Art 415: Ceramics III
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.
This student combined several techniques: she utilized mishima decorating techniques, but also wedged two different colored clay bodies together before throwing her bowls on the wheel. These bowls are also glazed with a recipe she researched on the internet, and then slightly altered. These bowls are approx. 9" wide, and fired in a soda atmosphere (gas kiln) to cone 6.