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Scratching the Sgrafitto Itch with Dianne Wright
Scratching the Sgrafitto Itch with Dianne Wright

Sat, Feb 24



Scratching the Sgrafitto Itch with Dianne Wright


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Time & Location

Feb 24, 2024, 2:00 PM – Mar 02, 2024, 2:00 PM

Lexington, 130 Waltham St, Lexington, MA 02421, USA

About the Class or Event

2 Sessions, 2:00 PM-5:00 PM

February 24 and March 2, Indoors - Meets in the Painting Studio

Open Studio Dates: February 28 and March 6-Ceramics Studio 

Skill Level: Advanced Beginner 

Tuition: $106 (Log in for membership discount prices)


“A freshly made form, ready to decorate, etch and carve, is an invitation to play.  It is such a pleasure to activate the surface with drawings and patterns,” Patricia Griffin.

This class will give the participants the opportunity to explore various ways to decorate the surface of their pottery creations.

1.  In the first session, the class will discuss how to prepare the surface of the clay, and various tools that can be used to scratch the designs into the clay. The participants will paint underglazes onto three test tiles, and will then practice carving these tiles (using stencils, geometric patterns, and free-hand line drawing).

2.  Students may use the open studio time on February 28th to create one or two simple pieces to use in session two. Open Studio is a drop in time where students independently work in the Ceramics Studio. Check "additional notes" below for Open Studio Hours. 

3.  In the second session, the participants will bring one or two leather-hard forms that they have created, and will use the techniques that were explored in session one to decorate their pottery forms.

4.  After the pieces have been bisque fired, participants may glaze their work during the open studio time on March 2nd. Check additional notes for Open Studio Hours.


For this class you will need to purchase your own tools. A materials list is provided here. There are two different materials list options to choose from.  


Students are expected to have some basic knowledge of clay and be able to independently make one or two hand-built or wheel thrown pieces to decorate.  The class is ideal for potters that are interested in learning more about decorating the surface of their pottery. 

Additional notes:

-This class is for ages 16 and up. 

-Students will have access to Open Studios on Wednesday, February 28th to build and throw their work for session two, and Wednesday, March 6th to glaze their work. Open Studio hours range from 2pm to 8pm. 

-Work can be picked up during Open Studios hours on Wednesday, March 13th (anytime between 2pm and 8pm). 

About the instructor: 

Dianne is a retired special education teacher who started taking pottery in 2015 at Lexington Arts and Crafts.  She soon fell in love with the creative process of creating beauty out of mud. Dianne became fascinated by the various ways she could decorate the surfaces of her pottery with Sgrafitto, carving, painting and silk screening.

Please take a look at our registration policy and our current covid policy before your class.

Local dining options, accommodations, and more information about our facility can be found HERE.  For any other questions our contact information is HERE.


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