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Reiko Kaneko Botanical Ceramics @ SCP Pimlico Road

Reiko Kaneko and SCP present the latest collection from her fine bone china range inspired by the garden and all things botanical alongside the new Orlando two seat sofa.

“There is a long tradition of representing nature through ceramics, stretching back more than 20,000 years.  When I’m painting the Dahlia with white slip onto the unfired clay plate, I feel supported by the multitude whose knowledge and perseverance developed the techniques and tools I use – especially the women whose labour enabled me to find my place in this industry and this tradition. I’m thankful for every single one of them.

I am especially inspired by the studio spaces and gardens of women artists including Barbara Hepworth in St Ives and Natalie Du pasquier in Milan. There are many more to seek out –  I’ve not yet visited Frida Kahlo, but I am drawn to her and her space too.

This year, we added a new workshop at the bottom of my garden, so I’ve been able to look out at it much more.  It took me outside of the rumble of city life. And very soon, the garden found its way on to the ceramics.” Reiko Kaneko

On show:

Botanical, White bone china plates and bowls, cast in Stoke-on-Trent. Glaze decoration  applied by brushes or  leaves in the garden, and fired there in the studio, with an additional firing for the gold -stippled rim.

Dahlia, Black bone china plates and bowls cast in the garden workshop, then brushed white slip decoration and glazed. This decoration came from my wanting to paint white flowers from the garden – not easy on white bone china – and this layered and textured finish worked best for the wild spirit of the Dahlias.

Orlando Two Seater: Lightweight frame doubles in size. Fabric by A Rum Fellow, woven in Guatemala.

Terracotta Vases, thrown in Suffolk by Steve, large scale vases with a presence.

Decorative Bowls: Originally a site-specific work for Harewood House Craft Biennial- fine bone china / stoneware foot. The two materials are fused with lacquer and gold, traditionally used for Kintsugi processes.

 

The exhibition will be on view until 30 November.

SCP
57 Pimlico Road
London SW1W 8NE