Finishing with Potter Koichi Ohara

Currently I’m experiencing withdrawal symptoms from the potters wheel, as the studio we attend locally is closed while the owner takes a well deserved holiday. Although I can’t actually get involved myself for a few weeks I’ve been enjoying watching others undertake the process earlier today, so hopefully when the time does come to flick the switch on the wheel and sculpt a shape in my hands I’ll have further knowledge and …

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Short Film Featuring Lacquer Artist Isamu Odashima

After the article that I put together late last week featuring artists and sculptures Alma Allen, Ani Kasten & Adam Silverman, I thought I would showcase another video produced by the same Japanese company but on a slightly different wavelength. This particular video has no English speaking, or English subtitles for that matter, but it has some fantastic shots of lacquer craftsman …

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Damascus Steel Knife Making by John Neeman

I thought I’d bring another familiar face back into the fold today as we revisit the work of traditional craftsman John Needman and his “Birth of a Tool” film series, which documents one of his tools being lovingly put together by hand. Previously I’d brought across the first instalment of the project where many of us enjoyed seeing one of his beautiful axes being cast and hammered into …

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Chocolate with Hazelnuts from Homegrown Swedes

December is a great time of year for fellow foodies isn’t it?! The cold weather draws us all around the table to consume a selection of heartwarming food. It’s not often that this topic reaches our blog, aside from the odd kinfolk inclusion here and there, but since Christmas is nearing I thought I’d mix things up a little and get into the seasonal spirit. Although Sanna Liedgren hasn’t reached our archive …

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Collecting Lacquer with Kenji Suzuki

It’s not often that I bring films into the archive, Daniel tends to have a knack for finding the best on the web in the fields of art, design and craft. But today I came across this short piece that doesn’t have any commentary, but has very simple filming and features some curious ongoings. In fact, I’ve been studying the processes behind lacquerware and the methods they use over the last few months which led me onto this short film that showcases …

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Short film on Sarah and John Burrows of Wood Design

As the evening draws in I thought I’d bring across this short film that shares the story of Sarah and John Burrows, who run a website I’ve been enjoying on a daily basis for quite a number of months now. Wood Design, if you’ve not come across it before, offers a selection of handcrafted furniture from various craftsmen and women based in the North of America. After visiting each independent the …

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Short Film on Japanese Potter Koichi Ohara

The sensibilities of Japanese craft and design have been a constant influence on the work we do here and the projects we like to highlight, so I’m sure it wasn’t a surprise when we introduced Rieko Fujimoto into the shop at the tail end of last week. We are constantly making connections in this part of the world at the moment because there seems to be a real abundance of individuals creating from scratch with an eye for traditional techniques …

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Island by Ryan Walker

I came across this short film by photographer Ryan Walker earlier, and in watching it I really felt as if I was coming across an old friend. This might sound a little odd, but in saying this I mean through watching “Island” I returned to appreciating film as a medium in itself, something I’ve not been able to do for a while now. I’ve simply not come across a film that has such vividness and imagination, and at it’s most simple description brings a smile to your …

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Film Series by The Perennial Plate

If you don’t mind I thought I’d start the week off with a curve ball, as I really enjoyed watching a few films from the “Pernnial Plate” this morning, all investigating socially responsible and adventurous eating. The project is the creation of Daniel Klein and his co-producer Mirra Fine who set themselves the challenge to produce an online weekly documentary 52 weeks of the year, with the series having entered its third season now. The first …

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Short Film on Wire Sculptor Rodger Stevens

It feels great to return to an artist, creative or craftsman and offer them a little further coverage, given many of these independents are on quite a personal journey with their work, it’s interesting to see what makes each one tick. I thought today we’d revisit the work of New York based Rodger Stevens who Mark highlighted previously, with many of us enjoying seeing his quirky and playful wire sculptures. I’d certainly not come across …

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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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David Adjaye Speaks on Race & Heritage

I wanted to share this film today as it really gets behind the personality and persona of an established architect, which for me is the most important element of architecture. The people that will use these buildings each day and how they will interact, make connections and hold the designed spaces in their memory. British architect David Adjaye recently had a conversation with the good folks at Crane TV to highlight all these things …

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