Sgraffito comes from the word graffiare, which means ‘to scratch’. The technique became popular in Italy around the 15th or 16th century and was heavily used during the Renaissance period on the exterior of buildings to make frescos on housing and palace facades. Its creation involves applying tinted plaster in contrasting colors to a moistened surface and scratching out the desired design.

We restore historic sgraffito plasterwork and and create new sgraffito projects using traditional, thin, deep, polychrome, and Keim mineral techniques.