photo Tetsu-e

Tetsu-e(designs drawn with a pigment rich in iron)

With this technique, you can paint designs with pigment containing iron oxide (rusted iron), then coat it with a glaze that turns transparent during firing, and fire it at a high temperature (glost firing). This is a basic method of producing decorative ceramics, utilizing the way the iron in the pigment changes colors when fired.


Did you know?

When you paint ceramics with iron oxide pigment, the design appears after firing just as you painted it, but the color can be adjusted to be anything from the original red-black of rust to yellow-brown or pitch black, depending on the temperature of firing and the ingredients of the pigment.


How to Make TETSUE ⁄ Way of Making TETSE (Using Glaze)

  1. (1) Use a piece of biscuit-fired pottery (fired without glazing)
  2. (2) Paint a design with pigment
  3. (3) Coat with glaze, which is white when you apply it but turns clear during firing
  4. (4) Glost-fire the pottery, and you’re finished! (red areas are painted with copper pigment)
  • "What Are Traditional Crafts? -A Guidebook to Seeing, Learning, and Enjoying-" Edited by the Japan Kogei Association Eastern Branch. Published by Unsodo / List of works English translation: Kazuko Todate (Art critic / Art historian)


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