Kiyome Hachi Vessel with Hishaku Ladle


Kiyome Hachi Vessel by Takahashi McGil is part of the ‘Plant Explorations’ collection, facilitated by The New Craftsmen. Earlier this year, The New Craftsmen invited a select group of craftspeople to the Economic Botany Collections at Kew Gardens to examine and creatively respond to a myriad of objects and their narratives. For this piece, Takahashi McGil were inspired by a drinking vessel,made from fruit of an unknown origin. When Mark and Kaori saw the vessel, they were charmed by its sweet look and it reminded them both of a ‘hishaku’ ladle. Hishaku ladles can be found in Japanese temples, shrines and tea ceremonies. They found that many of the items which caught their attention were related to liquids, with water being the most essential. The ash vessel and ladle were made as a set, leaving them unfinished to showcase its natural beautiful colour.

Material: Ash, hazel
cm: Width 62cm, Depth 36cm, Height 18cm
inches: Width 24.4in, Depth 14.2in, Height 7.1in
Care Instructions: Dust with lint free cloth. Do not leave in strong sunlight, in very dry places or near direct heat sources.
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The vessel was turned on a lathe from one piece of unseasoned (green) ash, with a hand carved slot to hold the spoon. Then it was carefully hand carved with each mark on the outside. The spoon bowl was partially hand turned from green ash then hand carved and the handle was made from local hazel, sourced from Cockington Devon.
The Maker Takahashi McGil Woodworker - South West England

Based in their studio in South Devon, woodworkers Mark McGilvray and Kaori Takashi-McGilvray began making simple pieces purely for themselves but their craft has now happily become their livelihood. The husband and wife duo are both graduates of Fine Art at Wimbledon School of Art; with Mark originating from South Africa and Kaori from Japan. From homeware to furniture, they both work on the same pieces, layering up multiple processes and techniques to create complex pieces, all while retaining a feeling of ease and simplicity.

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