Sgraffito meaning

skră-fētō, zgrä-
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Decoration produced on pottery or ceramic by scratching through a surface of plaster or glazing to reveal a different color underneath.
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Ware decorated in this manner.
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A method of producing a design on ceramics, murals, etc. by incising the outer coating of slip or glaze to reveal a ground of a different color.
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Such a design.
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An object bearing such a design.
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A technique in ceramics, art and wall design, where the top layer of pigment or slip is scratched through to reveal an underlying layer.
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To produce a design using this technique.
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Origin of sgraffito

  • Italian past participle of sgraffire to scratch from sgraffio a scratch from sgraffiare to scratch from Old Italian s- intensive pref. sforzando graffiare to scratch graffito

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Borrowed from the Italian, which derives from the Ancient Greek graphein, meaning "to write or scratch."

    From Wiktionary