Nerikomi Mon Amour

I have become fascinated with the ceramic art of Nerikomi which is understandable since I work in polymer and glass.  Nerikomi is the name of a technique similar to millefiore  for creating patterns in clay using  colored clay.  Nerikomi is also known as Neriage  but  I am not sure what, if any, the differences are.

Be that as it may, the first Nerikomi I ever saw what the work of Cate Fetterman at The Clay Studio in the 1980s.  Recently I saw that Nell Hazinski, another pottery artist I met at The Clay Studio, was giving a Nerikomi workshop in the Philadelphia area.  I couldn’t take the workshop, but I decided to try the technique after seeing these two pots in the Victoria and Albert Museum Ceramic collection

I am sorry to say that I do not know the name of the artist.  I think it might be Dorothy Feibleman, but I cannot confirm that.  You should check out her work anyway.

Here is my first attempt at Nerikomi using white earthenware and Mason Stains. I am currently trying the technique with colored porcelain which gives a much nicer result.

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Here is a fascinating video showing the Nerikomi process.

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