My initial interest in art was drawing and painting, specifically sketching. This interest is what makes the sgraffito technique so appealing to me. It allows an artist to "draw" on the ceramics. Unlike high fire glazes which melt and drip in the kiln, slip stays exactly where the artist places it. This allows the artist to use extremely precise detail work. Both the ceramics wheel and the sphere feature the sgraffito technique. Slip can also be used like paint. Painting techniques that have been learned on paper can be used on ceramics when using slip. I personally prefer to use the heavy contrast between black slip and a white clay body to make the design forceful and bold. Another slip related finishing technique is slip trailing. I use a slim tip applicator bottle filled with colored slip for this technique. While squeezing the bottle I create a raised design that is often very repetitious and organic. This technique is very similar to the application of henna from which the inspiration for the featured vase came. Both slip, sgraffito and slip trailing cater well to my detail oriented personality. These techniques have become my favorite finishing processes for my works.