Deer Cup

Holiday camp project for hot cocoa lovers.

Products Used

  • MB-1124 Travel Tumbler
  • SC-11 Blue Yonder
  • SC-14 Java Bean
  • SC-15 Tuxedo
  • SC-16 Cotton Tail
  • SC-34 Down To Earth
  • SC-54 Vanilla Dip
  • SC-74 Hot Tamale
Decorating Accessories
  • AC-230 Clay Carbon Paper
  • CB-404 - #4 Pointed Round
  • BT-910 - Synthetic Sponges
Additional Materials
  • Pencil
  • Cotton Balls
  • Download Pattern: Deer
Project Info


  1. Moisten a clean sponge and wipe your bisque to remove any dust or dirt.
  2. First, trace the reindeers face onto your cup using carbon paper to trace on the pattern. Place the carbon paper beneath the reindeer pattern, place the papers on the bisque and use a pencil to press down on the image to create the design. A red outline will be left. Once the tracing is done, fill in any blanks for with a pencil.
  3. Then, apply the background color SC-11 Blue Yonder by making a color wash. To do this, dip a cotton ball in water, squeeze out the excess water and mix it with SC-11 Blue Yonder. Then swirl the color around the reindeer design.
  4. Using CB-404  #4 Pointed Round, brush SC-16 Cotton Tail to the reindeer's eyebrows and tusks of hair near its ears.
  5. Next, apply SC-11 Blue Yonder and fill in the reindeer's eyes.
  6. Turn your reindeer into Rudolph by filling in its nose with SC-74 Hot Tamale.
  7. Using a round brush, apply the highlights of the reindeer's nose and right side of its forehead with SC-54 Vanilla Dip.
  8. Next, with a brush, highlight the middle of the forehead with SC-14 Java Bean.
  9. Fill in the remainder of the reindeer's forehead, face, and outer edges of its ears with SC-34 Down To Earth trying to create the texture of its fur.
  10. Lastly, with the brush, apply SC-15 Tuxedo to highlight the inner ear and create the pupils of the eyes.
  11. To truly personalize your cup, make handprint antlers by applying SC-34 Down to Earth or SC-15 Tuxedo on your child's hand, and then place it on the mug. To get a good handprint, press down with your hand over their hand before lifting up.
  12. Using a writer tip or brush, add any personalized writing on the cup.
  13. To make a red border on the rim of the cup, dip a cotton ball in SC-74 Hot Tamale and wipe the edge with it.
  14. Using a thin brush dipped in SC-15 Tuxedo, outline the eyes, ears, nose, and eyebrows of the reindeer.

Marketing Tips & Recommendations
Programming Options: Handprint Gallery - Document your child's growth and development through playful and precious keepsakes. Begin the workshop by watching "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer", reading the story by Robert L. May, or singing the song by Johnny Marks. Then, we'll lead you through a pre-planned project that will make the start of the holiday season fun.

Target Audiences: parents of toddlers 2 to 5 years in age.

Class Length: 1½ hrs.

Marketing Copy: Keep your coffee or cocoa roasting this winter in this playful mug that will have you thinking of your little one every time you reach for it.

Class Positioning: Unique methods of product application. Children will learn to apply glaze using:

  • A color wash and cotton balls
  • Brushes
  • Writing tips
Optional Instruction: Talk to them a bit about the glazing and firing process and let them tour the kiln room. This is often times exciting for new little painters.

Operations Tips & Recommendations

Class Preparation:

  • Have your workspace pre-set, have the children select a seat as they arrive.
  • Spend some time talking to them by asking each one to share his/her name and tell if they have ever painted before. If they have, ask them what they have painted and where. This will give you a sense of what type of experience your class has and also help nervous or hyper painters relax a bit before beginning the activity.
Operations Tips:
  • To help your customers get a good handprint, offer to help with the hand printing process. Have them use a thick brush and paint their child's hand. Then, help the child place their hand on the plate and press down with your hand over their hand before lifting up.
  • Outlining with SC-15 Tuxedo - use of the detailer bottle and black glaze to outline the reindeer - really makes the design elements stand out. If you are running short on time, or if the child or parent doesn't feel comfortable that they can do a good job offer to have someone in your studio do the task. You can save this step until after the children leave. Just let the parents know that you'll be outlining each piece before it is fired.

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