NERIKOMI is the Japanese name for the process of making patterned blocks of colored clays by variations of cutting and layering. It is a very effective method of creating images that go through the complete block of clay. Nerikomi veneers are often made by taking very thin slices from prepared colored clay blocks and attaching them to a thicker white clay sheet with either water or thin white or colored slip.
|CUTTING SLICES FROM SINGLE COLORED CLAY BLOCK|
|LAYERING THE SLICES FROM THREE COLORED CLAY BLOCKS|
|MOVING THE COLORED SLICES ONTO OTHER SLICES |
CREATING CHEQUERBOARD PATTERN
|PUSHING A RULER THROUGH A SIMPLE LAYERED BLOCK|
TO CREATE BRACKET PATTERN
|PUSHING RULER IN OPPOSITE DIRECTION|
|Completed, wood sheen fired, slab-built mug by Susy Siegele and Michael Haley.|
The through-clay image can be clearly seen on the interior of the mug where it has been coated with a clear glaze and fired at cone 9.