This “katakuchi” form is translated to “wide-mouthed bowl”, inspired by Japanese traditional crafts. In the process of creating this piece, McGil turned and carved the limewood by hand. The textured exterior is finished with sabi-urushi, a mixture of clay, water and urushi - a traditional Japanese lacquer, originally sourced from tree sap which strengthens pieces as well as making them waterproof. The smooth interior is in contrast to the pinched surface, which emphasises the original markings on the wood, protecting its natural beauty. The shading is a rich deep sycamore complimenting the striking structure.
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.