Mishima Inlay Using Ceramic Underglazes

Mishima inlay is very attractive to me and I want to do more of it. This form of inlay does require a painstaking process using colored slips. First, I had to remove clay from the areas I wanted to inlay, then fill them with slip, let it absorb over time, then add more, etc. Finally, after the inlaid slip was level with the untouched clay on the piece or vessel and dry enough, I could clean it up and let it dry completely. I did this once with a tile mural I did of stellar evolution, inlaying cobalt slip on white clay. It turned out quite nice. But, as I say, very time-consuming. So, I was very happy to learn of the Mishima technique using underglaze. It seems so very easy and, while it’s not the same, traditionally, it affords very nice effects. I rather stoked about seeing this method on this video and I want to experiment with in the future. Mishima is an ancient technique and soon a friend of mine is going to take me to the studio of someone who is a master at this technique. They both go to the same Buddhist temple and my friend and I both look forward to going.

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About Jan

I have a background in ceramics, graphic design and journalism.
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