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Published Aug 4, 2023

Lately I have been doing a lot of ceramic underglaze inlay—sometimes called mishima, or slip inlay—and I just love the results. One thing I don’t care for though is when parts of my lines chip off if the clay gets too dry.

But Chandra DeBuse’s video reminded me of another way to do this technique: carve the designs through wax resist. I think this would solve those chipping problems I have been having, plus make the clean up way easier. In this clip from Chandra’s video, Sketch & Stretch, she demonstrates this process. – Jennifer Poellot Harnetty, editor


This clip was excerpted from Sketch & Stretch: Creating Playful Pottery with Illustrated Surfaces, which is available in the Ceramic Arts Network Shop!

To learn more about Chandra DeBuse or to see more images of her work, please visit

**First published in 2015.