Sgraffito. An ancient technique for modern and designer objects
Graffiti on a clay surface is one of the oldest decorative techniques. It consists in coating a clay object, usually still “raw”, with a mixture of clays and pigments that differentiate the color. In my ceramics I use quality clays with pigments and clay oxides to create unique and personalized colors.
The degree of humidity of the clay is very important in this technique. After applying the engobe, the piece must reach the right degree of dryness. Only at that point I proceed in carving the drawings on the surface, freehand with a sharp object.
Once the design and the details are finished, I fire the piece at a temperature of 1020°. At this point the piece is ready to be used but still has a porous surface not suitable for containing liquids. If necessary, I glaze the piece with transparent crystalline and fire it a second time.
Production by Memaceramiche
All my ceraic production draws inspiration from my land, Sardinia, and from memories of mychildhood spent in the midst of nature with its abundant variety of shapes and colors. Many of my drawings follow the sinuosity of branches, leaves and flowers schematized in its harmonious developments. At the same time my playful spirit is embodied in the “LineaMare” that brings me back memories of childhood and summers spent carefree at the sea.
To reproduce the richness of forms offered by the floral world, it is for me to immerse myself in the magic of a fascinating world, full of serenity and colors where the self disappears to merge into an unexplored universe. From this enchanted world are born the patterns of my decorations, sometimes sober or sumptuous, sometimes stylized and geometric.