Homeware by the hands of Takahashi McGil
Take a step inside Takahashi McGil's studio and become fixated with the wood workings of this local husband and wife duo. The earthy tones and pops of green seen in the studio should be like camouflage in rural surrounds of Cockington Court, but it's hard to hide such spectacular homeware, each piece is crafted to stand out perfection.
For our second installment of Meet The Maker, we meet Cockington Court's resident homeware studio - Takahashi McGil - a hybrid brand of the couple's names, Mark Mcgilvary and Kaori Takahashi.
This creative coupling both studied Fine Art before they kindled their mutual love for making wood-based homeware, inspired by the temples, houses and furniture of Japan. Every piece in their collection is truly unique and determined by natures raw materials, as Mark Mcgilvary explains:
It's almost like the wood dictates what we make. If we find a lot of nice thick wood, then we'll suddenly make a lot of nice pots. - Mark Mcgilvary
Takahashi McGil mix locally sourced wood from Dartmoor and Somerset with pieces that have travelled from as far as America to make large scale furniture and decorative pots, boards and trays.
They select beautiful hardwood slabs that have been slowly air dried over a number of years, maximising the natural beauty of the wood by incorporating knots, voids and natural cracks that occur during the drying of the wood. The use of a live edge on some of their pieces is a beautiful nod to the mighty tree from which it has come.
Perhaps what makes their homeware like no other we've seen of late is the use of both Japanese and Western approaches and tools combined with their inherent design talent and love of the wood. This is homeware from the heart made by intensely skilled hands right at the heart of Torbay's great making community.
Go see them! Takahashi McGil have been selected to exhibit at The Contemporary Craft Festival (8-10 June, Bovey Tracey) and you can catch them at Cockington Court throughout the year. You can also buy their homeware online here.
Join Torbay's creative community! Studio space now available at Cockington Court. Particularly interested to hear from these types of makers: enameler jeweller, functional potter or printmaker. Please contact Marissa.Wakefield@tda.uk.net