Nerikomi (often referred to as “neriage”) refers to the art of making fired vessels from myriad pieces of colored and stained clays.
To create Nerikomi ware, clay is mixed with ceramic stains and metal oxides. The colored clays are rolled into slabs, then stacked, folded and pressed to form a log. Slices of the log are cut, stretched, twisted and arranged in a mold to form a vessel.
This technique allows the pattern to penetrate through the vessel wall so that the identical pattern is visible on both inside and outside the vessel. The formed vessel is allowed to dry to leather hard consistency when both the internal and external walls are painstakingly scraped to a uniform thickness. Forming, trimming and smoothing the vessel’s edges and any piercing of the walls of the vessel are also completed prior to bisque firing. Once fired, the vessel is carefully cleaned and inspected. Those vessels which pass this inspection are given a coat of transparent glaze and refired to provide a uniform and smooth transparent surface.
Nerikomi is a true thief of the artist’s time. Of all ceramic techniques, it is perhaps the most time-consuming. Yet it offers limitless opportunities to create distinctive colored designs and patterns within each piece of work. For example, traditionally Nerikomi has been limited to the creation of functional objects.
Every piece is one-of-a-kind artwork.