We worked with the Japanese potter Minoru Suzuki to transport the pieces to Mashiko, to fire them in his traditional wood-fired climbing kiln. We continuously stoked the fire with wood for 48 consecutive hours, raising the temperature of the kiln to 1300c. The wood firing resulted in widely varied surface effects across the pieces, dependent on their positioning within the kiln and the interaction of firing fly ash with the clay and glaze.
The finished pieces were then displayed in the ceramics studio as part of the exhibition, alongside a film documenting their production. The designs developed at Shiseido have since been further developed by the Granby Workshop team in Liverpool, and have formed the basis of a new product range, Stacked Bottles. The range will be launched and retailed as part of London Craft Week 2019 at a new, monthly pop-up ‘Bottle Shop’ at Coal Drops Yard.