This striking and surprisingly lightweight Sycamore Katakuchi has an intricately textured exterior surface that reveals the skilful manipulation of the artists hand. Takahashi McGil’s pieces are made through a collaborative process, with Mark woodturning and Kaori chiselling. The Sycamore Katakuchi has been covered in urushi lacquer, which originates as tree sap, and makes objects waterproof as well as adding strength. The urushi lacquering process demands a meticulous approach, with the necessity of applying several layers of lacquer, as well as the perfect, humid temperature, for the lacquer to dry. Objects are made with functionality in mind, to be used as tools for daily life.
Dimensions: W-20 cm x H-10.5cm
As all products are handmade sizes and colour may vary slightly.
Care Instructions: Waterproof and food safe. Please note that this item is a natural product, please avoid storing in sunlight and heat. Not suitable for dishwasher or microwave. Please use soapy water and a soft sponge or cloth to clean. Do not soak for long periods of time.
Takahashi McGil are an artistic duo comprised of husband and wife, Mark McGilvray and Kaori Takahashi, who met at Wimbledon School of Art where they both studied Fine Art. Mark is from South Africa and Kaori is from Japan and the pair now live and work in Devon, where they are part of the Devonshire Guild of Craftsmen. Takahashi McGil’s functional furniture and homeware is made from hardwoods sourced locally and through a combination of Japanese and Western techniques, traditions and tools. Originally, their pieces were intended solely for personal use, but their company was happily formed in 2016.