Kaori Takahashi and Mark McGil

Based in Torquay, Devon, the husband and wife team behind Takahashi McGil create functional bowls, pouring bowls and rice spoons made from local hardwoods. Mark McGil met Kaori Takahashi, who moved to the UK from Japan to study, while studying Fine Art at the Wimbledon School of Art. Though they started making simple pieces for themselves, their craft has now happily become their livelihood.

In their Devon studio, they combine time-honoured Japanese traditions honed in Tokyo with western techniques. Together they plane, chisel, turn, wax and lacquer with great precision and attention to detail. Each considered piece celebrates the natural beauty of the material – knots and air-dried cracks included.