Sgraffito

Sgraffito
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  • "How Does the Rose" poem sgraffito box

    This small box has the design of a Rose on it's lid, with the a part of a poem by Rumi on the side: "How does the Rose ever open its heart And give to the world all of its beauty? It feels the encouragement of Light upon its being, otherwise we all remain too frightened." The box comes with a soft pad (removable) inside to protect whatever precious item you might want to keep in it. The box is 4.5 inches in diameter and 2.75 inches tall. I include a copy of the poem with the box. The price includes shipping in the US.
    $120.00

    "How Does the Rose" poem sgraffito box

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  • "Walking on Carmel Beach"

    The Cypress trees that line Carmel Beach often catch my eye. Their silhouettes are beautiful against the sky, either blue or foggy gray. Carmel beach is known to be dog friendly and there are always dogs walking and playing. I used the Sqraffito technique on this piece. This is a decorative technique where, after I throw the piece on the wheel, I coat it with a fine colored slip. I then carve my design into the slip, revealing the white clay underneath. The final step of glazing the piece protects the carving. The inside is lined with a removable cushion to keep something precious safe. Stoneware clay with glazes. 4.75” diameter x 3” tall. Price Includes free shipping within the U.S.. Please inquire about international shipping.
    $130.00

    "Walking on Carmel Beach"

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  • Cypress Tree Box, Sgraffito

    Cypress Tree Box, Sgraffito

    This is one of my favorite trees, a stately Cypress that has watched over the Monterey Coast for many years. I used the Sqraffito technique on this piece. This is a decorative technique where, after I throw the piece on the wheel, I coat it with a fine colored slip. I then carve my design into the slip, revealing the white clay underneath. The final step of glazing the piece protects the carving. The inside is lined with a removable cushion to keep something precious safe. Stoneware clay and glazes. 3.25” diameter x 2.5” tall. Price includes free shipping within the U.S. Please inquire about international shipping. Please inquire about international shipping.
    $120.00

    Cypress Tree Box, Sgraffito

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  • Cypress Tree Sgraffito Box

    Cypress Tree Sgraffito Box

    I designed this small box to hold jewelry or something special. There is a removable pad inside to protect that special item. The interior is glazed a blue, the color of the sky. The box is 4.5 inches in diameter and 2.75 inches tall. The sgraffito design is based on one of the Monterey Cypress trees, which are a source of inspiration to me. The price includes shipping in the US.
    $130.00

    Cypress Tree Sgraffito Box

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  • Cypress Tree Vase #1

    Cypress Tree Vase #1

    One of my favorite Cypress trees along Scenic drive in Carmel. I am inspired in my designs by the beauty of the Monterey Peninsula. Each of these vases are one-of-a-kind, the design might include more than one cypress or a different one. I used the Sqraffito technique on this piece. This is a decorative technique. After throwing the vase on the wheel with a white clay, I coated it with a fine black slip. I then carved my design into the slip, revealing the white clay underneath. This technique has been used all over the world for centuries. I like the carving, and the resulting contrast of the black and white design. It reminds me of woodcuts. The final step of glazing the piece with a clear glaze protects the carving. The price includes free shipping within the U.S. Please inquire about international shipping. Ceramic clay with Sgraffito technique. White glazed interior. 7.5” tall x 3.5” diameter.
    $85.00

    Cypress Tree Vase #1

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  • Cypress Tree Vase #2

    Cypress Tree Vase #2

    Another one of the beautiful Cypress trees in Carmel. Ceramic clay carved with the Sgraffito technique. I am inspired in my designs by the beauty of the Monterey Peninsula. The Sqraffito technique is a old decorative technique. After throwing the vase on the wheel with a white clay, I coated it with a fine black slip. I then carved my design into the slip, revealing the white clay underneath. This technique has been used all over the world for centuries. I like the carving, and the resulting contrast of the black and white design. It reminds me of woodcuts. The final step of glazing the piece with a clear glaze protects the carving. Price includes free shipping within the U.S. Please inquire about international shipping. Blue glaze interior. 6.25” tall x 3.75” diameter.
    $85.00

