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Every once in a while, I find myself flipping through some of my old pueblo pottery books and without fail I end up obsessing on this one geometric design motif. I’m not sure what it is supposed to be, but for me it is lightning. I don’t know why, but I really like it. Unfortunately, it doesn’t fit into the Karatsu tradition all that easily. However, starting today I decided to start doodling with this motif until I come up with something suitable to work into my pots.

This last trip to Korea gave me a lot to think about regarding carving and inlay. There were a couple of boxes I’d made a few days back, and these are going to be experiments with inlay and aforementioned motif. The carving is not great, but it’s a start. The way that the slip fills in the rough cuts to create soft curves is very interesting to me, and the feeling of scraping away the surface of the piece to reveal the inlay design is surprisingly satisfying. Since the claybody on these boxes is porcelain, the normally white slip has some benigara (RIO) mixed in to make it red.

This box will probably get fired in a saggar with charcoal and a feldspar/soda ash glaze. Will post pics of the finished piece if it makes it through the firing, and it is not too embarrassing.