Takahashi McGil shiro-urushi chestnut yunomi
Maker: Maud and Mabel
Handmade in UK
Dimensions: W - 7cm x H – 7.5cm
Materials: chestnut wood
Method: Hand turned and carved
This “yunomi” form is the Japanese term for authentic tea cups. Inspired by functionality, McGil created this piece to be a tool for daily life. Carving and turning the form by hand, Takahashi’s artform is made through a collaborative process, with Mark woodturning and Kaori chiselling.
The textured exterior is finished with a ‘whitened’ shiro-urush, a traditional Japanese technique. Urushi originates from tree sap, and makes objects waterproof as well as adding strength. The smooth interior is in contrast to the pinched surface, which emphasises the original markings on the wood, protecting its natural beauty.
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.