Sgraffito Pottery

What is Sgraffito Pottery?

This popular category of traditional redware was practiced by immigrant German potters living in communities from Pennsylvania to North Carolina.  Many dub this work “Tulip Ware,” referring to the often employed flower on many a sgraffito pot.  But the technique was also practiced by rural English, French, and Italian potters among others.  Sgraffito pottery is dipped into a white slip, with fanciful designs carved into the surface, exposing the dark clay underneath.