Reiko Kaneko

P/T Lecturer (Hrly) - Ceramics

School of Digital, Technologies and Arts

Reiko Kaneko is ceramicist, designer and educator based in London. She works at various scales in a range of typologies, designing both products for manufacture and bespoke pieces for commissioned projects.

After graduating from Central Saint Martins School of Art and Design, I founded a creative studio in London in 2007. Initially building up a client base for my small batch production ceramic designs, I began to take on bespoke commissions from 2009 onwards, creating tableware, glassware and tea ware for prestigious restaurants and galleries.

In 2012, with expansion of both knowledge and business scale in mind, I took the step to move to Stoke-on-Trent, the traditional home of industrial scale pottery manufacturing in Britain. The possibility of controlling all aspects of my studios output, from how everything was made to finessing all parts of the supply chain had great appeal.

In 2017 I returned to London to build a garden studio and to work within the creative energy of the city again. I have continued to run the Stoke-on-Trent studio at a smaller scale and in 2018 began teaching part-time on the MA Ceramics course at Staffordshire University. I am a passionate advocate of both creativity in education and industry. My personal focus has been on developing the skills needed to be a thoughtful and productive creative practitioner. My approach is open, knowledge is just beginning and like many of my generation, I feel it is time to affect change.

Professional memberships and activities

Industry Champion for Policy and Evidence Centre led by Nesta

Academic qualifications

BA (Hons) Arts and Design, Central Saint Martins

HND Foundation Kingston University

Enterprise and commercial interests

Design for Manufacture

SCP since 2013 - terracotta, Orlando, lighting.

Vista Alegre - Collection of Bowls

Project commission as a potter designer

The Fat Duck since 2009 - Tableware. Mad hatter platter, bone plate, loop plate, woodland centrepiece, butter dish, botrytis plate, cloud plate and more,

69 Colebrook Row & Untitled Bar 2009 - Oyster, Vagina Cocktail Vessel

Paradise Restaurant / Dan Preston 2019 - Tropical Brutalism inspired bespoke Tiles.

Connaught Hotel / Remy Martin 2019 - Cocktail glass

NEFF 2018 - Flavour Enhancing tableware according to Prof. Charles Spence's research

Takagi Kaperan 2019 - Ceramics for Hotel Interiors

Audemus Spirits 2016 onwards - Limited Edition Gin bottles 

UK University

StudentCrowd University Awards 2022

of Research Impact is ‘Outstanding’ or ‘Very Considerable’

Research Excellence Framework 2021

for Job Prospects

StudentCrowd University Awards 2022

for Student Satisfaction

Complete University Guide 2022

of Research is “Internationally Excellent” or “World Leading”

Research Excellence Framework 2021

for Social Inclusion

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022