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Georgia, US, Meets Japan: Japanese-Inspired Tableware, Handmade in the South

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Georgia, US, Meets Japan: Japanese-Inspired Tableware, Handmade in the South

February 6, 2019

Recently we’ve been admiring handmade, Japanese-style tableware made in an unexpected place: North High Shoals, Georgia. The small collection is a collaboration between husband and wife team Lori and Eric Wright who, they say, married their “love of the rustic, rural South with regard for the intrigue of the Japanese aesthetic.” ME Speak Design is the product of Lori’s Japanese-Hawaiian heritage and Eric’s background in furniture making, carpentry, and blacksmithing. Here’s a look at what’s currently on offer:

we like these small, one of a kind tinned dishes, made of hand tinned copp 17
Above: We like these small, one-of-a-kind Tinned Dishes, made of hand-tinned copper, which shows on the bottoms. They’re $48 each.
a set of two hand planed chopsticks, carved from white oak, is \$\20. 18
Above: A set of two Hand Planed Chopsticks, carved from white oak, is $20.
the &#8\2\20;rustic yet refined&#8\2\2\1; oleole dinner knife  19
Above: The “rustic yet refined” Oleole Dinner Knife is made of hand-forged stainless steel, with a delicately arched handle. Each is $75. Also in the Oleole collection: the Oleole Dinner Fork ($51), Oleole Salad Fork ($45.50), and Oleole Dinner Spoon ($47.60).
Above: Inspired by a traditional rice paddle, the Shamoji Rice Paddle is hand-carved, then burned for a charred finish, and can be used for any kind of cooking or serving. Of note: a small inset brass detail in the handle. It’s $65.
a medium cherry board, wire brushed and one of a kind, is \$68. 22
Above: A Medium Cherry Board, wire-brushed and one-of-a-kind, is $68.
a petite brass brush dish, so named for its brushed finish, is currently on sal 23
Above: A petite brass Brush Dish, so named for its brushed finish, is currently on sale for $45.

More Japanese-inspired goods for the table:

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