NERIKOMI vs. AGATEWARE Wheel Throwing

NERIKOMI vs. AGATEWARE Wheel Throwing


What’s up everybody my name is Jim, welcome back to the studio. Today we’re going to thrown with some colored clay nerikomi first and then wedged up agateware second then we’ll compare the results these clays were wedged up first plain porcelain 8% red mason stain porcelain 3% percent black mason stain porcelain these were already made beforehand I just cut off some pieces 8% red two pieces 3% black two pieces and plain white porcelain two pieces so first things first I wedged these into nice chunks and kind of get them square and ready to go sometimes one hand is all you need to wedge. Two hands can be too much if it’s too small of a piece of clay. All wedged up ready to go now chances are you’ve already seen someone throw will color clay before or color porcelain like this here. For these three pieces I’m going to wedge them up randomly kind of like your typical agateware marbleware but for these three I’m going to cut thin slices and stack them as you would for nerikomi. I’ll throw with both and we’ll see the difference in all the rings and swirls with the two different preparation methods. Now this is a very sloppy nerikomi block it’s not really a nerikomi block anyway it’s more like just stacked colors but this is the nerikomi process. This different kind of preparation should give us a different result than this more spiral wedged random preparation method there’s the difference let’s see what we get so here’s the two side-by-side this was that marbled kind of agateware approach more random wedging the clay and this was the nerikomi stacked clay approach now remember the marbleware agateware piece of clay was spiral wedged ten times and then rams head wedged ten times so it got a lot more mixed together and here is the nerikomi block approach. Now you can see it’s not as design heavy or intricate as the agateware marbled ware approach. This was wedged twenty times. It really mixed the clay up. This had twelve layers but they were maybe a quarter-inch thick. If you were to add maybe twenty five thin layers or fifty or roll it out and stack it so you multiply the layers you might get a more a intricate more busy design. But try it out for yourself. yWhatever your approach you really can’t lose throwing with colored clay, it’s awesome! I will trim these, finish them up later, and let you know the results. Anyways thanks for watching, it’s good to see you all. It’s been a while. I’m happy to be back in the studio. I got more things coming, plaster molds, new colors, new ideas so stay tuned and I will see you in the next video.

16 thoughts on “NERIKOMI vs. AGATEWARE Wheel Throwing

  1. This random one is cooler, nerikomi one has this white strip that spoils the effect in my opinion 🙂 I'd love to see them glazed 🙂

  2. Thanks soo much! I’m a handbuilder at heart, so I love the press molding process you show.
    And watching the throwing with agateware and nerikomi adds so much excitement to your pieces that it gives me incentive to keep plugging away to get more skillful on the wheel! Awesome!

  3. Love your videos and I’m not even a potter! Lol but my sister is, so I’ll highly recommend her your site 👍🏼😉. Blessings from Chile 🇨🇱!

  4. I haven't watched all of your videos yet, but I'm wondering how the clay coloring (thus agate/Nerikomi) might work with a low-fire white clay. I get my clay from Archie Bray in Helena, MT.

  5. I just found your channel recently. I love your stuff and your videos! Please do more! I'm just getting going on my pottery since I sold my business and I'm hungry for your kind of tutorial videos! Thank you!

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