"I design and make furniture and home-wares, as well as working on site as a carpenter and joiner. I work mainly in wood but occasionally in metal when a job requires it. Personally I like to think of what I make as being functional objects which make everyday life a little bit more enjoyable."
"The oldest piece of suminigashi in Japan is from 1118 AD at the end of the Heian period (794 - 1185) and is found on a piece of washi (Japanese paper) with calligraphy and suminigashi on one corner. It was originally also used as a kind of copy proof to write on because no two suminigashi can ever be the same. It’s thought to have originated earlier than 1118 however, with the process begin referred to in a text from the 9th century. It is definitely the oldest form of marbling. Turkish marbling doesn’t come in until around the 1400s and that’s using thickened water, onto which you drop the ink. With suminigashi, it’s just pure water and you touch the brush to it to the surface to make the discs of ink."
The element of wizardry, magic or disbelief is key in considering the work of an artificer. Comprehending the manual skill, care and mental labour involved in making an object of great beauty or complexity by hand can be a joy and a challenge.