While Jeff was away in South Korea I read the Newberry Award winning children's book, " A Single Shard"by Linda Sue Park. A customer recommended the book to me and being a big fan of children's lit, I had to read it. I thoroughly enjoyed the story which wove a tale of the introduction of inlay work to South Korea in the mid to late 12th century.
As you know, Jeff came home with lots of little pots. Many with sgraffito designs and a few with porcelain inlay, also known as Mashima. He chose these pots because he knew that the carving and inlaid designs would inspire me...
I did some reading online as well as referring to my "go to" book for surface decoration, "Surface Design for Ceramics" by Maureen Mills. Maureen is the head of the ceramics department at the NH Institute of Art. I decided to try two methods of inlay. First was from Maureen's book, using a slip trailer to inlay the porcelain into my carved designs:
Next I did some tiles where I carved them when moist and applied the slip with a brush immediately after:
Once the tiles were almost dry, I used a scrubby to remove the excess slip and reveal the inlay pattern:
I am going to try two different glazes on these. Temple white, which is a translucent glaze and Celadon.
Jeff and I also collaborated on this little teapot...
Jeff may have been the one that made the trip to Korea, but his visit has inspired us both!