Learn the Japanese pattern-making technique of Nerikomi in this 4 week course.
Nerikomi, or Neriage is a Japanese technique to create interesting pottery surfaces by combining multiple clays and coloured clays. The basic idea of the technique is the same with agateware and marbled ware; to create patterns in the clay body. In Japan, it has been developed further to create geometric patterns, floral motifs and cartoon characters in clay.
Introduction to Nerikomi is a 4 week course providing an insight into pattern making in this Japanese technique. You will learn the rules, tips and tricks in manipulating clay and the basics of designing while exploring a small variety of patterns.
You will form simple shapes such as plates and bowls with Nerikomi slabs, which will then be fired and glazed.
This course will cover:
- Colouring clay
- Introduction to various pattern making including:
- Ichimatsu (Checked pattern)
- Uzura-de (a traditional Nerikomi pattern)
- Striping and marbling
This course is suitable for those with little to no experience of ceramics. All materials and firing costs are included, size restrictions apply.