Color painting

photo Color painting


Iroe or color painting is a technique of applying and firing a transparent glaze. Then, paint is applied over the glaze and the piece is fired again at a temperature of approximately 800℃ (1472℉). It is also called over-painting. The paint used in traditional color painting is known as wa-enogu (Japanese-style paint), and color choices include red, blue, yellow, green, and purple. It is also possible to use yo-enogu (Western-style paint). Wa-enogu is traditional paint originally from China. The colors are dramatically different before and after firing. By contrast, with yo-enogu, the color hardly changes after firing. Also, the colors can be mixed and there are numerous colors to choose from for Western-style paint.

Production for Japanese-style paint

  1. 1.Use a piece of pottery that is white and has been glaze fired.
  2. 2.Paint the outlines of the design.
  3. 3. Fill in the outlines with different colors of Japanese-style paint (each of which has a different chemical composition).
  4. 4.Fire the piece at approximately 800℃ (1472℉) and the paint colors will change. The pottery is complete.

Production for Western-style paint

  1. 1. Pottery that has turned magenta from glaze firing will be used.
  2. 2.Using masking tape, areas that will be painted different colors are marked.
  3. 3.Colors or designs are applied to different parts of the piece, tape is peeled off, and the piece is fired.
  4. 4.Gold or silver is applied, then the item is fired again and completed.
  • "What Are Traditional Crafts? -A Guidebook to Seeing, Learning, and Enjoying-" Edited by the Japan Kogei Association Eastern Branch. Published by Unsodo Reference artworks