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I wish I made it…

 

I wish I made it…

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After seeing Steven Colby’s blog and his, “I wish I made it…” posts, I started thinking I want to do that.  So here is my first post. 

At the Pittsburg NCECA I ran across this little Kathy King mug at  the Santa Fe Clay’s La Mesa Show.  I fell in love with it, and had to have it.  I love sgraffito and have always wished my drawing skills were better so I could do it.  I have always loved the look of woodcuts and Kathy King’s work is the best of both worlds for me.  I really appreciate Kathy use of color with her sgraffito.  When I teach sgraffito to my 8th and 9th graders I always bring in my mug to show them. 

Just in case you don’t know sgraffito (pronounced scra-fee-toe) ), an Italian word meaning, “to scratch”, is a technique developed in the eastern Mediterranean in the 1st century B.C. and its development spread with the Roman Empire. A stain is added to the clay slip and brushed onto the pot; it is absorbed into the clay forming a thin skin.   Then you carve through the colored slip with an assortment of craving tools.  And if you are Kathy king you will have a beautiful pot afterwards. 

www.kathykingart.com

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