How to Use Other Tools
The Underglaze
Underglazes- used to draw pictures or lines on bisque ware. They can be fired between 1,472 to 2,372 ( 800 to 1,300�� / Cone 014 to 11 ) in either oxidation or reduction firing. Since they contain toxic chemicals as in other glazes, bisque ware with an underglaze must be fired under a clear glaze to be food safe. All our underglazes do not have lead. Before you apply underglaze on bisque ware with a brush, the underglaze powder should be mixed with water in a mortar with a pestle for a few minutes. Start with ten scoops of an underglaze (measured with the micro-spoon which we include with your order), and add 10 scoops of water (also with the micro-spoon). (For Gosu and Green underglazes, add 10cc of water.) A small measuring cup is also included in your order. Underglazes do not dissolve in water; they sink to the bottom in a short time. So, you must mix every time you dip your brush in.

Some potters add a small amount of boiled down tea or/and a little clear glaze to improve suspension. We recommend making a test sample to determine your favorite shade of underglaze. If, after firing, the underglaze is too thick and pokes through a clear glaze used over it, it will be not food safe. The area must be sanded off and fired again under a clear glaze. If the underglaze is too thin, it will not show the color. A little goes a long way. A professional potter in Mashiko, Tomoko Yamato, said that she only used one 500g box of underglaze in 20 years.
"A bug's view of the moon" created by Tomoko Yamato* Underglaze used-Sumi Gosu
Yellow ($15):
Pink ($3):
Green ($10):
Lavender ($9):
Brown Gosu ($3):
Sumi Gosu ($9):
Black Gosu ($11):
Kyo Gosu ($11):
White ($4):
Our group made these at Tomoko's Studio, in Fuwari. We asked Tomoko to fire our pieces using her famous carbon-trapping method.
*Tomoko Yamato is a professional potter based in Mashiko, Japan. When you visit Mashiko and want to create pottery using Mashiko clay, you can do it at her studio, Fuwari. She speaks English. We have visited many potters in Japan, but Tomoko was the only potter who spoke English. If you don't speak Japanese, that's a very good thing.�@
The Flower Shaped Cutter Set(4 pieces)
This set, featuring Japanese themed flowers, creates chopstick rests, a fancy opening for an orchid pot, or a lid handle.
Flower Shaped Cutter Set L ($12):
Flower Shaped Cutter Set S ($10):
The Hanaire Ring
The Hanaire Hook

The flower vase by Janet Lohr

The flower vase by Janet Lohr
The flower vase hanging hardware. The piece with oval ring is attached to a flower vase.
Before bisquing you will need a create hole about 1/4 inch (1cm) in the top part of vase.
The vase cannot be thicker than 1/8 inch (5mm). To install the oval ring, first take out the flat disc leaving the round disc on the pin. Then, insert the pin into the hole from the outside.
From inside, replace the flat disk. Then, with a pair of pliers or fingers, carefully spread the pins. With this ring you can create a flower vase which could be hung in a traditional Japanese tea room. The "L" shaped hardware is a hook that goes to the wall. When you put this into the wall, be sure to find a stud. If you make a pilot hole in the wall you can screw in the L hook with your fingers. If you use a metal tool to screw the hook into the wall, cover the hook with a cloth so that it won't be scratched. The hook can support 5 pounds of weight.
Hanaire Ring ($7):
Hanaire Hook ($5):