If you like color and pattern in your work, but are also a fan of the beauty of clay in a raw state with little or no glaze, today’s video is for you. In this clip, an excerpt from Pottery Decoration: Traditional Techniques, potter Tom Shafer demonstrates a version of the nerikomi technique. Nerikomi (often referred to as “neriage”) is a decorative process established in Japan that involves stacking colored clays and then slicing through the cross section to reveal a pattern, which can then be used as an applied decoration, or in this case, to build a form on a plaster mold. This short and sweet video gives an introduction to building the loaves and shows how Tom uses the slices to make a bowl on a hump mold. There is no limit to the fun that can be had with this technique so watch the video and give it a go yourself! – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.


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This clip was excerpted from Pottery Decoration: Traditional Techniques, available in the Ceramic Arts Daily Bookstore.

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