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  1. Books About Nerikomi

    I only just saw this now. Jo Connell wrote a book about colored clay published by A&C Black. Curtis Benzle has published something in English, I was part of a distance learning program at Canberra in 2004 and the photos they made for the class are on youtube. You don't really need a book. Several people from Australia have come to the classes I give in Honolulu every year. Get a cheap flight and join us next time. There are many ways to make laminated colored clay and most originated in the west, not where the "word" comes from. Translucent porcelain "nerikomi" (laminated colored clay) is not historically Japanese. The character for nerikomi is contemporary from the late 1970s. I started using the word to explain to people I talked to where I was living in Japan what I did. Because they knew the word from a television advertisement for coffee and some "nerikomi" coffee cups were available to the first people writing in. So, most people who watched TV knew the word because something free was on offer. It also has other meanings not related to clay. Most of the information which remains on Wikipedia was written by me and altered by someone who didn't like my information about certain aspects of historical pieces that were not identified correctly and they obviously didn't like that being pointed out on the internet. Basically, there are things in collections of museums which are unfortunately labelled incorrectly. It is an obscure subject plus, labels fall off in storage over time. I have been collecting data for years about it historically by country, chemically, and to do with imaging but, will publish - eventually. It will be more of an academic reference book. It will not be a how to do it book. There is enough on youtube. Here is my website info: nerikomi.blogspot.com dorothyfeibleman.blogspot.com dorothyfeibleman.com - not updated Here are the you tubes you can look at that will give you a lot of information about how I work with translucent colored porcelains. I do not work in a traditional (since mingei) Japanese block way for tableware. (But, that is demonstrated in one video for how to use the extruder for nerikomi). Most people in the west figure out their own way of getting the image they are after and are not producing a lot of low fire tableware or or stoneware repeats. Porcelain is more popular in Europe and in the USA due to image definition. Because I have been in Japan on and off since 1993 and because Curtis has been there a couple of times, and due to historical reasons, ( porcelain and especially translucent porcelain, was not used for lamination until recently in that area of the world.) I have worked with translucent and non translucent whites intensively since 1995. And, white/white plus color gradations since 1995. I would call that my personal expression. I work with light and the translucency and how the image changes with different angles of light. My imaging is usually structural. Japanese nerikomi is also structural generally but how they obtain their imaging is different unless they are ripping me. Then it can be identified as a derivation of my expression I developed, which is contemporary,& not traditional anywhere historically (translucent white/white & translucent white/white + color gradations = my expression). I have been working with translucent laminated porcelain since 1969. Also, I put the "Magic Tool System" together so that people can think in 3D and make imaging with an extruder and all the other tools together as a system. All images that you can make by hand can also be made using the extruder in a different way than usual for clay. An explanation will be available with the extruder parts from Amaco Brent. Structural imaging for porcelain/clay by extruder for nerikomi type imaging for pots is not historical either. That is my gift to people who think they cannot think in 3D, but they will, think they can't make something that looks reasonable, but they can. The first one is Begin Japanology. Someone put it on youtube: www.youtube.com/watch?v=7g60JYes-1A This one is how to do it by hand and by machine-I invented parts for the extruder which help the imaging. The machine parts are patent pending: www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQXcqNpGW90 These are some on my channel with the how I do it when I demonstrated at Canberra. Greg Daly probably has more film. These are some I did when I was a teacher at the International Ceramic Studio in Kecskemet in Hungary. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XGLfVS2V4VI https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=onSG08Js3Dk End of Message. DF
  2. Parian Slip

    Belleek in Ireland uses a parian. Their's is slightly yellowish in color. Sevres in Paris uses one. Look for porcelains that are cone 5. More than likely it is a parian body or slip. Little kaolin, lots of flux. It was used for white sculptural items which looked like Parian marble, hence the description. Potterycrafts U.K. used to sell one of my parian bodies in several colors and white. So, to answer your question, yes, you can put stain in it but test the amount the stain increases the fluxing qualities. When Potterycrafts were taken over by Limoges, they stopped producing some of the clays they made in Stoke-on-Trent. Parian is usually a low fire porcelain and it is also used to make dolls. It has more flux, hence the surface can look like marble You can probably buy doll porcelain which is more than likely parian. D.F.