The textured surface complements McGil’s selection of chestnut wood. It is finished with sabi urushi, a mixture of clay, water and urushi. Urushi originates from tree sap, and makes objects waterproof as well as adding strength and darkening the colouring. The smooth interior contrasts the pinched surface, embracing the original markings on the wood, protecting its natural beauty.
Takahashi McGil’s pieces are made through a collaborative process, with Mark woodturning and Kaori chiselling. McGil hand turned and carved this piece to create its intriguing, subtle yet striking and inspired by functionality for daily use.
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.