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RE: Sgraffito: how to?


From: Hillmer, Jan (HillmJan_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Tue Oct 05 2004 - 05:19:22 PDT



Where do you find the clay body stain? Is it something Amaco and/or Sax



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From: Justin Kramer []
Sent: Tuesday, October 05, 2004 7:25 PM
To: ArtsEdNet Talk
Subject: Re: Sgraffito: how to?



I use a mid-fire terracotta clay (fires to a earthy red colour). When
the students have finished handbuilding and the clay is leather hard
they apply a coloured slip. The coloured slip is made from white
earthenware (usually dried pieces leftover from other project that is
put into a blender with water to make the slip). Added to the white slip
is a clay body stain - you can get a range of colours including blues,
reds, oranges, yellow, green, etc. This is applied thinly onto the
surface. It is easier and healthier to scratch into the surface of the
clay while it is still leather hard - i.e. before it is completely dry
this avoids making fine dust.

Hope this helps


on 5/10/04 9:00 AM, marcia at wrote:

I like those Sgraffito pots by Justin Kramer. I'm unsure how to do this
technique. I understand you need to scratch the designs into the glaze,
but wouldn't the glaze spread when it's in the kiln? How do you do this?
Thanks, Marcia

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