Sunday, September 13, 2009


Sgraffito Tools

I do a lot of sgraffito. I enjoy scratching through a coloured surface to reveal the white of the clay body beneath. It has something to do with the reversal of a silhouette. Rather than drawing a solid object, white sgraffito lines create a negative space which, ironically, seems to bring greater focus to the removed object. Similar to my increased appreciation of a tool when I can't find it!

So I have a great many tools for creating lines. The round-ended Kemper ones are probably my favorites. I have many as I wear them out but don't like to let them go just in case that particular warn down point may be the one I need in the future.

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