How is Sgraffito is Created on Pottery
Sgraffito (in Italian "to scratch") is a decorating pottery technique produced by applying layers of color or colors (underglazes or colored slips) to leather hard pottery and then scratching off parts of the layer(s) to create contrasting images, patterns and texture and reveal the clay color underneath.
The layer(s) of color can be underglazes or colored slips. Below is an example of one technique and what can be achieved.
Tools and Materials
Tools: Wire stylus or loop tools or mini ribbon sculpturing tools (Kemper Tools is a good source). Use rubber shapers or wooden tools to clean fine lines from debris. When complete, clean thoroughly with a dry brush.