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 this bowl on the wheel. The bowl is also glazed with glazes she researched on the internet, and then slightly altered. This piece is approx. 9" wide, and fired in a soda atmosphere (gas kiln) to cone 6.