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How To Decorate with Mishima

The Mishima name may be 17th century, but the style itself goes back to Korea's Koryo Period (935-1392) when bowls decorated in this way were known as Korai-jawan or Korai tea bowls. These were inlaid with various motifs such as floral and animal depictions. A potter would incise the design in the body, fill it in with contrasting colored clay or slip and then cover it with a transparent glaze.

As you can imagine, over the centuries some potters have developed their own styles and techniques for decorating using Mishima.  This is a  video of my technique.  It may not be the best way but it works for me.  I use this technique on functional pots like my dragon mugs and the tea pots you see here as well as on some horse hair raku pieces

I hope you enjoy the video

When you're done watching the video (and leaving comments if you'd like, thanks) head over to Mudcolony to see what some other potters are doing.

Check out the gallery page - Future Relics Gallery by Lori Buff


  1. Thank you for sharing your interpretation of this process. Jeff bought some classic mishima stamps when he was in Korea. I haven't had the chance to try them out yet, but he has done a few nice bowls with them. I'll try to blog about it next week.

    1. Yes Michèle, I'd love to see them.


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