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Whew! I’ve been holding off on posting until I could find my card reader back and upload pics, but that’s just led to a stupidly long delay between posts. So. Last week I was wrapped up in sgraffito and crewelwork. Out of the four cups and two bowls thrown….

One cup had its handle crack off.
One cup was too ugly to fire.
One bowl exploded enthusiastically in the bisque firing. Argharghargh, shards all over kiln, much time spent vaccuming and lamenting loss of five Robot mugs and one Robot bowl neighbouring it.

In the glaze firing, the glaze crawled off the footrim of the two surviving cups.

One bowl survived.

It has been submitted to the Craft council Gallery’s Annual Members’ Exhibit. We shall see what the committee thinks of it.

Crewelwork teacups

One side, and the other:

I love them. I love woodcuts and lino cuts, and sgraffito can so very easily mimic the look of those mediums. It’s very similar, really–in each one, you’re creating an image by carving away parts of a flat surface.

The only trouble is the crumbly bits of coloured clay that get all over the work. If the piece is still wet enough that carving it is easy, bits of removed colour fall on it and want to stick. You get little coloured crumbs all over your nice white clay. If you wait until it’s drier, you don’t have removed pieces leaving marks where you want blanks, but the clay is much harder to carve through. Doing large numbers of pieces would really put a lot of strain on my wrist. So this is a decorating technique I’m only going to be able to trot out for very special occasions.