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Iced Poinsettia Vase - Fired products: Article or Project

Suitable Bisque ^04 (Duncan Tall Tribal Vase shown)
Duncan Concepts:
CN074 Really Red
CN083 Dark Wine
CN141 Light Aqua
CN142 Bright Aqua
CN171 Light Kelp
CN172 Bright Kelp
CN244 Really White
CN372 Bright Honeysuckle

Glaze: Pure Brilliance Products:
Black Icing
Small Applicator Bottle

#1 Liner
#6 Round-soft
#8 Round-soft
#6 Fan-soft

Tissue Paper
Ultra Fine Marker (blue or red)
Water Container
Palette for Paint
Paper Towels

More Details

1. Trace pattern onto tissue paper using a pencil.
2. Place pattern onto piece and re-trace pattern using a ultra fine marker, either blue or red. By using blue or red it is much easier to see where you are placing the black icing.
3. Wipe piece with a damp sponge to remove dust a prepare for painting.
4. Roll glaze the inside of the vase using Pure Brilliance thinned to a milk consistency.
5. Leave vase upside down for about 2 or 3 minutes, to allow the excess glaze to run to the top of vase.
6. With a sponge wipe off any excess glaze for the outside of the vase.
7. With a fan glaze brush and Light Aqua, thinned to a water color consistency.
8. Apply color all over vase in a swishy motion. This will give the back ground a mottled look.


1. Fill applicator bottle with Black Icing.
2. Ice all lines that you traced, making sure to cover all blue or red lines.
3. Allow product to dry for to 15 minutes.


1. To float color, place color on palette, add enough water to make the color like a light cream consistency. Using a round brush pick up color, drop in center of areas and push color toward the iced lines. If you paint in color you will need to apply two coats.
2. To all leaves, stems and center of poinsettia float Light Kelp.
3. To berries float Really Red.
4. To poinsettia petals, float Really Red, Bright Honeysuckle or Really White. Refer to
Diagram #1

5. If color seems light apply a second coat.


1. To shade, load brush in water, tap on paper towel to remove excess water from tip
of brush, then tip brush in color. Keeping the tip of the brush next to the iced line
press the brush flat then bounce, move the brush up or down the iced line. This is
how you will shade all sections.
2. Stems and holly, shade with Bright Kelp.
3. Shade large leaf with Really Red shade areas as shown in Diagram #2, you will
need two coats. To the remaining areas on the large leaf shad with Bright Kelp.
4. When painting petals of flowers refer to the diagram #3.
5. To Really Red petals, shade with Dark Wine.
6. To Bright Honeysuckle petals, shade with Really Red
7. To White petals, shade first with Bright Honeysuckle then shade with Really Red.
8. Using a stylus apply a Really Red dot to the center of the green dots. This is shown on diagram #2.

9. If you need to darken, make sure the first coat is dry, if you don’t you will be removing more color than you are adding.
10. Allow the piece to dry overnight, the apply 1 or 2 coats of clear glaze to the outside of the piece.
11. When dry stilt and fired to shelf cone 06
12. Remember to remove stilt marks.

CME wishes to thank Arlene Smith for providing this project to share with Ceramists around the world. If you are interested in her product or have questions about this technique, feel free to contact her at


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