Sgraffito and Mishima

I have two lines of pottery. Each piece is wheel thrown or hand built individually then glazed. The sgraffito and mishima designs shown here are scratched in then fired, glazed with a clear glaze and fired again. The Ash Blue pieces are shown here.

Everything is functional, that is to say, it’s microwave, oven, and dishwasher safe.


Sgraffito is a decorative technique in which a layer of color is applied to a leather-hard (unfired) piece of pottery and then the design carved out. In these pieces, everything white has been carved out with a small knife and loop tool. Mishima is the opposite: a design is scratched into the leather-hard piece and then the scratches are filled with color.

Design inspirations include flowers and ferns in my garden, the trees along the road, Japanese coasters and kimono stencils and a birthday napkin.

Sgraffito Designs are shown in the top gallery and mishima designs below that.

Most designs are available in mugs, bowls, and dessert plates. Selected designs are also available as teapots, serving bowls and platters, and serving pieces. Contact me for special orders.


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