what is pointing in plastering?

Pointing in plaster is decorative work.

There are two types of pointing namely raised and sunken.

You might have noticed many buildings are brick finished or stone cladding finished to provide a richer look, the pointing done
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Pointing is a treatment given to joint in a wall after it had set.
Its done in different types like key pointing, vee pointing, flush pointing, weathered pointing, etc
You should not confuse it with jointing which is the same treatment given to a joint but during walling process.