Dish, salt glaze with rope impressed inlay pattern
A beautiful cobalt blue dish produced by employing inlay and salt glaze.
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A vivid linear pattern in cobalt blue bursts forth on this large dish. This striking beauty is produced by means of two ceramic techniques. One is the rope impressed inlay technique that produces the beautiful linear pattern. A braided rope is rolled on the clay before it gets completely dry to produce rope patterned impressions, which are then inlaid with a clay mixed with a glaze that comes out in blue. Having perfected this technique, Shimaoka Tatsuzo was designated a Living National Treasure. The other technique is the salt glaze. Salt is placed on split bamboo, which is inserted into the kiln while firing so that the salt gets sprinkled. Combined with the flames, the salt glassifies and adheres to the ceramic providing it with luster as the glaze develops its color. How beautiful the finish turns out depends on how the salt scatters in the kiln. The final touch is in the hands of coincidence.