Nerikomi Tutorial #1 – My New Book!

Nerikomi Tutorial #1 – My New Book!

this came from Japan check it out Japan
Post let’s open this up there you go look at this thing super colorful
completely in Japanese I looked like I scoured the internet for anything I
could find there’s some websites there’s some articles ceramic arts daily has an
article about nerikomi there’s an American book about coloring clay so
this was a book on Amazon that is all about Nerikomi the process of layering
coloured clays this book here it’s a Japanese book I’m nerikomi I’m super
excited for this let’s look at a few of these what to do with this box
it’s a nice color isn’t it could be a good color for a shirt there we go ready
to make some nerikomi we got to get a better view for this video though here
goes nothing it’s hard to thumb through this with your left thumb let’s do one
together let’s try this I think these are the 25 that I can do in the front hmmm so many choices I don’t know if I
actually understand how to do this the first time looking through it oh look at
this this book even has like little grids where you can put your clay on top
of well maybe not maybe it’s just still for a show but you could put your clay
on top of it and use as a stencil whoa I think we should try this one what do you
think that one you know what it’s not even that hard it looks like all we got
to do is okay yeah let’s try this near comeyou pattern tutorial mode engage
there’s as weird as I thought it would be first pattern of the new nerikomi
book happening right now need less of this middle color so looks
like we need twice as much of the other two colors pound of yellow pound orange
half a pound of white simultaneous wedging there we go so I’m gonna squeeze this pretty thin
I’m gonna use this ruler as a as the thickness of it of the strip so I figure
as far as I can roll this out that should be good quarter-inch slats I use
an x-acto even though I’m on canvas because I used all exacto knives so
they’re super sharp but they’re not too sharp where they’re gonna ruin the
canvas you’re working on you know I hear it let’s use this I’ll use the ruler as
a guideline for everything and this is 8% yellow which means I wedged in Mason
stains 8% per weight I think we’ll skip ahead at this point in the video so
let’s skip ahead all right all I have to do is just layer these clays into one
strip and then cut really specific trapezoids you’re supposed to add a
little bit of water in between the layers I sometimes don’t depends on how
the clay is but the book tells me to so I’ll do it and then I have this tool
here kind of roll it on I want to push too hard because I pushed you hard it’ll
stretch this out it’s pushing enough to give it some specific pressure here do
orange on the yellow we’ll do yellow and white again a little
bit of water in orange this I know is wider than what I want at least in the
book it has it at maybe half an inch and this is about an inch so I’m gonna take
this and I’m gonna roll it flat actually I’ll cut in half first roughly doesn’t
matter to me there’s a little cross-section for you that looks nice this distorted more than I wanted it to
that’s okay oh you know it I take it back it worked
just as I thought it would three-quarter inch slats for this narrow
me piece so far all these pieces were 1/4 inch thick just to give you a
reminder gently very gently I’m hoping we have enough for this I don’t know if
we do looks like I have about eight inch pieces this is definitely longer so two
eight inch pieces that are probably about a half inch thick if plain
porcelain in the center eight percent yellow around that and then eight
percent red or on that way to do is cut it’s almost like a triangle really one
inch and 3/16 equilateral triangle I got to think for a moment let’s cut this so
here’s what I did I made an equilateral triangle that’s in inch 3/16 on every
side there’s the magic piece of equipment it’s all we need first piece now I’m gonna cut these ends
off these are in the way does anybody here ever done this before besides me a
lot of you I think are here on this channel because of the colored clay well
have you done have you done some of the packet where where you swirl and wedge
of colored clay some marbled clay have you done some nerikomi like this
what has everybody done let me know I’m hoping that this video can be a tutorial
for all of you now because I feel like the internet doesn’t have as much info
on nerikomi as it should it’s the Internet it should have everything this
well there we go wait this is not gonna work shoot there
you go so you need to have the top measurement of this piece be just as
wide as the side measurement that’s where I went wrong with my plan imagine
that the book knew more than I did I’m in traffic stats give me a second
now try rolling this out let’s see yep cool fixed it alright I’m gonna skip
ahead to all the cuts okay where is the center where’s the center okay here
again made a small mistake my first time trying this pattern with you on camera
haven’t done it before these should all make large triangles take each one and
this kind of diagonal should be the same distance at the top top and the side
there we go last piece goes on top not like that
that wouldn’t make a triangle with it like this so you kind of got a I mean if
you like puzzles this is great forming it into a triangle there’s one well I’m excited this is gonna be good
in the book here takes 24 of these big triangles we won’t have that if we can
get six we can do a mini version of that pattern which I think we have we
definitely have not for six this is reminding me of Zelda and the Triforce
anybody know what I’m talking about Legend of Zelda it’s a really cool game
it took three of these trapezoids formed into a triangle yeah like six triangles
to make a big hexagon all you gotta do is just turn these like this these go
together like this and then the same goes for the top too this is just a test tapping on the table
I don’t want to distort the pattern too much I’m just giving it a little bit of
pressure here’s the thing – don’t be afraid to mess this surface up cuz when
you cut a new slice the underneath part where you cut is gonna be nice I’m
smoothing this out to link all of these pieces together you know I post these
cuttings on Instagram – if you want to see more of this stuff you know I don’t
always have videos for all the naira Komi that I do check out the instagram
below its ceramic jim it might change someday I don’t know
right now ceramic gym is easy YouTube Instagram so where I live in terms of
the art world I’m gonna cut a very thin piece of this and we’ll see what we get
whatever thickness you want cut put that down cut it and then the bottom part is
the cut off you’ll flip it and peel it off versus kind of cut the very top
layer alright it’s time to cut are you ready for this zoomin in’ put a weight on top of this
bowl of water oh that turned out pretty good I’d say
you think so again we have plain porcelain sandwich by 8% yellow
porcelain and then 8% orange porcelain you can see it’s not quite perfect but
there are some nice areas this right here I think I nailed this triangle that
one looks awesome let’s compare to the pattern shall we
what would you say I’d say I did okay now again I only did this small center
hexagon I would need 18 more triangles which means I’d need 54 more trapezoids
just to get this to work what are you working on in the studio is it marbled
clay agate where normal pots are you doing some spray glazing what are you
working on right now thanks so much for watching here’s the book at our neighbor
know the title of it is it’s nerikomi stuff bonus pattern are you ready
here we go you

25 thoughts on “Nerikomi Tutorial #1 – My New Book!

