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
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