Sgraffito – defined...

 

Once the clay piece (in my work it’s usually a wheel thrown platter) has dried to the “leather hard” stage, a coating of a white or colored slip (a fine clay that has been watered down to a semi liquid consistency) is brushed onto the piece. Slips can be layered, applying different colors, or thicknesses depending on the desired effect. After the slip has tightened up - I then carve through it using various hand tools, to create the intended design. In working with the sgraffito technique, it is important to realize that the slips, being clays, will not melt or move like a glaze will… so fine details of a carved design will be maintained throughout the finishing and firing processes. ,/p>

The Potter's Lifestyle...

"Transforming oneself as the challenges are met and lessons absorbed."

Rob Gentry - 2010