    Cypress Tree Vase #2

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  • Lone Cypress Sgraffito Box

    Lone Cypress Sgraffito Box

    I designed this small box based on one of the Monterey Cypress Trees here on the Peninsula. They are a constant source of inspiration for me. There is a Lone Cypress growing on the Coast in Pebble Beach, well known from movies. This box has a removable soft pad inside to protect whatever precious item you might want to keep inside, it is 4.5 inches in diameter and 3.5 inches tall. The price includes shipping in the US.
    $130.00

    Lone Cypress Sgraffito Box

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  • Pelican Box

    Pelican Box

    These remarkable and striking birds are often seen flying just above the water, skimming over the waves, then diving with a large splash. Pelicans have always captured my imagination. I used the Sqraffito technique on this piece. This is a decorative technique where, after I throw the piece on the wheel, I coat it with a fine colored slip. I then carve my design into the slip, revealing the white clay underneath. The final step of glazing the piece protects the carving. The inside is lined with a removable cushion to keep something precious safe. Stoneware clay and glazes. 3.75” diameter x 2.75” tall. Price includes free shipping within the U.S. Please inquire about international shipping.
    $120.00

    Pelican Box

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  • Quail Vase #1

    Quail Vase #1

    The male Quail is on lookout in the tree, while the Hen and her chicks forge for seeds below in the tall grasses. I used the Sqraffito technique on this piece. This is a decorative technique. After throwing the vase on the wheel with a white clay, I coated it with a fine black slip. I then carved my design into the slip, revealing the white clay underneath. This technique has been used all over the world for centuries. I like the carving, and the resulting contrast of the black and white design. It reminds me of woodcuts. The final step of glazing the piece with a clear glaze protects the carving. The price includes free shipping. Please inquire about international shipping. Red Glaze interior. Ceramic clay and glazes. 6” tall x 3.5” diameter.
    $75.00

    Quail Vase #1

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  • Spaniel with Ball Box

    Spaniel with Ball Box

    I have fun carving different breeds of dogs on these boxes. This little spaniel is keeping his ball close. I used the Sqraffito technique on this piece. This is a decorative technique where, after I throw the piece on the wheel, I coat it with a fine colored slip. I then carve my design into the slip, revealing the white clay underneath. The final step of glazing the piece protects the carving. The inside is lined with a removable cushion to keep something precious safe. Stoneware clay with glazes. 3.5” diameter x 2.5” tall. Price includes free shipping within the U.S. Please inquire about international shipping costs.
    $50.00

    Spaniel with Ball Box

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“Sgraffito is an ancient process used through the centuries, in many civilizations.”

I find the process fascinating and the results rewarding. I am able to use my drawing skills combined with the carving, a 3-dimensional process.

Once I throw a ceramic piece on the wheel, I allow it to dry to the “leather-hard” stage. The piece is then firm enough to trim the bottom and then I coat the surface of the piece with a fine slip, or engobe.

I have a design prepared, and I carefully carve it into the slip, revealing the white clay beneath. This creates a strong design contrast, similar to Wood-cuts. The carving requires my focus and patience, for there is no correcting a mistake. If my hand does slip, I work to incorporate the new mark into my design. I consider this to be an imperfection in the piece, something the ancient Japanese tradition believes to be inherent in a work of art.

The Japanese call this “Wabi-Sabi,” and believe all works of art need such an imperfection. I think this is to remind us that we are not striving for perfection in our art or our lives. It reminds us of our humanity.

I make my boxes and vessels to be useful, to hold something from something precious, to flowers, to food or liquids. As with every piece I create, I am concerned with the aesthetics. My goal is to create more beauty in the world and to share it with others.

My hope is that my artwork will add beauty to your space, and serve your needs as well.