Art 315: Ceramics II
Assignment: Sgraffito and Mishima Techniques
Students decorate 2 – 6 'green' pots using both the Mishima and Sgraffito techniques (quantity depends on time spent with each piece).
Carving lines using a mini-ribbon tool, or needle tool, or Xacto blade and then applying underglaze or oxide wash to the lines. You can do this on either leather-hard clay, or leather-hard clay that has a coat of wax resist.
If applied to leather-hard clay, after the underglaze/stain dries you scrape it back with a rib. If using wax, you wipe off the excess with a sponge.
Painting underglaze or slip over the surface of a leather hard/wet piece of clay, and then carving a decoration using ribbon tools or some other carving tool.
These pots are the result of a student exploring creating functional pottery with the wheel; the assignment was to recreate the same form (sets of 20). This student applied his wheel thrown pots towards the sgraffito and mishima assignment. The exteriors of these pots were unglazed, the surfaces were the result of firing the cups in a soda atmosphere (gas kiln) to cone 6. They are all approx. 4" tall.