How to Make a Contemporary Nageire Vase
Make a contemporary version of the Nageire vase, a tall, wide-mouthed bud vase that originated from Japan.
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Materials and Tools:
high-fire clay cone 5-6
high-fire glaze cone 5-6
kitchen rolling pin
spray water bottle
clay template for base
wax resist (optional)
1. Weight and prepare the clay amounts: a 2-pound slab for the base and five ¾-pound slabs for the flower vases
2. For the base, adjust the slab-roller thickness to ¼-inch and roll out a large rectangle for the base of the vase using the 2-pound clay piece.
4. Flip the clay over and sign your name on the bottom. Flip it back. Spritz with water and set aside.
6. Cut one end of each of the five slabs into wavy lines with a pin tool.
8. Roll each small slab loosely around a dowel, starting with the straight edge. Score the edges and apply slip. Seal the edges together to form a tube. Remove the dowel. Repeat with the remaining four clay pieces.
9. Trim the bottoms of each tube at an angle with a cheese slicer. Vary the length of each tube.
10. Using a ruler, mark the base for the five spots for the vase tubes.
12. Let the vase dry four to five days to a bone-dry state.
13. Load the vase into the kiln for bisque-firing to cone 05 (1,891 degrees).
14. Remove the vase from the kiln.
16. Mix the glazes thoroughly. Apply the glaze by pouring it on the insides of the vases and brushing it on the outsides. Clean off the edges and the bottom of piece.
18. Unload the kiln.