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Thursday, 11 August 2011

'The Boat' designed by Reiko Kaneko


Reiko Kaneko studied Arts and Design at Central St. Martin's College. Born in Britain, and based in East London, she spent her childhood in Japan. Her inimitable blend of English and Japanese style is reflected in all the products she produces.

Reiko’s love of ceramics led her to specialise in ceramic design. She combines 3D modelling programmes with the centuries-old expertise of makers in Stoke-on-Trent, creating products using fine bone china with a Japanese twist.




















The Boat was originally designed to have a handle made from a wooden spoon, but it evolved into a rope handled china bowl/bread basket. 

These photos show initial drawings and the Boat in its clay stage. When it was finished in clay, it was cast in plaster to be tweaked ready for a mould to be made. The sheer size of the mould meant it was a difficult job for the casters to do by hand. In the end, a wooden spoon looked too lop sided so rope was used instead. 























The finished product is truly unique; Reiko has even gone so far as to learn rope work. She’s currently taking colour requests for the handle, I think it would look great in teal, and I adore the red, white and blue combination in the top picture. What would you suggest?



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