Meryl Till is a ceramicist specialising in handmade porcelain ceramic lighting. She has experimented with many wonderfully decorative textured surfaces, which have been pressed and pierced to project delicate patterned light on the surroundings. In some of her work she uses the sgraffito technique. Sgraffito means "scratched" in Italian and is a decorating pottery technique produced by applying layers of underglazes or coloured slips to leather hard pottery and then scratching off parts of the layer(s) to create contrasting images, patterns and texture and then reveal the clay colour underneath. Meryl studied for a degree in Three Dimensional Design in 1990 at Loughborough College of Art & Design and graduated in 1993 with First Class Honours. As well as having gained experience as a ceramics teacher and a lecturer she has won several awards for her work, such as the BT Newcomers Innovation Award and the Development Award, East Midlands Art.