Reiko Kaneko Ltd is a company designing fine bone china in elegant, functional shapes; glassware and terracotta that is beautifully thin and light; and pure white china dipped in rich glazes to produce unique studio pieces. It’s been an interesting journey so far.
After studying design at Central Saint Martins, Reiko started out designing a range of products which she had made around the world but it was 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.
Reiko spent her childhood in Japan and still makes frequent visits. Japan has not only been an inspiration for the elegant simplicity to which she strives, but the key to her appreciation of craft and craftsmanship. Reiko has collaborated with makers in different materials both in England and in Japan. In addition to design work, the company specialises in ceramic glazing and experiments in the studio with new reactive glazes.
Where will this journey take us? The plan for the moment is to keep pushing our idea of what beauty in ceramics is, curate small batches of ceramics online straight out of the kiln and continue working with collaborators who inspire us.
Reiko also tutors part time on the Ceramic Design MA and BA course at Staffordshire university in Stoke on Trent.