Abstract Bubble Tumblers

Designer: Kaitlyn Gilham




  1. Start with a hand thrown cylinder
  2. Using the back of your needle tool or a pencil, draw lines into the sides of your tumbler (optional)
  3. Allow to dry fully
  4. Bisque fire to Cone 04


  1. Wipe Bisque tile clean with a damp sponge removing any dust
  2. In a small cup mix 1 teaspoon of your chosen underglaze and 2 drops of liquid soap into 2 teaspoons of water. Mix thoroughly
  3. Tilt cup slightly and use a straw to blow gently into the mixture until bubbles overflow
  4. Use the straw to pull the bubbles from the cup onto the tile and let them pop on their own. Do not touch the bubbles or let them slide around once on the tile for best results
  5. Allow bubble background to dry completely
  6. Option to add jet black accents to texture by applying jet black with a detail brush
  7. Once underglaze is dry, fully dip in clear glaze
  8. Glaze fire to Cone 06 on stilts



  • Wheel thrown tumbler – 1 ½ to 2 pounds of low-fire white clay per piece (Laguna’s EM-210)


  • UG-1 Kings Blue
  • UG- 21Leaf Green
  • UG-51 China White
  • S-2000 Clear Glaze

Decorating Accessories

  • Soft bristle brushes
  • Detail brush

Miscellaneous Accessories

  • Sponge
  • Water
  • Needle tool 
  • Dish Soap
  • Small cup (or cups)
  • Straw(s)