This hand turned piece by Takahashi McGil combines different styles of urushi-varnishing to create a refined and sophisticated effect. the textured exterior is organic and in keeping with its creation from natural materials, created using ‘sabi-urushi’ where a mixture of clay, water and lacquer, originally sourced from tree sap is applied. This technique is perfectly complemented by the smooth lustrous ‘fuki-urushi’ interior of the bowl, a process by which the surface is repeatedly lacquered and sanded to finish to a high polish. The polished wood interior acts in contrast to the matte surface and emphasises the beautiful natural markings of the wood.
These two processes used highlight the different potentials of a single material and harmoniously mirror the artists collaborative process of making.
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.