Moriage is the term used to describe the fine and delicate layering or placing of clay on pieces of pottery
The type clay that is used for this method is known as "slip" and is thicker and stickier than the clay used for the actual item
The Japanese potters of centuries ago were enthused with this method and used it to create many brilliant designs over the years
In the case of Satsuma pottery, the clay was often added in small bumps, circles or lumps to decorate the piece.
On a satsuma vase
These are the
It is also possible that the
Beading is also used quite heavily on this style of pottery too, with small dots of clay added to make raised bumps that are then painted when the piece has been fired and completed. These raised areas on the pottery add to the overall design, making them more decorative and unique, compared to just a painted piece.
The combination of hand-painted designs,
Other types of pottery from Japan also used this method of decoration too. Dragonware pottery is famed for it's intricate dragon designs that stand up and are raised from the piece, all classed as
The shame about this kind of decoration is that it can be easily damaged over time and break off. Also some of the paint-work, gilding or colour can rub off if the pieces are not kept in good condition.