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FN mat mugs upright cropped

Products Used

Bisque
  • White Earthenware Clay

Color
  • FN-002 Yellow
  • FN-207 Orange Slice
  • FN-216 Sea Glass

Decorating Accessories

  • MT-003 Brick
  • MT-012 Ikat
  • MT-013 Honeycomb
  • RB-144 #4 Soft Fan

Miscellaneous Accessories

  • Rolling Pin
  • Ruler or straight edge 

 

Designer: Elizabeth Carey
 
 

Description

Creating hand-built vessels is a great way to explore the physical requirement for a functional mug. Spend time researching mug and handle shapes throughout history and have each student select a mug and handle shape. Mugs throughout history have changed dramatically. How does the mug need to stand? Where is the best place to put a handle for even weight distribution? How much liquid should the mug hold? These are all questions that the students should answer to start creating their perfect mug.

Objectives

  • Students will experience using a slab roller
  • Students will research mugs throughout history
  • Students will explore shapes and designs of handle creation

Instructions

1. Begin with about 3# of wedged clay and rolling out a slab about ¼” thick.
2. Either pull the handles or roll coils for the handles and shape on the table to set up a bit.

3. Make the base of the mug by cutting out a circle from the slab for a flat bottom or pinching a small bowl to make a lifted bottom (if you have access to wheels this is also an option to make the lifted bottom, but be sure to account for drying time if using this method).

4. Place a mat of your choice onto the slab and gently press down with your hand from the center outward. Once the mat is secure, use a rolling pin to fully and evenly press it into the slab. Gently remove the mat.

5. Use a straight edge to cut about a 4” tall band. Depending on the size of your base it will need to be about 6”-10” long. We would recommend leaving it kind of long and precisely measuring it in the next step.

6. Place your slab vertically on top of your base and wrap it around so it is forming the top of the mug. Cut off any excess length from the slab, but be sure to leave about ¼”-1/2” overlap for slipping and scoring.

7. Lay the slab back on the table and score the inside of one edge and the outside of the other, as well as the bottom edge of the slab. Set slab up vertically and attach both ends with water or slip. Be sure to pinch firmly with your finger.

8. Score the top edge of your base, add water and align the top cylinder, firmly pressing down to ensure a strong connection.

9. Attach handle to the mug by slipping and scoring both the attachment points of the handle and where they attach to the piece. Firmly press the handle into the piece; you may need to provide support from the inside to avoid any warping.

10. Clean up your seams and edges.

11. Loosely cover with plastic and allow to dry slowly before bisque firing.

12. Fire to cone 04.

13. Using the Soft Fan, apply 3 coats of FN-002 Yellow, FN-207 Orange Slice, or FN-216 Sea Glass to the corresponding mug. Allow glaze to dry between coats.

14. Fire to cone 06.

 

Products Used

Bisque
  • 6" Tile
Color
  • CG-985 Monet's Pond
  • SC-27 Sour Apple
  • SC-15 Tuxedo
  • SC-12 Moody Blue
  • S-2101 Clear

Decorating Accessories

  • CB-109 Script Liner
  • CB-110 Liner
  • CB-604 Soft Fan

Miscellaneous Accessories

  • liquid dish soap
  • small dixie cup
  • straw
  • TBS measuring spoon
  • Pattern: Download
bubble fish tile
Designer: Marcia Roullard
 
 

Instructions

  1. Begin with a properly fired shelf cone 04 Bisque. Moisten a clean sponge and wipe bisque to remove dust.
  2. Trace on the pattern, brush two heavy coats of CG-985 Monet's Pond to the middle section of the fish, make sure to stir to get an even distribution of crystals.
  3. Brush the fins and the head with SC-27 Sour Apple, while the color is wet, drag in Monet's Pond into the wet glaze in brush strokes.
  4. Outline and detail the fins with SC-15 Tuxedo, use CB-110 Liner.
  5. In the small dixie cup, mix 1 TBS of SC-12 Moody BLue, 2 TBS of water and 2 drops of liquid soap. Depending on the size of the container, the recipe should be doubled if the bubbles aren't reaching over the edge of the container.
  6. With a straw, blow into the mix, bubbles should form and bubble over the edge of the container. Press the tile to the bubbles, let them break on their own. Or let the bubble drop onto the tile, let them break on their own.
  7. Brush the background of the tile with two coats of S-2101 Clear.
  8. Fire to cone 06. 

