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Reiko Kaneko Botanical Glaze Large Footed Bowl

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After studying design at Central Saint Martins, Reiko Kaneko started out designing a range of products which she had made around the world, but it was discovering the joy of working with ceramicists in The Potteries, and tapping into over two centuries of knowledge in fine bone china production that led her to concentrate on ceramics and in 2012 move her studio to Stoke-on-Trent.

"I like the idea of making clay out of the London clay in my garden. But I started the Botanical collection because I became obsessed with the garden. I stare out at it all day when I'm in the workshop after all. It just found its way on to the ceramics - just by observing and admiring." — Reiko Kaneko

Plinth

Based in: United Kingdom

We design, make and sell merchandise and limited editions with leading cultural figures – from Turner Prize winners to world-renowned photographers. Since launching in February 2016, Plinth has undertaken projects with The Fourth Plinth (The Mayor of London), Ikon Gallery, Magnum Photos, The Wellcome Collection and artists such as Cornelia Parker, David Shrigley and Richard Deacon. Many of our editions and products are created for the home – a pure wool blanket from Julian Opie, a trio of plates by Michael Craig-Martin – but everything we make is designed with a philosophy in mind. We aim to make it easy for people to incorporate art and design into everyday life, and to participate in the cultural landscape of London with affordable products like mugs, badges, t-shirts, tote bags and more. We’re interested in art and design within the wider context of social, political and cultural events – as direct response, as antidote, autonomous or in dialogue. We believe that art becomes more imperative than ever during times of change and crisis, and we want to encourage as many people as possible to engage with it as something pleasurable and/or cathartic. We’re aware of the barriers, cultural, socio-economic and personal, which make the ‘art world’ feel hard to access for many people, and we’re keen to challenge both its established audience and the status quo. We interrogate the barriers between different spheres of creativity, propelled by the conviction that industries like art, music, film and fashion have far more in common than they do to separate them. ‘Art’, in any of these incarnations, can be enjoyed for its own sake – or as a means by which to understand the world we live in.

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