Founder Hayley with mucky hands from the Yakisugi charring process

Artshed Brighton

Brighton, East Sussex

Hi, I’m Hayley - a maker, obsessed with cooking, and seeing food beautifully presented.

I’ve been transforming wood, fabrics, and furniture for over 20 years, working mainly on commissions and with chefs and event designers.

Since moving to the UK in 2016, Yakisugi (or charring) has been the focus of my work.

Each item in my wooden tableware collection is designed to accentuate the colour and texture of food, as it contrasts so beautifully with the charred wood.

The story behind the business
Meet Artshed Brighton

Serendipity led me to stumble across Yakisugi, the Japanese technique of charring wood to colour, seal and preserve it. I was drawn in by the idea that all that is needed for this transformation is fire, an entirely natural process.

In 2016 I moved to the UK to care for my mum. When I needed a break, I’d often find myself in the local wood recycling yard, a playground of unwanted wood, where there was always a fire burning, and a kettle just boiled.

I made my first toast board there, for my mum, who was a huge toast lover. Fast forward: I fell in love, moved to Brighton, a pandemic happened… Like many others, the first lockdown found us with more time for creative pursuits. We found a wealth of raw materials on our doorstep: plastic bottles, tins, pallets… We set up our small business, Artshed Brighton, in 2020, making art from recycled materials.

founder Credentials

  • 60s Plus Founder
  • Female Founded Business
  • LGBTQIA Business


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