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Mishima Inlay Using Ceramic Underglazes

Mishima inlay is very attractive to me and I want to do more of it. This form of inlay does require a painstaking process using colored slips. First, I had to remove clay from the areas I wanted to inlay, then fill them with slip, let it absorb over time, then add more, etc. Finally, after the inlaid slip was level with the untouched clay on the piece or vessel and dry enough, I could clean it up and let it dry completely. I did this once with a tile mural I did of stellar evolution, inlaying cobalt slip on white clay. It turned out quite nice. But, as I say, very time-consuming. So, I was very happy to learn of the Mishima technique using underglaze. It seems so very easy and, while it’s not the same, traditionally, it affords very nice effects. I rather stoked about seeing this method on this video and I want to experiment with in the future. Mishima is an ancient technique and soon a friend of mine is going to take me to the studio of someone who is a master at this technique. They both go to the same Buddhist temple and my friend and I both look forward to going.


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Founder of the Bauhaus School & the TAC Tea Service

Table of Contents

  1. Walter Gropius
  2. Bauhaus Movement
  3. Bauhaus School
  4. The Bauhaus Pottery
  5. TAC Tea Service


1. Walter Gropius

“Our guiding principle was that design is neither an intellectual nor a material affair, but simply an integral part of the stuff of life, necessary for everyone in a civilized society.’ — Walter Gropius

Walter Gropius

2. Bauhaus Movement

3. Bauhaus School

4. The Bauhaus Pottery

5.  TAC Tea Service

Rosenthal line designed by Gropius.

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Ocarinas and Such…

And now for something completely different! Did you have an ocarina when you were a kid…also known as a sweet potato? Well, I am going home today! Mom’s on the mend and music is in the air!

Here are how-to sites for making ocarinas, starting with this one and moving to a second and third site for instructions. A video tutorial can be found at the end of this post, too.

If you are feeling really adventurous, you might also want to take a look at this book, Mud to Music, about instruments made of clay. Here’s a little bit about it:

With a history reaching back to ancient times, creating ceramic musical instruments is a vibrant pursuit for many innovative artists today…From Mud to Music explores the vast array of ceramic musical instruments, from their historical traditions in world cultures to modern variations and innovations. All instrument families are represented: percussion, winds, strings, and even unique hybrids. For each type of instrument, special construction techniques specific to clay are explained...Mud to Music includes a CD of music performed on clay instruments featured in the book.

Here’s the video tutorial:


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Motawi Arts & Crafts Tiles

Today, I’m featuring my favorite group of artisans, Motawi Tileworks. Years ago, I learned about them in a magazine to which we subscribe, American Bungalow. I had been meaning to run something about them and you may have noticed them in my blogroll. They have a new write-up in the Winter 2010 issue of the magazine and it brought them to the fore again in my thinking. I am most strongly inspired by the  Arts & Crafts Movement and Motawi produces tiles in this style. If you’d like to read more about this movement, I have quite a few links in my Resources section. Of all the mass-produced Arts & Craft tiles currently produced, Motawi is the best. The designs and craftsmanship…well, you take a look!

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