This exquisite turned and hand carved urushi Chestnut plate has an intricately textured surface that reveals the skilful manipulation of the artists hand. In contrast, its underneath has a silky smooth patina. Takahashi McGil’s creations are made through a collaborative process, with Mark woodturning and Kaori chiselling. The Chestnut Katakuchi has been covered in urashi lacquer, 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-25 cm x H-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. 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.