This precious turned and hand carved urushi Chestnut Katakuchi has an intricately textured surface that reveals the skilful manipulation of the artists hand. Takahashi McGil’s creations are made through a collaborative process, with Mark woodturning and Kaori chiselling. The Katakuchi has been covered in urashi lacquering, which originates as tree sap, and makes objects waterproof as well as adding strength. The urashi 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. Takahashi McGil’s pieces are made with functionality in mind, to be used as tools for daily life.
Dimensions: W-17 cm x H-7cm
As all products are handmade sizes and colour may vary slightly.
Care Instructions: Comes with wood conditioner. Oiling will darken wood. Once oiled, the piece is food safe and waterproof. 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. The pair combine Japanese and Western techniques, traditions and tools in their functional furniture and homeware designs. Originally, their pieces were intended solely for personal use, but their company was happily formed in 2016.