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The Brass Tacks: Handmade Sfgraffito House Numbers from Etsy

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The Brass Tacks: Handmade Sfgraffito House Numbers from Etsy

June 7, 2024

A year into homeownership, my partner and I are turning our attention to curb appeal: painting our front steps, planting native flowers, and ensuring our little house makes an appealing first impression to all who come by. Among our inspirations? These handmade house numbers—made using the traditional Italian method of sfgraffito, meaning “to scratch”, and entirely different from run-of-the-mill, mass-made numbers.

Have a look:

from new orleans based depauw pottery on etsy, the glossy classic sfgraffito ho 17
Above: From New Orleans-based DePauw Pottery on Etsy, the glossy Classic Sfgraffito House Number is made using the Italian sfgraffito method, or scratching through a surface to reveal a lower layer of design. The tiles are available in a horizontal or vertical format and a variety of sizes; from $145.
the house numbers with a magnolia motif. 18
Above: The house numbers with a Magnolia motif.
according to the ceramicists, &#8\2\20;these tiles hold up to all weather,  19
Above: According to the ceramicists, “these tiles hold up to all weather, including freezes, and they will never fade from the sun.”
the signs are available in traditional rich blue or black or a variety of other 20
Above: The signs are available in traditional rich blue or black or a variety of other glazes.
a handful of the motifs on offer, including the craftsman design (center). 21
Above: A handful of the motifs on offer, including the Craftsman design (center).

More in the way of good-looking hardware, see more installments of The Brass Tacks:

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