Best in British Craftsmanship


We would like to thank The English Home for this guest post on the Best In British Craftsmanship Award...

We were delighted to announce that this year’s winner of The English Home award for Best in British craftsmanship was Hitomi Hosono for her captivating ceramic work. Jill Shearer, Deputy Editor, made the presentation at Decorex.

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Deputy Editor, Jill Shearer is shown presenting the Award to Hitomi Hosono.

It is always a difficult task to select the recipient of our Best in British Craftsmanship award, and with a huge number of exceptionally gifted designers and artisans to choose from at Decorex, this year was no exception. We were particularly struck by the extraordinary range of talent and innovation on display on the Future Heritage stand - a diverse selection of artists producing work in various media - from cabinetry to tapestry with materials ranging from fabric to glass - each designed to work within and enhance a domestic interior space.

Curated by the art and design journalist, Corinne Julius, each piece in this thoughtfully compiled collection had something important to say about contemporary British design, however it was Hitomi Hosono’s exquisite ceramics that really stood out for us. Inspired by a vibrant, tropical underwater landscape, her pieces fairly ripple with life and a delicately hued organic beauty.

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Large coral bowl by Hitomi Hosono, Adrian Sassoon, London

Hitomi has been in London since 2007, when she came to study for an MA in Ceramics and Glass at the Royal College of Art. Each intricately carved piece takes months of painstaking work, with pigments blended carefully by hand, which she says she likes to do whilst listening to Radio Four in her London studio. “I find it so inspiring as there is so much interest and appreciation of craftsmanship here in England,” she says.

See more of Hitomi’s work here.

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