photo Yusen-shippo


Wire-like lengths of silver are used to delineate compartments in which colors will be applied. This is the most basic technique of shippo.


Did you know?

The deep luster of the surface is achieved by applying layer after layer of glaze, and firing it between each layer.


How to make yusen-shippo

  1. (1) Form a vessel out of copper or silver
  2. (2) Apply an under-glaze and fire it, then apply silver wires to create a design and fire again to affix them
  3. (3) Apply glaze inside the compartments created by the silver wires
  4. (4) Fire the piece in an electric kiln at about 850 degrees, smooth it with a whetstone and it's finished
  • "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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