NERIKOMI vs. AGATEWARE Wheel Throwing Part 2 – Trimming and Carving

NERIKOMI vs. AGATEWARE Wheel Throwing Part 2 – Trimming and Carving


welcome back to studio everybody my name
is Jim and in this video I’m going to trim what I threw in the last video if you recall
the first thing that I threw was the nerikomi clay it was red black and
white porcelain just stacked in layers then thrown on the wheel the second piece
that I threw was the agateware approach the same red black and white
porcelain but it was spiral wedged ten times and then Ram’s head wedged ten times
before I threw it now throwing with colored clay is very satisfying by
itself however if you trim or carve through the surface of colored clay it
will reveal intricate designs based on how that clay got distributed when you
threw one of the last pieces in my kiln loading was a similar composition of
clay it was one percent red five percent red one percent black and white
porcelain and the swirls were there once I carved through it vertically it
exposed layers almost like sedimentary rock in one of my earlier videos on this
channel I threw with marbled clay which was just
white and brown clay and it was interesting once it was thrown but once I
carved through it during the trimming process that’s how it really exposed
those interesting intricate layers now even though I scraped through with a metal
rib before I finished them on the wheel there’s still a thin almost invisible
but still there layer of film that’s covering some of the color so when I’m
working on agateware or colored clay like this what I always do before I trim
the bottom is I scrape the side down with a trimming tool to reveal the
best possible color I’ll do that first I’ll trim the bottom then I’ll carve
through the sides and we’ll see if we can expose some really cool patterns well that usually never happens well I bet I can salvage this yeah we can
salvage this so I was able to salvage the agateware
cup and the nerikomi went okay but you can see how trimming really exposes
the layers of when you use colored clay I’m going to carve through both of these and
see what we get over to the work table here are the results the nerikomi
cup from the beginning was pretty simple because there were only 12 layers but
it’s nice that when you carve vertically and diagonally so many times it really
helps kind of liven up those simple layers you see that especially in the
vertical areas how far you carve and what kind of tool you carve with also
affects how these layers turn out now that agateware cup was more complex from
the beginning it was wedged 20 times in two different directions that helped
mix the clay giving us more layers for the colored porcelain and you can see
just how many layers there are once you carve into it the vertical carving and
the diagonal carving expose how many layers there are behind that first
initial wall how deep you carve also affects how many layers you cut into so
if you carve deeper in one area than the other you may expose three or four more
layers of clay depending on how you wedged it up in the first place I
had a lot of fun making these I really enjoyed the carving process and I haven’t done
it in a while so it’s good to get back into it thanks so much for watching hope
you enjoyed it and I will see you in the next video

9 thoughts on “NERIKOMI vs. AGATEWARE Wheel Throwing Part 2 – Trimming and Carving

  1. Enjoying your videos. Thank you. Question: I see where people carve into pots that have deep layers of different colors. Do they hand build these pots with different colors of multi-layered clay that are stacked (but not mixed) and then carve them when the piece is leather hard? Can you show us some samples of this being done, please?

  2. Awesome work, could you please tell me where do you bought the coloured powder. Thanks for your reply in advance.

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