is an artistic technique for creating ceramic pottery
. The name derives from a traditional Japanese technique of creating patterns with colored clay.
[ the empty vessel: nerikomi]
It was known to Roman and early French potters and became an art form during the T'an Dynasty in 7th century China
[ Biography of Thivô, nerikomi artist]
Slabs of clay
are mixed with stains and oxides, stacked, folded, pressed into logs, sliced, and arranged in molds to form a vessel. In this way, the numerous stacked layers appear as fine undulating lines embedded in a surrounding color in the finished vessel.