McGil has delicately hand turned and carved this vessel to execute its intriguing shape. The platform feature elevates the piece, mimicking the different forms observed in nature. The polished interior acts in contrast to the matte surface to emphasise the beautiful natural markings of the wood. The textured exterior is the cause of the sabi-urushi varnishing. Urushi originates from tree sap, and makes objects waterproof as well as adding strength, a traditional Japanese technique.
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.