Tiffany Scull Ceramics – Tiffany works from her Dorset studio based on the beautiful Isle of Portland creating ceramic forms decorated by hand with detailed Sgraffito drawings of many different plants and animals from around the world. Over time she has developed a very distinctive and unique way of painting with clay slips, carving and using sgraffito to draw her designs onto each form.
Tiffany says ‘discovering and specializing in the decorative technique of Sgraffito has allowed me to pair up my two loves of drawing and clay work’. She views every unique work as a three dimensional clay painting and a celebration of the natural world. Trying to capture the movement and interaction between different creatures she finds very exciting and hopes to give the impression a bird may take flight from its ceramic home at any moment. Special care is taken to place each creature with in its correct habitat and extensive drawings and research go into all her designs.
- Ceramic vessels
- Ceramic wall hangings
- Ceramic wall art
- One off pieces
Sgraffito – This word 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 century AD and in Europe during the 16th century as relief decoration on buildings.
Every unique design created starts life as a detailed line drawing and once she’s happy this is transferred by hand onto the clay surface. Each piece has been thrown on the wheel, left to slightly dry and then goes through many different processes and techniques developed over her years as a ceramic artist to created her intricate images onto the damp clay surface, this takes many hours and no two pieces will ever look the same.
Once completed these are left to dry for a few weeks and fired in an electric kiln during which she selectively glazes her main themes leaving the rest of the decoration matt.
Please be aware that none of her work is functional and will not hold water.
She has at any given time a small selection of pieces available to buy direct from her studio or you may want to consider commissioning a one of piece? This is a very personal and rewarding experience and she will walk you through from the initial drawings, to designs, tests if required and then the final piece.
Her studio is open by appointment only so please do contact her first before making the journey to visit.
She has exhibited her work with many different galleries and shows across the country including, The New Ashgate, Cambridge Contemporary Art, Gallery Bevere, The Ceramics Centre in London and Art in Clay at both Hatfield and Farnham.
Trade Memberships / Qualifications / Awards
Tiffany is a selected member of The Craft Potters Association which stands for excellence with in ceramics
She is a full selected member of The Devon Guild of Craftsmen
She is also a full selected member of The Society of Designer Craftsmen
Unit 7, Isle of Portland Heritage Trust, Portland, Dorset, DT5 2AN
Telephone: O7528 801001 / 01305 861213