Sgraffito for Decoration

Sgraffito for Decoration


Hi
guys. I’m going to show you guys
how to do a particular type of decoration
called sgraffito. It comes from the Italian word “graffito,”
which is a scratch or from the verb “graffiare,”
which is to scratch. So what I have here
is a, a bowl
that’s already been trimmed, it’s still leather-hard
and I’ve applied a black engobe to it. And once
the black engobe is no longer
sticky to the touch anywhere, it’s dry enough
for me to work on it. And going to make sure
that the piece is still leather-hard. So you can take
any kind of tool, whether
it be, whether it’s a tool
that’s going to make a very small line or
a wide line. And
let’s see. I think I will actually
show you some
of the possibilities by varying the weight
of the line. Okay
so I’m going to take a bigger
carving tool and
I’m going to carve
through. Okay. And you can decide
if you want that decoration or this line to continue
on the outside. And then
I’m going to… So the reason why
you want the engobe to be no longer be sticky to the touch
is because these little carvings will end up
sticking elsewhere if the engobe is still sticky,
so that’s the whole reason. And I’ll just take a,
well this is a pen, but just
any sort of object that will draw or carve
into the clay can
be used. I think the contrast
in the weight of line adds
interest to
the piece. Let’s
see. The little crumbs of clay,
or the burs, I say don’t really bother
with removing them right now, because what could happen
is the deco- the little burs
could get lodged in places where you’re not
wanting it. Let this dry completely
then you can knock them free. That’s the best thing
to do. All
right. So that is
sgraffito.

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