The Spin designers and craftsmen who think up and help create the unique pieces that fill our stores have an equally unique and creative work space that they call home during the weekday. The Spin Ceramics Design Campus in suburban Shanghai embraces our brand ethos with its simple, elegant, organic and fluent design.
As you enter the campus you encounter the Design Studio. A Japanese rock garden and koi pond softens the otherwise sleek industrial aesthetic of the exterior. Once inside, overlooking the rock garden is a desk for each designer along with meeting space, library and plenty of room to spread out.
The creative process can't be rushed; in the adjacent room from the designers' work spaces is a large rec room with a pool table, piano, entertainment center and dinning area as well as a full kitchen. Lunch is prepared each day for the team; designers and craftsmen eat their meals together followed by some down time.
On the other side of the Design Campus is the second but equally crucial part to making the ceramic masterpieces: The Craftsmens' Workshop. It is the heart of Spin's research and design, housing an impressive array of tools, machines and everything one could need to experiment on how to make clay turn into a water bag, cube or knot.
However the most impressive part of the workshop is not the building itself but the 8 craftsmen (and craftswomen). With over 200 years of combined experience help the young designers turn their vision in to literal form. Jingdezhen trained with many hailing from multi-generational ceramic craftsmen families, they are the life blood of the Spin creation process.
New designs are tested and refined in the workshop and fired in adjoining buildings. Once the process of creation is mastered (which can take up to a year or more) the new design is brought to Jingdezhen where our studio workshop partners then use the specific production techniques tested in the workshop to produce the piece for our stores.
The Kaolin Mountain (高嶺山), which is very close to Jingdezhen (where our pieces are produced), is the source of Kaolin clay and the world's first porcelain.