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Can We talk? Narrative and the Sgraffito Surface

July 30, 2023 - August 4, 2023

Kathy King  ·  kathykingart.com

Workshop at a glance

Bring imagery to the ceramic surface through the use of sgraffito carving, story telling, and a good dose of humor.


  • Transfer imagery onto the ceramic surface to then carve using the technique of sgraffito
  • Create forms with the use of plaster and ceramic press molds
  • Build a vocabulary of images that can be used on the ceramic surface to imply narrative


  • Mid-range stoneware
  • Underglazes of various colors
  • Plaster press-molds and ceramic press-molds


  • New perspectives in handbuilding with clay
  • A vocabulary of images to pull from in one’s personal work
  • Understanding of narrative as it pertains to imagery, form, and ceramic art history

Artist Bio

Kathryn King is a studio artist in the Boston area and instructor and director of the Ceramics Program, Office for the Arts at Harvard in Allston, Massachusetts and visiting faculty at the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston. She held positions at Rhode Island School of Design in Providence and the University of Massachusetts in Dartmouth, and was an associate professor at Georgia State University in Atlanta. She received her BA in studio art with a major in ceramics from Connecticut College, New London and an MFA from University of Florida in Gainesville. She gave workshops and lectures at over seventy-five colleges, schools and art centers throughout the U.S. Her work is found in numerous publications and periodicals including Ceramics: Art and Perception, Studio Potter and Ceramics Monthly.

  • Kathy King
  • Kathy King
  • Kathy King
  • Kathy King

Workshop Description

The technique of sgraffito has a long history in ceramics and is still a lively and popular technique today. In this workshop students will use the sgraffito technique to express personal narrative, identity, and humor to tell stories while collaborating with Mark Errol’s surface themed workshop. Sgraffito involves covering a clay surface with a contrasting slip or underglaze and carving through to reveal the clay color underneath. Class demonstrations include how the instructor uses this technique on a variety of forms made from press molds made in class (both plaster and clay) and utilizing slabs and/or coils to create surfaces for imagery application. Participants will discover how to transfer images, what tools to use, and how to finish the work with glaze, china paints, and lusters. Open to all skill levels.

COURSE FEE: $690  ·  materials list

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