photo “Muddy” cloisonné


“Muddy” cloisonné (doro shippō) is characterized by the use of lusterless, opaque enamels that produce a unique texture distinct from the glossy appearance of modern vitreous enamel. Brass wire, which goes well with the glaze, is used to divide the compartments on the piece and better emphasize the colors and shapes.


  • 1.The design is drawn on paper.
  • 2.Brass wire is attached to the surface of the piece.
  • 3.The vessel and brass wires are powdered with enamel flux.
  • 4.The flux turns transparent when fired.
  • 5.Colored enamel is laid into the piece.
  • 6.Once the enamel has been laid, the piece is fired for 3 minutes at 830℃.
  • 7.The cracks are a characteristic of “muddy” enamel. The white lead in the enamel produces an oxide patina on the brass wiring.
  • 8.The gaps are laid with new enamel, building up the layers.
  • 9.The process is repeated until the gaps disappear completely. The piece is polished and finished.