Pottery by Watanabe Takayuki

Today we revisit some pottery, this time the works of Japanese craftsman and creative Watanabe Takayuki based in Izu, Shizuoka. We’ve talked about our love for this expressive art many times before and I guess this set inspired me thanks to photographer Nazara Lázaro who’s been taking pictures for Watanabe in Japan. I found it fascinating to hear that Nazara has been living in a zen monastery, 180 kilometers from Kyoto, at …

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Yoko Ozawa Pottery

Some quirky ceramics by Melbourne based potter Yoko Ozawa. Born in Japan, Yoko caught my attention with her simplistic yet rustic style that revolves around function, each piece is quite different in it’s own little way. Rough edges here and there all add to the overall aesthetic, superb stuff if you ask me. Take the white salad bowl for example with the swirly detailing inside, also the tea pot which is pretty much stripped down …

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Nakashima Woodworker by Bob Krist

Recently I’ve gathered a bit of interest for George Nakashima and his woodwork, I really like the story behind it and how his daughter Mira has taken over, embracing the ethos and carrying on the tradition. So when I woke up this morning and stumbled across filmmaker Bob Krist’s page I had no problem in posting up this lovely short film about the Nakashima Woodworker workshop in New Hope, Pennsylvania …

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ColsenKeane Leather Goods

I found this inspiring video on leather goods company ColsenKeane, definitely worth viewing on this bright but wet Friday morning here in England. Founder Scott Hofert takes us into his workshop and his daily job, showing us what it’s like to be in their workshop cutting the leather and stitching together all these beautiful leather made goods. Scott has spent the last 25 years travelling to over 40 different countries and this inspi …

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Glass Blowing Short Film from Todd Tankersley

Todd Tankersley introduces us to the art of glass blowing this morning in this short piece featuring his good friend Esteban who is practicing the traditional process. Todd works as a commercial photographer by day, so this short film is a little outside of what he’s usually recognised for professionally. I felt it was a good moment to diversify on the craftsmanship front …

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Short Film of Clara Romaní’s Ceramics

Barcelona based creative Arnau Tasies got together with close friend and ceramist Clara Romaní to record a short film which would document her work in both an unimposing and revealing way. Clara opts for a completely traditional approach to creating using only water, wind and fire to aid her in each creation. Mastering techniques that have been passed through the ages ensures Clara remains in touch with …

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Naturally Haiti, The Artisans of Haiti

American fashion designer Donna Karan is the founder of many charities, one that stood out from the rest is a project titled the Urban Zen initiative which was founded with designer Sonja Nuttall. The whole point of Urban Zen is that it looks to mix commerce with philanthropy, something that we’ve featured and condoned before here on OEN. This short film that I found, filmed by David Belle of Cine Institute, goes …

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Earl Twist The Saddlemaker

Full Frame America is a collective story and body of work by two young photojournalists named Kristyn Ulanday and Max N. Esposito. They recently shot this short film on Earl Twist at his workshop in Kalispell, Montana. Earl has been making saddles for forty years or so, this video gives us an idea of the process and shows us some up close detail of the handy work. I will be the first to admit that I know absolutely nothing about horse riding or saddles themselves …

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