Bespoke Design Service

Reiko Kaneko offers design services to leading restaurants, organizations and private clients. This can range from completely bespoke shapes – to unique glazes and finishing on items from the existing range. Projects involve consultation at every stage and use both new and old techniques like 3D printing and traditional model making to develop and refine designs. Good relationships with production based in Stoke-on-Trent mean production of small scale exclusive runs is possible, while work on a design only basis for other producers is also welcome.

Overview

Each bespoke project we work on is crafted to suit the brief and needs of the client.
We’re happy to work on just a design consultation basis – or manage the full process concept, to production and to delivery.

Bespoke projects and collaborations in non ceramic materials are also considered – please get in touch if you have a special request.

Below is a brief overview of our typical process for bespoke ceramic projects.

 

 

1. Briefing

An initial meeting helps us establish the scope of the brief.

Follow up from this meeting will be based on our interpretation of the brief, the deliverable aims of the project, and our intended research direction – including competition and opportunities for difference.

2. Concept Development & Models

We’ll present our initial sketches, models and renders, feedback will be used to develop a final design direction.

Scale drawings will be produced followed by 3D prints for evaluation.

 

3. Ceramic Prototypes & Production

The 3D printed models are used to create the plaster moulds for slip casting of the first ceramic prototypes.

Once approved we can arrange for production. All our bespoke designs are made in a small factory 5 minutes from the studio. They are the best at what they do, producing beautiful high quality fine bone china.

 

Bespoke Glazing

Stoke on Trent is renowned for its beautiful quality, pure white, fine bone china.

However if you’re looking for something different, something unique, we can develop custom glazes in the studio – where they will be researched, tested and fired.

If you’d like to pursue this option on custom shapes (or on our own existing ranges) – please bear in mind – we cannot do pantone or other exact colour matches. If you have a colour in mind – we’ll do our best to develop it. But while there is a certain chemistry involved, different kilns and sources of raw materials mean glazes (especially the more reactive ones) will always vary to some degree in their finish.

This process can take some time, but often throws in some beautiful unexpected surprises along the way. Let us know if you’d be interested and you can come and take a look at our large range of glaze samples in the studio.