In this class you will create up to three ceramic hand or disk tiles using the sgraffito technique.
The Hamsa is a palm-shaped amulet popular throughout the Middle East and North Arica for use as jewelry and wall hangings. Depicting the open right hand, an image recognized and used as a sign of protection in many times throughout history, the Hamsa is believed by Jews and others to provide defense against the evil eye. It has been theorized that its origins lie in Ancient Egypt. (from Wikipedia)
Its symbology means different things to Hindus and Buddhists. For Hindus and Buddhists, it symbolizes the interplay of the chakras, the energy flow in the body, the five senses, and the mudras that effect them.
Here is a description of the process: On just past leather-hard stage, the clay surface is coated with several layers of underglaze of contrasting color to the white clay body. While the glaze is drying, draw your design on tracing paper or use one of the designs I have prepared. Place the tracing paper on the clay surface and use a pencil to trace over the design. The pencil will leave an impression. Using the sgraffito technique you will carve a design using a sharp tool to reveal the contrasting clay color underneath. The piece is then bisque fired. I will apply a clear gloss glaze and fire your tiles again.
$49 includes all the materials for a 2-3 hour class. All work will be fired and returned to you within 10 days.