437-Scratching the Surface: A Sgraffito Workshop

Join Jennifer Evans Arbo for a surface design and sgraffito carving workshop. Sgraffito means to “scratch” in Italian and workshop participants will draw and carve a design onto a plate shape of their choosing. Sgraffito involves removing layers of slip or underglaze from greenware to reveal the underlying clay body. 

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 an ornament to practice and a slab plate to complete their project (made prior to the workshop by Jennifer). Participants will use underglazes and slips on their greenware ceramic piece during the session as they explore the sgraffito practice themselves. 

One ornament and one 10" plate is included in the workshop.

articipants can choose designs provided by Jennifer or draw their own! 

After the workshop, the plates will be dried, glazed and fired – this takes 2-4 weeks. Participants will be notified when ceramic pieces are ready to be picked up from the Center. 

No 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.


All materials 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

October 27 - October 27, 09:30 am - 01:00 pm

Days: Friday

Tuition: $102

Member Tuition: $77

Location: The Center for Contemporary Art

Semester: Fall 2023

Level: Adult (All Levels)

Instructor: Jennifer Evans Arbo