Opaque cloisonné

photo Opaque cloisonné


For doro-shippo or opaque cloisonné, a mud enamel glaze is used, resulting in a unique texture that differs from glass enamel glaze. Brass wires, which go well with the glaze, are used to trace compartments on the piece to better emphasize the colors and shapes.


  1. 1.A rough draft of the piece is drawn.
  2. 2.Compartments are made on the surface with brass wire.
  3. 3.Raw glaze which sinks into the piece is applied on both the brass wires and the base.
  4. 4.After firing, the glaze is transparent.
  5. 5.Color begins to be applied to the piece.
  6. 6.Once all of the paint has been applied, the piece is fired at 830℃ (about 1526℉) for three minutes.
  7. 7.In the cracks of the piece, the composition of the mud enamel glaze leads to oxidation of the brass wiring.
  8. 8.The space between the cracks increases.
  9. 9.The piece is fired repeatedly until the cracks are filled. Once they have been filled, the piece is complete.