handmade Resin Objects by Dinosaur Designs

This morning I’ve been admiring these handmade resin objects by Dinosaur Designs based out of Australia. This looks like an interesting material to be working with and I’ve not seen it really used before, well not to this extreme anyway. I’m intrigued by the unusual texture, it seems pliable but actually it’s quite tough like ceramic and can also break if dropped of knocked against a hard surface. Going into Dinosaur Designs as a …

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Crockery by Max Lamb

I’ve been meaning to post about Max Lamb for many months now, If I recall correctly I think I wrote a little piece on him a year ago which was about his collaboration with Dunhill on a chair. It was an interesting project but for some reason or another I’ve never got around to posting up more of his independent work, such as his little items in the Makers and Brothers shop. It’s a real shame since he’s one inspiring individual who designs some …

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Tableware by Magnus Stephensen

I’m not really a specialist on silverware as such, I have a bit of a push pull relationship with objects of shine and that element of lure. Although I’m quite the functionalist at heart I’ve been drawn to objects with that in-between for a fair while now and this tableware by Magnus Stephensen for Georg Jensen is a perfect example of that. Magnus was a bit of a legend in my eyes, he graduated from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of …

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Inside the Billy Lloyd Ceramics Studio

Some of you may have seen that we’re going to be changing quite a few things here on the site over the next coming weeks. It’s fun seeing the development of the site that I started when I was a youngster, even to this day I still can’t believe the changes that have been made and it’s satisfying to know that we’re narrowing down the subject quite dramatically. I feel clarity coming on. This new website that I’m working on should hopefully …

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Tableware by Sue Paraskeva

Here you can see some beautiful creations by Sue Paraskeva, a potter and artist who’s situated in the Isle of Wight. I originally came across her a couple of months ago on Vimeo but I decided not to bring the video onto the blog because it had a crazy amount of views and I didn’t want to regurgitate the same content that was already across the web. But as time’s passed it made sense to step away from the hype and focus on the tableware that she …

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Sarjaton by Iittala

I was pleased this afternoon when I came across the video that can be seen below produced by Iittala, originally a glass factory in Finland but they now make all sorts of objects to “enrich people’s everyday lives”. You may know them for one particular collaboration that took place with Alvar Aalto, producing a vase collection that was both fluid and organic, to this day they’re still mouth blown and it takes seven craftsmen working as …

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Sori Yanagi, Kitchen and Tableware

Today I found myself exploring the life and works of one of the most famous product designers in Japan, Sori Yanagi. It was sad to hear when he passed away at the age of 96 late last year, but at the same time I couldn’t help but marvel in his achievements and stature. An incredible human being that played an important and fascinating role in Japanese modern design, helping to kickstart the economy after World …

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