Fine Art Ceramics & Illustrations

Taos, New Mexico

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Last updated on Jul 26, 2021

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Alissa Mittl

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About MittlCeramics

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Video summary: Process video of how I carve my imagery.

Highly detailed handmade artwork created with passion

Hello! I love making detailed functional ware and sculpture using an ancient technique called sgraffito. The term originated from the Italian word "graffiare," which means "to scratch, mark or write" and is defined as "a form of decoration made by scratching through a surface to reveal a lower layer of a contrasting color."

I typically utilize a small needle and a loop tool to scratch away the colored surface to reveal the porcelain clay body underneath. I love the highly detailed and methodical nature of working this way. Each piece takes approximately 3-4 hours to create from start to finish.

I utilize this technique to create botanical scenes and landscapes, based on the world around me. For the past few years, I have been traveling across the United States in search of different opportunities to expand my work. So far I have spent time in Colorado, Arizona, California, Nevada , Wyoming, Montana, and am currently living in Northern New Mexico. I observe and sketch the plant and animal life I encounter during my travels and translate these designs onto my work. This allows me to document where I have been throughout my ongoing pilgrimage.

I hope you enjoy exploring my work as much as I do making it!

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  • Alissa Mittl

    Owner, Creator

    Hello! I am a Studio Art graduate of Florida State University. I am the proud owner and sole proprietor of Mittl Ceramics. All designs are my own and original. Thank you for checking out my shop!

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Last updated on Jul 22, 2017
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Want a custom piece of functional artwork for your home or a loved one? Just send me a message! I gladly accept commissions, as long as they are in the realm of my ceramic expertise.