Terra Cotta Sgraffito #1

Here are some more sgraffito tiles – this time in terra cotta with the Velvet Jet Black underglaze.

Once again, I apologize for the photos’ quality. I can’t seem to get good pictures of these tiles. They really do look better in person.

8 thoughts on “Terra Cotta Sgraffito #1

  1. agnesashe

    Fabulous and lively. I know that sgraffito was big for the Italian Renaissance, but your work immediately makes me think of the painted amphorae from Ancient Greece – it has a similar quality to some of the examples of the black-figured amphorae in the British Museum I’ve seen. It’s the colours I think, the terra cotta and black combined with the expression of movement that your figures display.

  2. Claudia McGill Post author

    Thank you, I thought the same thing about Greek pots and vessels, though I didn’t set out to mimic them when I thought of the projects, I am sure I was influenced by the color scheme (plus I know from experience that nothing shows up on terra cotta like black, nothing!). I took a class in archaeology in college and I remember loving the black on red and red on black work. I did enjoy working with these sgraffito tiles and the terra cotta more than the white clay, for sure.

  3. agnesashe

    Yes, I know what you mean about the value of black. I am just returning to using more black in my work. Interesting what you say about the white clay. I think starting from pure white with anything is quite difficult. I like the way young children get offered coloured sugar paper to start with, somehow softer and less daunting than an empty sheet of white.

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