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I fire with a friend who uses stoneware (A.R.T.'s "buff" to be exact). I also happen to live near a clay racetrack, and our across-the-street neighbors run a car that comes home with half the track dropping off its trailer. I thought it'd be neat to take a few flakes of this and make some nerikomi inlays/accents with some of this local red clay (which I'm guessing is earthenware). But everything I find about firing assumes you're talking about the clay that forms the majority of your item, and doesn't consider lower-fire clays being used as embellishments on otherwise higher-fire items. Would it bloat against the stoneware, or behave more like a high-clay-content underglaze?

Dear Wendy,

    Thank you for your recent question. Creating Nerikomi requires the use of two like clay bodies of the same maturing temperature. Using a high fire stoneware with a low fire earthenware will cause the earthenware to melt as the stoneware must be fired to maturing cone which is much higher than the earthenware maturing temperature.

    The idea is not completely out of the question if you want to use the earthenware. My suggestion to you is to deepen the color of the earthenware with red iron oxide to create a deeper color to combine with the lighter red earthenware, or purchase a lighter earthenware to use with the red earthenware clay.

    I hope this answers your question. If you have further questions, please feel free to contact me again any time. I am always at your service.

Ms. Ti Phillips
Earth Stoke 'N Fire Pottery Studio and Artist Retreat  


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Will answer any questions on hand building, wheel, glaze, firing. Speciality questions to include those in glaze calculation and development, firing techniques. Please do not send questions on identifying pottery. Although I would love to add this to my question topics, I have a retreat to run as well as the studio and volunteering on AllExperts, and therefore do not have the available time to research indentification and marks. Thank you for understanding.


Experience includes 30 years in pottery design and education. Have taught online and studio classes worldwide for the last 20 years. Own a pottery retreat specializing in firing techniques. Have 12 years solid experience in glaze calculation and formulation as well as problem solving in glaze chemistry. I am the first potter in the United States to have developed a complete package of pottery equipment blueprints for a studio. The blueprints include wheels, kilns, studio furniture, wedgeboards, raku kilns, slab rollers, ball mills and studio tools.

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University of Sciences and Art's of Oklahoma, studied under Professor Jaymes Dudding.

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