Greek Pottery • Much of our understanding of Greek society comes from pottery because there is so much of it left! • Greek pottery may be divided in four broad categories: • storage and transport vessels, • mixing vessels, • jugs and cups and • vases for oils, perfumes and cosmetics.
These vases often had figures and decorations painted on them • These paintings portrayed a story or narrative (mythological or daily life)
Black figure decoration- painter used slip to silhouette figures against the red background • Red figure decoration- red figures stand out against a black background • Sgraffitoand sgraffiti come from the Italian word graffiare ("to scratch"), ultimately from the Greek γράφειν (gráphein) "to write".
Women at a Fountain House –black figure decoration - Hydria – 21” – 520-510 BCE. Depicts Greek women performing common chore: collecting water at communal well. • Artemis Slaying Actaeon – Red figure decoration on bell krater – 470 BCE – 15”
Greek Pottery Scratch Board Project Students will create a classic Greek style pot with decoration at the neck, body, and foot.
What is scratchboard? • Scratchboardis a technique where drawings are created using sharp knives and tools for etching into a thin layer of white China clay that is coated with black India Ink.