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 here in The Potteries, and tapping into over two centuries of knowledge in fine bone china production that led her to concentrate on ceramics and in 2012 move her studio from London to Stoke on Trent.
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 and is right behind the recent renaissance in regional heritage and craft hubs. In addition to design work, the company finishes many products in-house and is experimenting in the studio with new reactive glazes.
Where will this journey take us? The plan for the moment is to be part of a creative community here in Stoke on Trent, to keep pushing our idea of what beauty in ceramics is, and to continue making everyday products that create a bond with the user.