Dana Bechert

Nottingham, PA

My use of pattern is a way to participate in the age-old language of craft and embellishment. Many of the patterns I use in my pottery are inspired from historical craft sources, like; Japanese shibori textiles, American pieced quilts, Islamic tiles, and Southwestern Native American pottery. Others are designed organically, using the basic grid as my guide. My pots are all hand thrown out of English Porcelain. The pattern is achieved using the sgraffito technique, in which a thin pigmented layer of clay, called slip, is selectively carved away to reveal the bright white clay body underneath.
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