248-Sgraffito & Luster: Flower Stories

Join Jennifer Evans Arbo for a surface design and sgraffito carving workshop, finishing up by adding luster to your pieces. Decorate a one of a kind design into a vase shape of your choosing. Perfect to display those spring flowers in. Sgraffito means to “scratch” in Italian and workshop participants will draw and carve a design onto a vase shape of their choosing. Sgraffito involves removing layers of slip or underglaze from greenware to reveal the underlying clay body. Luster overglazes are made of actual gold which gives a fancy brilliance to the final finishes of your ceramic vase!

In the first session, Jennifer will demonstrate how she seeks out design inspiration, and how she applies 2-D design concepts to 3-D surfaces using the sgraffito method. After a short demonstration of Jennifer’s sgraffito process, participants will be provided
with a tile for practice and a vase form to complete their project (made prior to the workshop by Jennifer, or brought by current ceramic students). Participants will use underglazes and slips on their greenware ceramic piece during the session as they
explore the sgraffito practice themselves. Layering techniques will be shown to build color on your imagery, ultimately carving through and adding negative space to add depth to the piece.

The second session will be two weeks later and will focus on overglaze luster techniques. Your piece created from the first session will be glaze fired and ready to have an application of a variety of lusters to the surface. Techniques to apply will be
shown, safety measures (gloves and masks) will be used to apply the luster. Participants can choose designs provided by Jennifer or draw their own! 

Please bring printed reference images if you have an idea of what you would like to sgraffito.
Ceramic vases will be ready for pickup one week past the second session. Participants will be notified when ceramic pieces are ready to be picked up from the Center. Current ceramic students of the center if you would like to bring your own leather hard creation in one of our studio clays, please feel free to do so!

Some Clay experience required. 

Special Notes

All students must comply with the Policies and Procedures found on The Center's website. There will be no refunds for students removed from class for failure to observe The Center’s Policies and Procedures.

Sun. Apr. 14: 10:30am-1:30pm
Sun. Apr. 21: No class
Sun. Apr. 28: 10:30am-12:30pm


All materials (clay and firing included) will be provided for during the workshop.

Please bring reference images if you have an idea of what you would like to sgraffito.


About the Instructor

Jennifer Evans Arbo

Jennifer Evans Arbo is a Fine Arts Ceramicist and Photographer residing in New Jersey. Originally from California, she traveled the world, living in England, Spain and Uruguay before landing on the East Coast. She has a BA and Post graduate degree from London College of Fashion and minored in Ceramics. Jennifer specializes in wheel throwing a sgraffito surface technique in her ceramics and uses the human form to tell emotional stories in clay. Jennifer shares her love of art by helping to inspire the next generation of artists. She has been teaching fashion to young adults and currently teaches beginner ceramics to adults and teens at the Center for Contemporary Arts in Bedminster, NJ.


Class Details

April 14 - April 28, 10:30 am - 01:30 pm

Days: Sunday

Tuition: $125

Member Tuition: $100

Location: The Center for Contemporary Art

Semester: Spring 2024

Level: Adult

Instructor: Jennifer Evans Arbo