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 (skră-fē′tō, zgrä-)
n. pl. sgraf·fi·ti (-tē)
1. Decoration produced (on pottery or ceramic, for example) by scratching through a surface layer to reveal a different color underneath.
2. Something, such as pottery, decorated in this manner.

[Italian, past participle of sgraffire, to scratch, from sgraffio, a scratch, from sgraffiare, to scratch, from Old Italian : s-, intensive pref.; see sforzando + graffiare, to scratch; see graffito.]
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n, pl -ti (-tɪ)
1. (Art Terms) a technique in mural or ceramic decoration in which the top layer of glaze, plaster, etc, is incised with a design to reveal parts of the ground
2. (Art Terms) such a decoration
3. (Art Terms) an object decorated in such a way
[C18: from Italian, from sgraffire to scratch; see graffiti]
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(skrɑˈfi toʊ; It. zgrɑfˈfi tɔ)

n., pl. -ti (-tē).
1. a technique of ornamentation in which a surface layer of paint, plaster, slip, etc., is incised to reveal a ground of contrasting color.
2. an object, esp. pottery, decorated by this technique. Compare graffito.
[1720–30; < Italian, past participle of sgraffire to do sgraffito work; see ex1, graffito]
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Ceramic decoration in which the topmost layer (glaze, plaster, etc) is carved with a design to reveal selected areas of the ground.
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Noun1.sgraffito - a ceramic or mural decoration made by scratching off a surface layer to reveal the groundsgraffito - a ceramic or mural decoration made by scratching off a surface layer to reveal the ground
decoration, ornament, ornamentation - something used to beautify
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nSgraffito nt
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There is very little on the types and evolution of ornament (the increasing use of the grotesque and the arabesque, for example), nothing on technique (pastiglia, embedded glass paste, cartapesta, sgraffito).
These age-old indigenous designs have their origin in petroglyph art and sgraffito decoration on bark, as traditionally produced by the Maliseet of New Brunswick and Quebec, the Mi'kmaq of Nova Scotia, Cape Breton Island, Prince Edward Island, and the Gaspe peninsula of Quebec, and other neighboring Wabanaki groups.
IN THIS LESSON, students constructed five- or six-sided boxes in which they employed the use of multiple surface decoration techniques--silk-screening, stenciling, photo decals, hand painting, and sgraffito.
These reference Bluecoat's acclaimed potter, Julia Carter Preston (1926-2012) and explore her sgraffito technique.
Workers travelled from say, Nishapur in north eastern Iran, to share their skills in the use of slip ware -- a semiliquid clay -- which was used for sgraffito, a form of decoration made by scratching through a surface to reveal a layer of differing colour, as well as carving and painting, while the craftsmen of Khashan, another Iranian city, introduced stone paste, a mix of ground glass and clay.
She used a technique known as sgraffito, a term derived from the Italian for "scratched", incising designs with a needle-like tool.
Originally constructed in 1908 and designed by Hiss & Weekes, The Belnord features an Italian Renaissance-style palazzo with a pair of gated arched entryways painted with sgraffito frescoes.
Tenacious and single-minded, her innovative, distinctive and elegant wheel-turned pots, bowls and vases were minimalist, exploring materials, flowing form, surface texture, sgraffito decoration, colour, layered slips and glazes.
I see the black-and-white sgraffito on the surface of these monochrome works as my travel notes on the margin, scribbled during my journeys in search of these very forms.
Their collaborative pieces on display depict biblical figures and are characterized by a sea-green matt glaze incised with sgraffito and inlaid oxides.