Classes at Milkhouse Studio

Weekend Nerikomi Workshop

wood fired bowl nerikomi inlay

Saturday, June 10th 10 am- 5 pm
Sunday June 11th 10 am- 4pm

$150 (materials are included).  Bring a delicious potluck contribution to lunch.

Nerikomi is an ancient Japanese decorative technique that uses colored clay to make intricate designs directly in the clay. Patterned rolls, or “canes” are formed by stacking different colored clays together. We will cut cross-section slices of these canes and apply to slabs of clay, making decorative clay “fabric.” Working with colored clay in this way is all about patterning: making colorful designs–flowers, geometrics, checkerboards, stripes etc, and integrating this design into the body of the pot. I’ll demonstrate basic nerikomi process: coloring clay, making nerikomi rolls and clay fabric, and using the clay fabric to construct elegant and sturdy porcelain forms.

In the morning, I’ll talk about mixing colored clay, demonstrate how to make a “cane” of patterns, and how to create graduated color, light to dark.

We’ll break for a potluck lunch.

In the afternoon, we’ll make canes and use our canes to make a fabric of nerikomi design.

On Sunday we’ll use the clay fabric to make two slab-formed pots, one on a plaster mold, and one by constructing a tall form using templates with dart&tuck construction techniques.  You’ll be taking these home to glaze and fire, or I can do that for an additional firing fee.  

Examples of both types of construction are in the NERIKOMI POST on my blog page



samll woodfired bowl
small bowl
teapot stoneware with porcelain inlay

Summer Classes


In June, I’ll be teaching a 4-week class in Handbuilding: using the slab roller and extruder to make forms that don’t have to be ROUND.   We’ll pinch, and coil and make pots that will be expressive and lively.

Thursday evening 6:30-9:30 PM, starting June 8

Friday morning 9am- 12 pm, starting June 9

Cost for a 4-week series: $150 + $25 materials fee

July and August

This will be a small, three-or-four person class, with concentrated instruction in wheel-throwing. For a beginner, this is an opportunity to learn the basics thoroughly and for intermediate potters, to develop their technique.  We’ll be intergrating other pottery techniques such as slab-building, pinching or coiling in our process.



Thursday morning 9am-12 pm

Friday morning 9am- 12 pm

Thursday evening 6:30-9:30 PM

The 4-week class in July starts on Thursday July 6, or Friday, July 7

The 4-week class in August starts on Thursday, Aug 3, or Friday, Aug 4

Take a 4-week session in July or August for $150 + $25 materials fee, or the full 8 weeks for $290 +$35 materials fee.