This redblack porcelain project proved to be a greater commitment than had been anticipated, it was a long winter polishing with power tools and diamond abrasives, learning as I went.
In general, manufactured ceramics are finished with a glaze in order to enhance the surface decoration of the work. My discovery is that unglazed porcelain comes alive with some considerable grinding and polishing.
Applying this process to Nerikomi ceramics enhanced the look of the piece in a way a glaze could not manage.
These two redblack porcelain vases were made using Nerikomi, this is a technique for constructing a pot using clay that has been stained, in this case red and black.
A gradated effect within the clay can be created using this technique.
Grinding and polishing the pots was a trip, it took 220 hours to achieve the gloss effect, that is 110 hours work on each pot.
The pots are 18cm x 18cm x 18cm.