Sgraffito comes from the word graffiare, which means ‘to scratch’. The technique began 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. It involves applying tinted plaster in contrasting colors to a moistened surface and scratching out the desired design.

In our plaster studios in New York and Los Angeles, we have restored and designed a variety of sgraffito works including traditional, thin, deep, polychrome, and Keim mineral sgraffito.