Sgraffito – Design Term

An example of Sgraffito pottery by Katherine Hackl
An example of Sgraffito pottery by Katherine Hackl

Sgraffito is a scratched pottery decoration, first used in China, which spread across Europe via Persia. The vessel is immersed in slip, and then the decoration is scratched on the surface to reveal the darker body below. It was often used with maiolica from Italy.

Additional Reading

Hatch, M. (2015). New Ceramic Surface Design: Learn to inlay, stamp, stencil, draw, and paint on Clay. Quarry Books.

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