Sgrafitto 2 Day Workshop


£110.00 per person



About this experience

Sgraffito two day workshop

Dates Available:

9 & 10th May, 7-9 pm (Please Select 9th May when booking).

3 & 4 July, 7-9 pm (Please select 3rd July when booking).

Sgraffito (in Italian "to scratch") is a decorating pottery technique where a contrasting colour is applied over the top of a leather hard, unfired pot and then etched into to reveal the colour of the clay beneath. Most of the time the coloured layer is slip, which is liquid clay. Underglaze can also be used.
During our first session, we will be making the piece which we will work on the following day. In our second session, the clay will have slowly dried and lost some of its moisture, we call this the “leather hard” stage. During this session, you will paint your pot using coloured slips then carve your chosen pattern, revealing the leather hard clay beneath.
Whilst the pottery's Italian name reveals much about the technique, it also conceals its origins. It is not an art form that heralds from Italy, but Northern Africa.
Sign up to learn more about this fascinating technique and have a go!

Good to know:
-Short nails are much easier to work with but long pretty nails are not impossible to work around!
-Jewellery off!
-Don’t come in your Sunday best, when we play with clay we get mucky!
-As it is the case in most studios, whilst the rest of your piece will be glazed by us after the first firing, the base of your piece will remain bisque. This means it won’t be covered by glaze. 
-It takes about a month for your piece to come back to you. It needs to be fired twice and glazed before you can take it home!

Please read our FAQs for our most asked questions.

All classes are refundable up until 28 days prior to the start of the course. After this we may be able to reschedule your course. PLEASE NOTE: From 14 days prior, your course is non-refundable. We are a small, indpendent pottery studio and our courses run at capacity. Teachers and materials are organised in advance for the number of booked participants.

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