Ceramics: Explore Agateware and Nerikomi Clay Designs

# Layered Clay – Creating Agateware Designs with Black and White Porcelain

Hey there, welcome back to the studio! In this video, I’ll be demonstrating how to create stunning layered clay designs using black and white porcelain. This technique is commonly known as agateware, nerikomi, neriage or marbled clay.

To start off, I’ll be using a very white porcelain and a black colored porcelain that I made by adding 1% of black Mason stain. If you’re planning to use Mason stains, I recommend using a lighter clay so that your colors really pop. Porcelain works well for this technique, but stoneware can also be used.

If you’re interested in learning how to add colors to clay using Mason stains, I’ve created a couple of helpful tutorials:
– [How to add colors to clay](
– [How to add colors to clay using Mason stains](

To get started with your own layered clay creations, I’ve compiled a list of companies where you can purchase Mason stains:
– [Great Lakes Clay]( – Located in Elgin, IL. This is where I personally purchase from. Supporting local businesses is always a great choice!
– [Big Ceramics Store]( – They have a wide selection of colors and provide preview pictures to help you choose the right ones.

As an artist and teacher, I create student-friendly how-to tutorials and time-lapse creation videos to help students, art teachers, and other creatives improve their skills. If you’re interested, feel free to check out my channel, MakeDoLearn.

Let’s dive right into the video! I’ll be demonstrating the layering technique in a controlled manner, allowing me to have more control over the design. I’ll experiment with different color combinations and show you the results. Despite some slight distortion in the designs, I’m pretty happy with how they turned out.

In addition to the black and white porcelain, I’ve also experimented with layering different colored clays. By scoring and compressing the pieces together, I’ve created unique patterns and textures. If you enjoyed what you’ve seen so far, stay tuned for more updates on these colored clay techniques.

Remember, you can create almost any color using Mason stains, so feel free to let me know your color suggestions in the comments below. Don’t forget to give this video a thumbs up and subscribe to my channel for more exciting clay creations!

Music by MakeDoLearn

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Layered clay is formally referred to as agateware, nerikomi, neriage or marbled clay. In this video, I make layered clay designs using black and white porcelain.

This is my first video in hopefully a long series of colored clay designs. I’m using a very white porcelain and a black colored porcelain that I made by adding 1% of black Mason stain. I recommend using a lighter clay for Mason stains so that your colors show up. Porcelain works well but you could also use a stoneware.

How to add colors to clay:

How to Add Colors to Clay using Mason Stains:

Here are a few links to companies that you can purchase Masons stains from to try adding color to clay on your own:

-Great Lakes Clay. Elgin, IL. This is where I buy from. Support local!

-Big Ceramics Store. I’ve used them before and they have pictures to preview colors.

I’m an artist and teacher who makes student-friendly how to tutorials and time lapse creation videos for students, art teachers and any other creatives interested in improving their skills. Check out my channel if you’re interested. Thank you for checking out MakeDoLearn!

Music by MakeDoLearn

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Written by Ceramic Jim


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  1. No I haven’t tried fish line. I will try it though. The wire is great but you can lose it quickly only because it is so thin. I have made special ends on them so easier to grip and see. I would love to send you a couple just to “see”….lol. I know this is a public sight but am wondering if there Is there a PO box or address of your work you can get mail. Thanks again for all you videos.. can’t wait for new ones☺️

  2. Love your work! I just discovered you can use guitar wire instead of the regular wire and you get the absolute cleanest cut….no blurry lines at all. Just thought you might be interested. Thanks for all your insight and videos!

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