Our Devon Workshop
We manufacture our scagliola in a traditional fashion, using wooden carcassing, and hand applied coloured scagliola to the outside of the object, this is then cut and polished in the traditional manor. The entire process takes place in Newton Abbot, Devon, where we also work with rare marbles; see our website at www.grantsmarble.com.
Definition: Scagliola (from the Italian scaglia, meaning 'chips'), is a technique for producing stucco columns, sculptures, and other architectural elements that resemble marble. The Scagliola technique came into fashion in 17th century Tuscany as an effective substitute for costly marble inlays, the pietra dura works created for the Medici family in Florence.
Scagliola is a composite substance made from selenite, glue and natural pigments, imitating marble and other hard stones. The material may be veined with colors and applied to a core, or desired pattern may be carved into a previously prepared scagliola matrix. The pattern's indentations are then filled with the colored, plaster-like scagliola composite, and then polished with flax oil for brightness, and wax for protection. The combination of materials and technique provides a complex texture, and richness of color not available in natural veined marbles.
A comparable material is terrazzo. 'Marmorino' is a synonym, but scagliola and terrazzo should not be confused with plaster of Paris, which is one ingredient.