Sgraffito pots by Tiffany Scull in Dorset Art Weeks,

For a fascinating glimpse into the working methods of a studio potter  and a warm welcome, a visit to Tiffany Scull’s workshop would be hard to beat. Her throwing is accomplished, allowing her to produce beautifully balanced forms which are  full and elegant rather than voluptuous, curving into tiny necks which maximises the amount of surface available for decoration.  Tiffany uses the technique of sgraffito, an Italian word which means to scratch into.  Once the clay is leather hard she covers the pot with coloured slips, thin runny clay, which she then cuts away, freehand, to create her intricate and beautiful designs.  Birds, butterflies, and fish move across the surface of her pots in subtle shades of the same colour, blues greens and pinky purples seem to be favourites.  Although for me there is something very Japanese about these highly glazed and finished pots  Tiffany sites  Art Deco and Arts and Crafts movements rather than any Oriental influence.


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