This post takes a detailed look at the shoulder of a recently completed Kyushu porcelain vase. The details show black porcelain inlay flanking a thick line of 24K gold. I was a bit concerned that precious metal surface treatment would have negative effect on the overall piece. Used in moderation though, I like the results. Sometimes it takes me a month of viewing something to decide if I like it or not. As always, changes in my work are subtle and take time; perhaps this road will lead to some surprising results as experimentation continues this spring.