About Tiffany Scull
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"Discovering and specializing in the beautiful technique of Sgraffito has allowed me to pair up my two loves of drawing and clay work.
I am passionate about this time consuming process and have developed a distinctive and unique style, with each piece being made and meticulously decorated by hand."
Studio: Unit 7, Isle of Portland heritage Trust, Reforne, Easton, Portland, Dorset,
Number: 07528 801001
After spending five years at different art colleges in the south, specialising in ceramics for the last two, I moved back to my childhood home on the Isle of Wight. Here I worked in a pottery for two years where I learnt to throw. In 2002 I moved to my present home and studio in Portland and began to focus on thrown forms decorated with clay slips and the technique of sgraffito.
Sgraffito translated from Italian means ‘to scratch away’ and has been used by many cultures to decorate buildings, paintings and pottery. It was first used in china during the 11th and 12th centuries, and in Europe during the 16th century, as relief decoration on buildings.
Discovering and specializing in the beautiful technique of Sgraffito has allowed me to pair up my two loves of drawing and clay work. I am passionate about this time consuming process and have developed a distinctive and unique style, with each piece being made and meticulously decorated by hand. Over the years the way in which I carve, use colours and sgraffito has developed to become very different from the usual and I am now painting with my slips trying to recreate the true colour and detail of each creature.
Telling a story and trying to capture a fleeting moment in time I find very fascinating. Birds and fish are particular favourites and, being such nervous creatures, I hope to give the impression they may take flight from a vessel or dish at any moment. My forms and designs are ever changing, and I have numerous sketch books waiting to come to life.
I have exhibited in many galleries around the country including Cambridge Contemporary Art, the John Noott Galleries, Devon Guild, Bluecoat display centre and the Bevere Gallery. I have also taken part in the ceramic art event ‘Art in Clay’ at both Farnham and Hatfield House. I am a selected member of the Craft Potters Association and the Devon Guild as well as The Society of Designer Craftsmen and have created many unique pieces for clients in this country and internationally.
The images of my work have been used to help promote many shows and events and I have also had a number of interviews published in print and on line. My work continues to develop and change, and this is what keeps me excited about this beautiful technique.