Colored Porcelain Patterns: Agateware/Nerikomi Sequel

## **Learn How to Make Agateware and Nerikomi Patterns using Colored Porcelain and Mason Stains**

In this tutorial, you will learn how to create stunning agateware and nerikomi patterns using black, pink, and red colored porcelain mixed with Mason stains. Agateware, nerikomi, or neriage are different techniques that involve layering clay to make beautiful colored pottery without the need for glazes.

**Colored Clay Designs Tutorial**

In this second video tutorial, I will demonstrate how to create colored clay designs using a very white cone 6 porcelain and custom-made colored porcelain mixed with Mason stains. It is recommended to use a lighter clay for the Mason stain clay to ensure vibrant colors. Porcelain works well, but white stoneware can also be used.

**Don’t Waste your Scraps!**

Save your clay scraps for creating marbled clay items such as marbles, river rocks, or cubes. These scraps can be repurposed and give a unique touch to your pottery.

#### **Learn How to Add Colors to Clay**

For more detailed instructions on how to add colors to clay using Mason stains, be sure to watch these helpful tutorials:

– [How to add colors to clay](
– [How to Add Colors to Clay using Mason Stains](

**Where to Purchase Mason Stains**

Here are a few reputable companies where you can purchase Mason stains to experiment with adding color to your own clay:

– [Great Lakes Clay]( – Located in Elgin, IL. Support local businesses!
– [Big Ceramics Store]( – They have a wide range of colors and provide pictures for previewing.

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**Music Credit:**

The music featured in this video was created by me using Garageband.

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**Video Transcript:**

“Welcome back to the studio, everybody! My name is Jim, and this is layered clay video number two. In this video, you’ll see black, red, and pink Mason stained porcelain. I’ll be making some nerikomi agatewear layered clay designs. Anyway, let’s jump into the video!”

“Check this out! I made this cube from the scraps you just saw me wedge up. If you can use them in some way, rocks, marbles, or in this case cubes, it’s definitely worth it. One day in a bag is what I usually do for these blocks just to get all the clay to the same consistency. Let’s give this a cut and see what we have. That looks awesome! Super excited to make something with this block of clay right here. So that looks like white, but that’s actually going be a pink. The pink is going to be a red, and that gray will be a dark gray, almost black. That’s everything, thanks for watching. If you enjoyed this video, hit that like button, and if you haven’t already, subscribe for more videos like this one you just saw.”

“Let me know what you think in the comments because every artist needs feedback. Until next time, I’m Jim, and whenever possible, be sure to make do and learn. We should get some slow-mo action on this.”

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Learn how to make agateware and nerikomi patterns using black, pink and red colored porcelain mixed with Mason stains. Layered clay is formally referred to as agateware, nerikomi, or neriage. There are subtle differences between each technique but all are useful in making colored pottery without having to worry about glazes.

This is my second video tutorial for creating colored clay designs. I’m using a very white cone 6 porcelain and some colored porcelain I made by mixing in different Mason stains in varied amounts. I recommend using a lighter clay for Mason stain clay so that your colors show up. Porcelain works well but you could also use a white stoneware.

Don’t throw the scraps away! I save them for making marbled clay items like marbles, river rocks, or cubes.

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 Mason stains from to try adding color to clay on your own. I don’t make money from these. Just giving you some quality resources 🙂

-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!

The music was made by me using Garageband.Neriage

What do you think?

Written by Ceramic Jim


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  1. Hi Jim…I just discovered Nerikomi and have watched lots of videos and find yours really informative. I do have a question: when making blocks of different coloured layers, do you need to score them to prevent cracking? I just made a 14-layer block using white clay, black slip and different coloured clay sausages wedged between the layers. I didn’t score before putting everything together. After all that work, I’m afraid the layers will break apart after I’ve made the mug. Any input you may have would be great! Thanks!

  2. I love your videos and am starting to work with colored clay. What do you make with the strips and blocks when you are not throwing or using a mold. Seem like you would need huge pieces to slab build.

  3. Hey Jim, Just stumbled across your series, really enjoying watching and learning, can't wait to try it. Thought at first it must be easier to get a consistent blend by mixing dry materials first, but by your example I see how much faster it is just adding stains to (wet) clay. I love purple, and found one mason stain that was REALLY expensive, tried (just once) adding it to clay but it barely showed… maybe didn't do percentages right … but it seems like weighing the (wet) clay or weighing dried material would make a vastly different ratio between clay and stain, right? Anyway I'll have to do some experimenting with your help – thanks a lot for sharing your knowledge. Don't hesitate to make your videos longer ~ I'm always wishing they were! (used to watching Hsin Chuen Lin who does half an hour or more… love watching him). Thanks again, great inspiration!!

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