A beautifully hand turned bowl, made from chestnut by Takahashi McGill which is inspired by Japanese traditional crafts. The textured exterior is coated with urushi, a traditional Japanese lacquer which makes the piece waterproof as well as adding strength. In contrast to this, the interior is smooth and highlights the natural markings in the wood. Takahashi McGill have mastered techniques and processes that allow them to create distinctive silhouettes, such as this breath-taking form.
Takahashi McGil’s pieces are made through a collaborative process, with Mark woodturning and Kaori chiselling. Objects are made with functionality in mind, to be used as tools for daily life.
About the Artist:
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.