|Galleria Gottardo, Shimaoka Tatsutzo|
Shimaoka's rope-impressed inlay has its prototypical expression in the ash glaze pieces, but it is used in combination with many other techniques and with other glazes to enhance the decorative effect. The quietest variations are those that employ glazes of subdued colours, such as brown, fly ash, persimmon, iron, black, and white. Each of these glazes adds a little of its own colour to the white inlaid pattern and produces different expressions. The non-transparent persimmon, iron, and black glazes are used with clear windows - created with wax resist- to show the inlaid pattern. Besides using various glazes, the rope-impressed inlay pattern can be enriched by adding another decorative use of clay, that is clay mosaic (neríage). This technique involves joining pieces of differently coloured clays to create a pattern on the section surface. This is a technique that requires a high degree of mastery, as different types of clay have different shrinkage rates in firing. Shimaoka combines mosaic with inlay, another method that involves different types of clay, and this requires complex calculations of shrinkage rates. Such combinations can only be achieved through much experimentation.
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