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Products Used


DT-661 6" x 6" Bisque Tile


SC-14 Java Bean, SC-15 Tuxedo, SC-16 Cotton Tail, SC-25 Crackerjack, SC-34 Down To Earth, SC-54 Vanilla Dip, FN-303 Deep Blue Sea, CG-793 Beach Pebbles

Design Tools

CB-110 #10/0 Liner, CB-106 #6 Script Liner, CB-604 #4 Soft Fan, AC-230 Clay Carbon Paper, BT-910 - Synthetic Sponges

Additional Materials
Pencil, Scissors, Paper Towels, Download Project Patterns: Giraffe Template
giraffe tile


For grade levels 1-4

"Art in a Jar"! Our crystal glazes make learning so much fun. This lesson, students will learn about the ceramic process of glazing. Using a crystal glaze helps the students visually understand that glaze is composed of glass particles that melt during firing, creating a protective glass-like surface. The larger crystals in the glaze bloom and pool because these areas have thicker glaze. Our sample is of a giraffe, but please feel free to adapt this lesson to other animals as well, changing your crystal glaze accordingly: For example, if your students want to paint reptiles instead, use CG-717 Pistachio or CG-973 Alligator.


  • Understand the composition of glaze and its firing properties
  • Learn various glaze applications, including the masking technique
  • Experiment with color, patterns, and textures using glaze

National Standards

  • Understanding and Applying Media, Techniques, and Processes
  • Using Knowledge of Structures and Functions
  • Choosing and Evaluating a Range of Subject Matter, Symbols, and Ideas


Glazing Directions:
  1. Begin with properly fired shelf cone 04 bisque. Moisten a clean sponge and wipe bisque to remove any dust.
  2. Cut out the head of the giraffe pattern, loosely trace on the tile.
  3. Using a CB-604 #4 Soft Fan, apply 2 coats of SC-54 Vanilla Dip, brush over the trace line.
  4. Brush some water over the glaze then set in the paper giraffe head. Press down with a paper towel.
  5. Sponge off the excess glaze around the paper, carefully.
  6. Using a CB-604 #4 Soft Fan, apply 4 coats of FN-303 Deep Blue Sea to the top of the tile. Remove the paper.
  7. Using a pencil and AC-230 Clay Carbon Paper, trace on the detail of the head with the second pattern.
  8. Using a CB-106 #6 Script Liner, apply 1 coat of CG-793 Beech Pebbles with crystals to the spots.
  9. Using a CB-106 #6 Script Liner, apply 1 coat of SC-25 Crackerjack Brown to the spots, ear, muzzle, mane and antlers.
  10. Apply a second coat of SC-25 Crackerjack Brown, shade the spots with SC-14 Java Bean in the bush on the top of the spots and SC-34 Down to Earth for the lower edge of the spots.
  11. Shade the mane, ears, antlers, and muzzle with the same colors, with the second coat of SC-25 Crackerjack Brown.
  12. Using a CB-110 #10/0 Liner, accent the spots and all the parts with SC-15 Tuxedo.
  13. Apply 1 coat of SC-16 Cotton Tail to the eye area, pupil is SC-15 Tuxedo, outline.
  14. Stilt and fire to shelf cone 06.

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