Sgraffito is a term used to describe handcarving pattern or images into soft clay. I've used this technique to create the flourishes so often seen on William Morris wallpaper. This pot is made from porcelain stoneware clay. I throw the pot on my small potter's wheel and leave it to dry out slightly. When strong enough to handle, I trim the base and band the black underglaze on the outside of the bowl with an extra wide brush. Next I etch the pattern onto the pot with a potter's knife. A week left to dry in a hot studio and then it goes into the kiln for the first firing, called the biscuit firing. Glazing comes next using a transparent stoneware glaze and then it's back into the kiln for it's final firing at a temperature of 1200 degrees celsius.
18cms W x 10 cms H approx
This is bowl is a unique, one off piece.