2 day course: Introduction to Nerikomi - Camden Art Centre

Introduction to Nerikomi, is a two-day ceramics course led by ceramicist Mizuyo Yamashita.

Nerikomi, or Neriage is a Japanese technique used to create interesting and detailed patterns in the clay by combining multiple and coloured clays In Japan, this technique has been used to create geometric patterns, flower motifs and cartoon characters in clay.

During this course, students will learn to make patterns by manipulating and colouring clay according to the rules of Nerikomi. Nerikomi slabs will then be used to create simple shapes such as plates and bowls.


This course will cover:

  • Colouring clay
  • Introduction to clay patternmaking including:
    • Ichimatsu (checkered pattern)
    • Uzura-de (a traditional Nerikomi pattern)
    • Striping and marbling


Artwork and objects made during this course will be fired at the Camden Art Centre kiln, and can be taken home by students.

This course is suitable for those with little to no experience of ceramics. All materials costs are included. Size restrictions apply.

The Artist Additional information

The Artist

Mizuyo Yamashita is a Japanese ceramicist based in London. Mizuyo makes tableware and objects inspired by traditional shapes & techniques. Mizuyo also teaches the techniques she learnt in the research of Japanese pottery in her studio and at other organisations.

Additional information

The building is fully wheelchair accessible. Please visit our access page on our website for more information on getting here, parking and facilities.

Adults’ courses are 18+ unless otherwise stated.

Evidence of concessionary status must be shown on the first day of the course.

For every season, each person can only book and attend one of the courses on a ‘pay what you can’ ticket.

Booking on a course at Camden Art Centre signifies your agreement to our terms and conditions as stated in our Learning Agreement.

Bookings are non-refundable, unless the course is cancelled by the Centre.
The course will only go ahead if the minimum participant requirement for the course to run is met. If the course does not go ahead, bookings will be refunded.