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Surface Design

Making Pottery – Step 4 – Surface Design

Southwestern pottery artists use three methods to create designs on their pottery:

Incising: 

a design is cut into the slip before the pot is fired.

incising - 02Incising - 01

Sgraffito:

a design, which usually encircles the entire pot is scratched into the pot with a sharp tool.

Sgraffito - 01

Painting:  

Paint, usually made from vegetal material, is applied after the pot is fired. While some potters use manufactured brushes, most still use a strip of yucca chewed  lightly at one end to apply the paint.

 julian-martinezPainting Brushes

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