Carved Tree Vase

Products Used

  • Low Fire White Clay
  • SC-15 Tuxedo
  • SC-46 Rawhide
  • SC-60 Silver Lining
  • SC-74 Hot Tamale
  • SC-91 Seabreeze
  • SG-302 White Cobblestone

Decorating Accessories

  • BT-910 Synthetic Sponge
  • CB-106 #6 Script Liner
  • CB-602 #2 Soft Fan
  • CB-604 #4 Soft Fan

Additional Materials

  • Canvas Board
  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Silicon Rib
  • Soda Can
  • Rolling Pin
  • 2 - 1/4" Wood Slats
  • Needle Tool
  • Texture Tool
wp040 tree vase w bird
 Designer: MarciaRoullard




  1. On a canvas board, using a rolling pin, roll out clay between 2, 1/4 inch wood slats.
  2. Wrap a coke can with paper, to prevent the clay from sticking.
  3. With a needle tool, cut out a 5" by 10" piece of clay.
  4. Wrap the clay around the coke can, overlap the ends of the clay. Cut through both pieces of clay with a needle tool, remove the excess clay from the cut. Score the ends and attach together with slip or water.
  5. Using a rib tool, create lines on the exterior of the cylinder.
  6. Trace a heart shape on the cylinder with a dull pencil. Smooth out detail lines from the rib tool inside of the heart. Score initials into the heart with a dull pencil.
  7. Remove the coke can and paper.
  8. Place the cylinder shape onto a 1/4" slab clay. Score and wet the bottom of the cylinder to stick to the clay, finger press together.
  9. Roll a coil, wide on one end for the branch. Score and add a small amount of water to attach the branch to the side of the cylinder. Make a little bird from clay and attach to the limb.
  10. Let dry, slowly.
  11. Fire to shelf cone 04.


  1. Using CB-604 #4 Soft Fan, apply 3 coats of SC-91 Seabreeze to the interior. 
  2. Using CB-604 #4 Soft Fan, apply 3 coats of SC-60 Silver Lining to the exterior, excluding the bird.
  3. Using CB-106 #6 Script Liner, apply 2 coats of SC-46 Rawhide to the inside of the heart.
  4. Using CB-106 #6 Script Liner, apply 2 coats of SC-74 Hot Tamale to the bird.
  5. Using CB-106 #6 Script Liner, float SC-15 Tuxedo into the detail from the rib, the outline of the heart, and letters in the heart. Apply under the bird to appear as a "shadow" for the bird.
  6. Slightly thin SC-15 Tuxedo with water (3:1). Using CB-604 #4 Soft Fan, drip the thinned glze to the inside of the tree.
  7. Using CB-602 #2 Soft Fan, apply two coats of SG-302 White Cobblestone to the outside of the tree in varied sections to give the look of peeling bark.
  8. Stilt and fire to cone 06/05.

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