This “sakazuki” form is a traditional Japanese “ceremonial cup” and holds great meaning and significance behind the skeleton of the piece. In the process of creating this piece, McGil turned and carved the chestnut wood by hand. The textured exterior is finished with a ‘whitened’ ‘shiro’-urushi, creating the soft grey tone. 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 chestnut, protecting its natural beauty.
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.