Drape Mould for Rectangle Plate
(Top Mould only)

Drape Moulding:
Today moulds are generally made of plaster, but the traditional materials were wood and bisque-fired clay. (Plaster has two disadvantages, in that if flakes of it get into clay they can blow up when fired leaving a hole, or worse, a shattered pot, so be careful and clean up well when using plaster mould, and it is more breakable than clay or wood)*. Drape moulding achieved special prominence in the diverting, idiosyncratic Oribe-ware food vessels of the early seventeenth century, and the irregular shapes made possible with drape moulding process continue to be much admired in Japan.


1. Press the clay slab. 2. Smooth the clay slab. 3. Trim with a yumi.
4. Release from the mold. 5. Apply slip. 6.. Add handles.



Photo and materials from :
Pottery Decoration by Thomas Shafer
Inside Japanese Ceramics by Richard L. Wilson 1995
The World of Japanese Ceramics by Herbert H. Sanders
The Japanese Pottery Handbook by Penny Simpson
Shoji Hamada, A Potter's Way and Work by Susan Peterson
The Art of Bernard Leach by Carol Hogben

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