Takahashi McGil Urushi Beech Guinomi
Maker: Maud and Mabel
Handmade in UK
Dimensions: W - 7.3cm x H – 5cm
Materials: beech wood
Method: Hand turned and carved
A “guinomi” is a traditional Japanese “cup which allows us to gulp an abundance of sake”.
The textured exterior of McGil’s guinomi is organic, in keeping with its creation from natural materials, as it is finished with urushi, a traditional japanese lacquer, originally sourced from tree sap which strengthens pieces as well as making them waterproof. The tactile surface compliments the smooth interior, emphasising the beautiful natural markings and touch of Beech. This harmony is a continuum in the making of the piece too, with Mark woodturning and Kaori chiselling, the form is a product of collaboration and collective thought and skills.
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.