Gifts Today magazine

Reiko Kaneko goes back to basics

Inspired by ancient utilitarian shapes, British-Japanese designer launches a stunning new Terracotta collection

Inspired by ancient utilitarian shapes and the honesty embodied by those forms Reiko Kaneko looked for a new material and way of manufacture when designing this latest range.

Terracotta was the perfect fit: a material with an extensive history of human use that’s rich with character and possibility. Working with highly skilled production throwers Kaneko has developed a series of plates & bowls which carry a hint of the contemporary design aesthetic that Kaneko is known for: the forms are taller, wider and thinner than are the norm for hand thrown terracotta. To make the most of the tactile and emotive texture of unglazed terracotta each vessel has been high fired to achieve the rich dark red colour.

The Terracotta range includes three size options in both the plates and the bowls and three glaze options, which have been newly developed for the collection. The white glaze contrasts with the rich earthy red tones of the terracotta and makes a beautiful backdrop to colourful fresh ingredients; the grey-blue glaze has a subtle crystal pattern and an orangey brown fringe where the glaze reacts differently at the rim of the bowls and the clear glaze accentuates the rich brown tones of the terracotta, and makes visible the microscopic air bubbles, which escape from the terracotta during firing - giving the surface a physical sense of depth.

This collection compliments the recently launched exclusive Terracotta series by Reiko Kaneko for SCP.

British-Japanese designer Reiko Kaneko has been influenced by her early years growing up in Japan and this is apparent in her ceramic tableware forms, which are a fusion between the two ceramic styles. After studying at Central St Martins, she established her design studio in London's East End in 2007.

After more than 5 successful years in London Reiko made the move to Stoke-on-Trent to be closer to the manufacturers that produce her beautifully designed Fine Bone China. Working and living in Stoke-on-Trent has allowed Reiko to draw on over 200 years of experience and knowledge held by those who work in the pottery industry.

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