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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Vessels & More at Higashiya Shop

A rather enticing selection of vessels at Japanese store Higashiya, who seem to have quite a variety in their online shop. All these different categories of inspiration can sometimes be overwhelming, but it’s something that I think both of us here have adapted to. This blog is the perfect place to shed light on things that are inspiring, even if that falls into a totally different category to what we’ve talked about before (hopefully every now and then we surprise …

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Functional Ceramics by Daisuke Kameta

Maybe we’ve gone a bit pottery made over here?! It seems like it’s taken the reigns slightly and has grabbed hold of us, although to be fair I do feel like we’re doing a pretty good job at keeping the blog well balanced and unique. Especially this week with Daniel including some nice culture type films into the mix. Partly the reason for todays post is through my research into different techniques and processes. I take quite a lot of inspiration from …

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Shop Imagery by H Works in Japan

My latest explorations revolve around a trio of books that I purchased delving into the art of the tea ceremony in Japan and the concept of life over there in general. One particular book that has gripped me over the past few days was written by Junichiro Tanizaki titled ‘in praise of shadows’, it’s actually quite a short publication but I was entranced all the way through as he mentioned architecture, food, lacquerware and an array …

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Homewares and Lifestyle Imagery at Stroll Store

It’s always great to see lifestyle imagery of ceramics, furniture and other objects as it gives you an idea of how these pieces function in a real world environment. It’s something we’re looking to add into our shop in the near future but it’s quite hard to master, we’ve tried lots of options, both 35mm and digital, but we’ve not quite found the happy medium that we’re after, luckily for us …

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Set of Imagery by YoungDoo Moon

The stunning film photography by Nick Hand and Andrew Paynter in our latest feature with Hiut Denim got me a little hungry for some more, so I tracked down a set of beautifully captured medium format shots by Korean creative YoungDoo Moon earlier today. This particular set was taken after reading the book of author Robyn Griggs Lawrence and drawing inspiration from the words found in “the wabi-sabi …

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Imagery from Andrea Brugi

Floating around the web last night I stumbled across these great rustic looks from carpenter and all round creative Andrea Brugi, who has been kind enough to share a little behind the scenes of his working world. Browsing through these it quickly became evident how much Andrea lives and breathes a creative lifestyle, which could be described as a bohemian alternative to the traditional way of living. I think what’s most impre …

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Various Ceramics from Tokino Kumo Store

Since I brought across the Rosenfield Collection last week I’ve been on the browse for some more ceramics, until this morning I hadn’t been able to match that same level of quality and originality as previous selections. I found the answer to my woes in Japan within a wonderful little webstore called Tokino Kumo which was harbouring these stunning pieces of handmade mastery. I don’t think it’s easy to come across items …

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