Sgraffito is an Italian technique and the
primary style of the pottery created by Lexy
Malone, whose influences include ancient
Greek and Etruscan ceramics and Japanese
woodblock prints. Sgraffito involves painting
a new piece of pottery with colored liquid clay,
then carving the design through.
“I love that technique because its surface
is three-dimensional,” says Malone, owner of
BeSalty Studio. “I love feeling the lines and
seeing the interplay.”
A pitcher Malone created is glazed in swirls
of seaweed green and has protruding hand-sculpted
barnacles. Malone uses beach shells
to create molds to look as if shells are placed
on top of her circular vases.
“A friend has gifted several mugs of mine
to her brother because he’s visually impaired
and he loves to be able to feel the design. I
thought that was really cool,” Malone says.
BeSalty’s “Swing Bridge” mug commemo-rates
the old Surf City bridge. Sea turtle and
mermaid pieces sell the fastest. “Purr-maid”
pieces have cats with mermaid tails.
“They are pretty cute, I’m not going to lie,”
laughs Malone. “I have trouble keeping those
Malone studied art at Tulane University,
specializing in ceramics. Today, paddle board-ing
the Intracoastal Waterway is where she
finds inspiration for new designs.
BeSalty can be found on Facebook and Instagram.
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