instructed by amy smoot
What is sgraffito?
Sgraffito, which means “to scratch” in Italian, is a decorative pottery technique. Once pottery is leather hard, a colored underglaze or slip is applied to the piece of pottery. The potter then scratches off parts of the layer to create contrasting images, patterns, or textures by revealing the original clay underneath.
In this workshop, Amy Smoot will lead participants through the entire process of sgraffito. Students will construct a vessel using handbuilding techniques. Once the pieces are built and leather hard, students will use black underglaze to paint the entire surface of their piece. Then, using different tools, students will scratch through the underglaze to create their designs.
This workshop is limited to participants 18+. There is a minimum of 4 participants and a maximum of 10. If the minimum is not met, participants will be refunded.
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This workshop is sponsored in part by the Alabama State Council on the Arts.
Age Range: 18+
Dates: March 5-6, 2022
Times: 9 AM-12 PM
Location: Kentuck's Georgine Clarke Building
Tuition: $90; All supplies will be included
Meet the Instructor
Amy Smoot is from Carrollton, GA and currently resides in Tuscaloosa, AL. She received her BFA in ceramics from the University of West Georgia in 2015. While there, she was studio technician and research assistant in the ceramics area. In 2019 she received her MFA from The University of Alabama where she first began teaching ceramics as a graduate assistant. Her practice consists of all types of ceramics techniques including mold-making, slip-casting, hand building, and wheel thrown pottery.