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Reiko Kaneko unveils glazing experiments

Ceramic designer Reiko Kaneko showcased her recent experiments with reactive glazing at Elementary store

Since moving to Stoke-on-Trent three years ago, ceramic designer Reiko Kaneko has explored the endless possibilities presented by the art and science of reactive glazing and its slightly rebellious use on fine bone china (prized for its pure whiteness).

Kaneko showcased her recent experiments with reactive glazing at Elementary interior store in London this month as part of the Shoreditch Design Triangle.

The exhibition in London featured a range of simple geometric vases which are designed to act as a bright white canvas for the glaze. Their structured forms also allude to the methodical testing processes needed to produce each glaze effect. Areas of pure white bone china are left bare, creating a sharp contrast which emphasises the vibrancy of the colour glaze.

Inspired by the subtlety and purity of the Elementary collection, curated by the shop's owners Kotaro and Athena, Kaneko deliberately kept the forms of the vases simple and small-scale so that they would blend into the existing aesthetic of the shop space. The geometric form of the vases also took inspiration from Kaneko's luxe Hula Jewellery collection, featuring a minimalist aesthetic to emphasise the material qualities of fine bone china.

The small-scale sculptural form of the vases means that they are naturally suited to clusters and groupings, arrangements and rearrangements. Lots of small vessels coming together in numerous formations to construct larger aesthetic pieces can reflect an individual's taste and palate.

Visit the Showroom
Reiko Kaneko's showroom in Stoke-on-Trent is now open. The showroom gives you the opportunity to take a look at the company's latest work, handle the ceramics and get a feel for the quality of Stoke-on-Trent fine bone china.

An ever-changing range of one-off pieces and glaze samples are also exclusively available in the showroom to browse and buy.

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