• design

4 October 2018

Makiki design

Shinki vessel

Melbourne-based designer Makiko Ryujin’s Shinki series of burnt vessels draws on her Japanese heritage. The works are informed by the cultural ceremony of burning traditional Daruma dolls, a ritual she observed as a child. The ceremony is rich in symbolism and is undertaken to mark both an end and a beginning; a demarcation of time that allows new plans to be reborn.

An exploration of the ways her vessels change shape as the green wood dries after turning and, then, burning, is central to Ryujin’s creative practice. Mentored by master craftsman and furniture maker Carl Lutz, Ryujin’s exquisite vessels shift perceptions of traditional woodworking techniques, inspiring a new generation of designer–makers to explore the craft.