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favourite five : designer reiko kaneko

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“Art has no end but its own perfection.” – Plato

To create the perfect piece of art requires a number of variables to be in order — in the world of ceramics, for instance, the potter must manipulate matter, energy, time, and space — and with that, can produce an infinite number of potential works of art.

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So many factors are a part of what will result: there are countless ways force can be applied, limitless possibilities of what shape will evolve out of clay, and the timing, duration and intensity of the heat all play a role in the outcome.

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And so it is with life — there are many factors, like the time, place and the energy that we invest — that play a role in creating meaningful and beautiful lives.

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Ceramics and home accessories designer Reiko Kaneko certainly has merged beautiful ceramics with a beautiful life. Born in Britain, Reiko spent her childhood in Japan, and continuously draws on influences from both British and Japanese cultures, blending the two in the pieces she creates.

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Having studied Arts and Design at Central St. Martin’s College, Reiko specializes in ceramic design and supplies bone china design. In 2007, she established a design studio in London’s East End, where she creates the most exquisite home accessories and fine bone china tableware — gorgeous pieces like her renowned boat, which was first launched at the famed Maison & Objet show in Paris earlier this year.

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Featured on the pages of publications such as Vogue Living, Elle Decor and Marie Claire to name a few, Reiko has become one of the top designers in ceramics today.

 

This week, she imparts her:

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{top five favourite pieces of advice for young artists & designers:}

 

1. I find the more I learn, I realise how little I know, so my first piece of advice is to always keep trying, experimenting, and learning.

2. Use all the tools available to you — for instance, YouTube and google are great senseis, or teachers — don’t underestimate them!

3. Rome wasn’t built in a day, so be faithful to your dreams.

4. Live every day as if it’s your last, but also live as if you’ll be alive for a very long time.

5. Above all, enjoy everything you do — a lot!

 

~ laily

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Laily Samadi
Contributor, New York City

Laily lives in New York City, although her mind often wanders across the Atlantic. A lover of modern design, letterpress stationary, and simple yet elegant couture, Laily believes that happiness can be found within bundles of ranunculus or garden roses. As a visual person, she overlooks a film’s plot for aesthetic and cinematography. She divides her attention between two men: her husband and her puppy, Bear.
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