Takahashi McGil scorched oak guinomi with kuro-urushi
Maker: Maud and Mabel
Handmade in UK
Dimensions: W - 9.7cm x H – 4.5cm
Materials: oak wood
Method: Hand turned
A “guinomi” is a traditional Japanese “cup which allows us to gulp an abundance of sake”.
The confident shade of this piece is cause of a combination of the urushi used and the scorching of the oak. The urushi is coloured by adding iron compounds to the tree sap. McGil applies this traditional Japanese lacquer to the exterior of the plates to achieve the textured surface. The smooth interior acts in contrast to the tactile surface, emphasising the original markings on the oak, protecting its natural beauty. The piece is elevated through the platform feature, mimicking the different forms observed in nature.
Takahashi McGil’s collections 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.