Andryea Natkin"Vase, Earthenware", 3" dia x 5.25" tall, $95.|      I received my BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and have worked in a variety of mediums including drawing, painting, printmaking, mosaic over the years before I discovered my love of clay.

For the past two years, I have been exploring ways to express myself through ceramics by creating one-of-a-kind functional ceramic objects, all of which are hand built in small batches. I work in a cozy but bright and sunny studio in my home in Chicago. I love getting my hands in clay making things we all can use.

I complement the surface of all my ceramic forms using two different techniques. One, called sgraffito, which in Italian means ‘to scratch’ is a method where I literally scratch or draw lines through a layer of black underglaze that I apply to leather hard clay revealing the white clay beneath it. Incising or carving designs on the leather hard clay surface is another technique. Black underglaze is applied after the piece is bisque fired then it is wiped off the surface revealing all the incised and carved lines, patterns, textures and characteristics.

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