Jeff has really been enjoying digging and processing the "wild" clay in our yard. When the area for our kiln shed was excavated, it exposed a lot of this luscious, orange, goodness. After blunging, screening, and drying on plaster, it was ready to be wedged and thrown.
Yesterday he finished one of the tea bowls he made, using the Mishima technique of inlaying slip. Jeff applies the slip with a brush. Then scrapes away the excess, which also pushes all of the slip into the stamped areas. When it's dry, he will sand away any remaining slip, using a green kitchen scrubbie.
There have been a lot of Mishima instructional videos on the internet lately and I have been a little disappointed when watching them, to discover that they aren't really about Mishima, it's about applying wax to clay, carving a design, and brushing on underglaze. While this technique produces some nice designs, it isn't Mishima by definition. Just call me a purist!