 

PC2019 butterfly plate

Products Used

Bisque
  • MB-101 Coupe Salad Plate

Color
  • SC-6 Sunkissed
  • SC-15 Tuxedo 
  • SC-75 Orange-A-Peel
  • NT-CLR Clear Dipping Glaze or S-2101 Clear Brushing Glaze 

Decorating Accessories

  • AC-310 Silkscreen Medium 
  • DSS-0113 Bugs
  • RB-144 #4 Soft Fan
  • RB-110 #10/0 Detail Liner 

Miscellaneous Accessories

  • Palette
  • Toilet Paper or cardboard tube 
  • Palette Knife
  • Scissors
  • Permanent Marker
  • Sponge-on-a-Stick
  • Pencil 

 

Designer: Elizabeth Carey
 
 

Instructions

1. Begin with properly fired cone 04 bisque. Moisten a sponge and wipe bisque to remove any dust. 

2. Using the scissors, make cuts on one end of the toilet paper tube. They should be around 1/4 inch thick and 1 1/4 inches long. When making the last cut, continue to the end of the toilet paper tube. Push the roll flat and fold up all of the pieces that were cut. Pull off two pieces from the center.

3. Squeeze about a tablespoon of SC-6 Sunkissed and SC-75 Orange-A-Peel on to the plate. Take the sponge on a stick and gently dab both glazes. Sponge onto the stamp until it is completely covered in glaze. Stamp down the center of the plate to look like butterfly wings. Repeat for the other side of the butterfly. 

4. Use the pencil to draw the body of the butterfly.

5. Using the Detail Liner with SC-15 Tuxedo, apply two coats to the body of the butterfly. Allow glaze to dry between coats.

6. On the DSS-0113 Bugs screen, locate the butterflies. Draw an outline around them in permanent marker. Cut it out with the excess screen around the edges. 

7. Squeeze about two tablespoons of SC-15 Tuxedo onto the plate. Add a pinch of AC-310 Silkscreen Medium. Mix with a palette knife until it becomes the consistency of peanut butter. You may need to add more silkscreen medium or glaze. 

8. Place the butterfly on the plate. While holding it firmly in place, take a small amount of premixed silkscreen medium, and gently rub in circles starting in the center and working outward. Slowly pull up the screen to avoid smearing. Repeat while the screen is still wet for additional butterflies. 

9. Using the Detail Liner with SC-6 Sunkissed and SC-75 Orange-A-Peel, apply one coat to the butterflies that were screened. 

10. Using the Detail Liner with SC-15 Tuxedo, make decorative swirls coming from some of the butterflies to make it look like they are moving. 

11. Using the Soft Fan with SC-75 Orange-A-Peel, apply two coats to the back of the plate. Allow glaze to dry between coats. 

12. Using the Soft Fan with S-2101 Clear Brushing Glaze, apply two coats to the plate. Allow glaze to dry between coats. Or dip with NT-CLR Clear Dipping Glaze.

13. Fire to cone 06. 

 

 
 
Products Used

Bisque
  • MB-889 8" Asian Flair Square Plate
Color
  • SC-2 Melon-Choly
  • SC-24 Dandelion
  • SC-31 The Blues
  • SC-74 Hot Tamale
  • SC-75 Orange-A-Peel
  • SC-76 Cara-bein Blue
  • SC-89 Cutie Pie Coral
  • FN-001 White
  • FN-031 Corn Flower Blue
  • SG-401 Black Designer Liner
Decorating Accessories
  • CB-106 #6 Script Liner
  • CB-110 #10/0 Liner
  • CB-604 #4 Soft Fan
  • BT-910 Synthetic Sponges
  • MT-002 Wood Grain Matt
Fuzzy_puffer_fish_
 
 
Additional Materials
  • Pencil
  • Mini Foam Roller (Lowes)
  • Paper Towel
  • Eyelash Yarn
  • Scissors
  • Download Project Pattern: Puffer Fish
 
Project Info
  • Designer: Marcia Roullard
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Time: 2 hours
 