  1. Isn't trapping air a huge issue with stuff like that? I mean people always tell to wedge forever and to never fold or otherwise get any air inside the clay while working it. Watching your videos one could get the impression your kiln must explode once every week 😉

  2. What kind of porcelain do you use? You’ve inspired me to try nerikomi pottery but I’m using special porcelain (as I can only fire cone 10) and I’m finding either I have to have it really wet so it’ll cut nicely but is difficult to shape or is firmer and more manageable but won’t slice without tearing up the piece!

  3. Most loyal subscriber here, absolutely outstanding skills with nearakomy. Also, I’d love to see more complex pot throwing or hand building techniques! Can’t wait to see the cool ideas you could come up with. Great video and keep up the cool translations and energy!!!!!


  4. I'm in my second semester ceramics I got to throw some porcelain today and tried throwing it with the other clay we use for class. To marble . It was fun

  5. Enjoy watching you experiment. Been making handbuilt pieces from porcelain Nerikomi blocks. I do lose a lot of pieces to cracks. I think I put too high a concentration of stain in originally and the hand building is slow so the clay dries fast. I'm doing better with slump molds instead of hump molds. Thanks for sharing.

  6. HI there from the Uk, right from the start (approx 2 years ago) I was drawn to colouring clay and mixing different clay bodies in amongst all the other experimentation that goes hand and hand with being pretty much self taught. I’ve realised that glazing lets me down a lot so recently moved towards colouring clay using stains and becoming more interested in Nerikomi. Like you that was the only book i could find on the internet but I didn’t build it as it wasn’t in english – so will be interested in how you get on with it.
    My style is pretty abstract – check out my instagram @gracelouisemcg.
    Ive recently found your channel and subscribed as i find your tutorials fun and informative – again many of the nerikomi videos just have awful music playing and no information, which is frustrating! So keep up the good work and thank you 🙏

  7. Just like everyone else… your site and videos. Just waiting for you to offer workshops😬 Out of curiosity, how hard was it to look at the descriptions and decipher it in order to create what was pictured. I thought of getting it a while ago but thought it too hard to calculate ect. As always, keep making videos as you REALLY REALLY REALLY ARE THE ONLY SOURCE OUT THERE FOR MANY OF US!

  8. I tried to do some nerikomi a couple of years ago. After firing, there were parts where the different clays did not hold together. Yours is very pretty!

  9. Yes, I have tried some agate ware. I had a few successes. It’s stunning when it works out well. I’ve tried some nerikomi. I’m still learning and you are one of the few who provides clear instructions. A big problem that I’m having is not having the clay separate between colors.

  10. Having fun with Both the clay and video media, love the use of your grade 10 construction geometry. Very gentle with the viewer, obviously a teacher used to anticipating students speeds and needs, very engaging, showing your struggle- awesome! enough with the critique- the book is now at almost 900$ Canadian on Amazon! any plans to make your own book later, downloadable or physical? these youtubes are great thanks for all the care you put into them!

  11. Just watched your video, it is great! I have been playing with Nerkomi for a few months. very happy with my results, but want to experiment more. Thanks for the ideas!

  12. The source for that book was a class Dorothy Feibleman gave at Ichinokura Sakazuki Museum in 2006. The authors of the book neglect to mention that they didn't ask her if they could publish her performance and expression. Most of what is in that book was lifted from Dorothy Feibleman's class. The authors did not make translucent porcelain nerikomi before they attended the class. They neglected to mention that many ways of working in the book are not Japanese.They are Dorothy's original expression. Many of the methods shown are not traditional Japanese and are only visible in Japan because Dorothy was there and exhibited. They lifted her personal expression and made it seem like it is Japanese but most of the book is not a Japanese way of working with colored clay. There is no history of colored translucent clay or colored clay imaging constructed like Dorothy's imaging and methods especially the geometric, the flower petals, working with white/whites and coloring with dye that burns out so you can see what you are doing and how they are implying it is Japanese. That was not necessary before because no one made translucent white white nerikomi anywhere before Dorothy. Just thought you should know what you are promoting and giving misinformation about.

  13. I checked out this book but really can,t afford nearly 500 euros for it. Which is ridiculous! So my next best thing is to suggest that you write the book we are all looking for. I love watching you work. You just get to business and don,t lose focus on what is important. I would imagine your book would reflect that also. So please let us know when it will be hitting the stands, so I can pre-order. Thanks , and keep up the beautiful work!

  14. Hi,
    Thanks for this information. I am also looking for a book about Nerikomi, but alas there is not much information out there. I have been doing more agate like work, but your videos have been super helpful. Here is my instagram where you can see what I am doing…..
    Thanks for all the work that you do.

  15. I am a beginner potter. I am only taking classes and have thrown pieces and have made some slab pieces. For the patterns of Nerikomi can't you just do some of the cane patterns that are used for polymer clay? If you have the coloring of the clay down and the firing of the clay then you could do almost any of the cane patterns. Just a thought from a beginner. Love the videos 🙂

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