The confident shade of these pieces are cause of the urushi used, which 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 ash, protecting its natural beauty.
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.