How to Sgraffito

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In this video, Rachel Greenwood of CanvasAndClay shows us how she sgraffitos.

Rachel Greenwood is a co-owner and instructor at The Clay Space and her work focuses on carved and drawn designs which are accented by light colors.

Step by Step Process of Making Sgraffito

Sgraffito is a form of decorating that is achieved by scratching through a surface to reveal a lower layer of contrasting color. This technique uses slips and underglazes mostly to achieve the sgraffito look. Rachel uses black underglaze to cover her form and then she lightly draws where she will carve horizontally before she makes any actual marks with her sgraffito tool. Carving takes patience and steady hands so it is best to place your work on a table or banding wheel so that you do not over handle it. As we can see in the video, Rachel uses a plastic sheet under her work in order to make clean up super easy!

To see the final piece after carving, check out the image below!

To see more of Rachel’s work find her on Instagram @canvasandclay.

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