Instructions

  1. Begin with properly fired shelf cone 04 bisque.  Moisten a clean sponge and wipe bisque to remove any dust.
  2. Using a CB-604 #4 Soft Fan, apply on 2-3 coats of FN-001 White to the top of the plate. Allow to dry.
  3. Cut out the shape of the fish from the pattern. Apply some water to the glaze area of the fish, this will help the pattern to stick to the glaze. Lay a paper towel over the pattern press/pat to remove any excess water.
  4. Stamp the plate with the MT-002 Wood Grain Matt using SC-31 The Blues. Apply SC-31 The Blues to the mat with a mini foam roller.  Make sure to clean the mat if it is new.
  5. Remove the paper fish pattern.
  6. Cut out the fins and the eye and place them on the fish using water to get them to stay.
  7. Using a CB-604 #4 Soft Fan, apply 1 coat of SC-89 Cutie Pie Coral to the fish then 1 coat of SC-2 Melon-Choly.
  8. While the SC-2 Melon-Choly coat is wet lay in some eyelash yarn into the wet glaze, wind it around the fish then to the center. Apply another coat of the SC-2 Melon-Choly over the yarn.
  9. After it starts to dry, pat with a paper towel to remove excess glaze.
  10. When the glaze is dry to the touch or the gloss leaves, brush on 1-2 coats of S-74 Hot Tamale.
  11. Remove the yarn and the paper fins and eye after the gloss leaves the glaze.
  12. Using a CB-106 #6 Script Liner, apply on SC-75 Orange-A-Peel streaked with SC-24 Dandelion to the fins, eye is Orange-A-Peel with the SC-24 Dandelion, with the SG-401 Designer Liner for the pupil.
  13. Pencil in the water or trace with AC-230 Clay Carbon Paper.
  14. Use the SG-401 Designer Liner to line the waves, use A CB-110 #10/0 Liner with the SG-401 Designer Liner to line the fins and the eyes.
  15. Using a CB-604 #4 Soft Fan, apply 1 coat of  SC-31 The Blues to the waves and a thinned coat of SC-76 Cara-bein Blue for the area under the top wave.
  16. Using a CB-604 #4 Soft Fan, apply 3 coats of FN-031 Cornflower Blue to the back of the plate. Allow to dry.
  17. Stilt and fire to shelf cone 06/05.

 

PC2019 spider plate

Products Used

Bisque
  • MB-101 Coupe Salad Plate 

Color
  • SC-2 Melon-Choly
  • SC-15 Tuxedo
  • SC-16 Cotton Tail 
  • SC-74 Hot Tamale 
  • NT-CLR Clear Dipping or NT-BR Clear Brushing Glaze 

Decorating Accessories

  • AC-310 Silkscreen Medium
  • DSS-0113 Bugs
  • RB-144 #4 Soft Fan
  • RB-106 #6 Script Liner
  • RB-110 #10/0 Detail Liner 

Miscellaneous Accessories

  • Palette
  • Sponge-on-a-Stick
  • X-ACTO Knife
  • Pencil 
  • Palette Knife
  • Scissors
  • Permanent Marker
  • Toilet Paper or cardboard tube 

 

Designer: Elizabeth Carey
 
 

Instructions

1. Begin with properly fired cone 04 bisque. Moisten a sponge and wipe bisque to remove any dust.

2. Using the scissors, make cuts on one end of the paper towel roll. They should be around 1/4 inch thick and 1 1/4 inches long. Fold each piece away from the center of the roll to make the stamp.

3. Squeeze around a tablespoon of SC-15 Tuxedo onto the plate. Take the sponge on a stick and gently dab into the glaze. Sponge onto the stamp until it is completely covered in glaze. Press stamp onto the plate. Press down all sections and remove.

4. Use the pencil to draw the spider's face and web. Using the Script Liner with SC-15 Tuxedo, apply two coats of glaze to the spider's body. Using the Detail Liner, outline the eyes, tongue and web. 

5. Using the Detail Liner with SC-2 Melon-Choly, apply two coats to the tongue. Allow glaze to dry between coats. 

6. On the DSS-0113 Bugs screen, locate the fly. Draw an outline around it in permanent marker. Cut it out with excess screen around the edges. 

7. Squeeze about two tablespoons of SC-15 Tuxedo onto the plate. Add a pinch of AC-310 Silkscreen Medium. Mix with a palette knife until it becomes the consistency of peanut butter. You may need to add more silkscreen medium or glaze. 

8. Place the fly on the plate. While holding it firmly in place, take a small amount of premixed silkscreen medium, and gently rub in circles starting in the center and working outward. Slowly pull up screen to avoid smearing. Repeat while the screen is still wet for additional flies. 

9. Using the Soft Fan with SC-74 Hot Tamale, apply two coats to the back of the plate. Allow glaze to dry between coats. 

10. Using the Soft Fan, apply two coats of S-2101 Clear Brushing Glaze or dip into NT-CLR Clear Dipping Glaze. 

11. Fire to cone 06. 

Spider Plate .pdf

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