Canvas Pouring with Sculpting Medium

Designer: Dawn Blattel



Check out the video at the bottom of this page to learn how to create this project!

  1. Begin with properly fired bisque. Use a damp sponge to remove any dust.
  2. Tape off an “X” shape on the canvas then add sculpting medium to the un-taped triangle areas. Let the Sculpting Medium dry.
  3. Using the tape, create a wall to stop the glaze from falling off the side.
  4. Spray surface to dampen with the mister bottle.
  5. Fill pouring cup with SC-85 Orkid, SC-1 Pink-A-Boo, SX-18 Rosey Posey, SC-13 Grapel, and SC-33 Fruit of the Vine.
  6. Begin with a straight pour (pouring onto the middle of the canvas).
  7. Optional: Move the glaze through the “X” shape without the Sculpting Medium
  8. Mist glaze with mister bottle for an easier spread.
  9. Pour left over layered glaze to the Sculpting Medium areas.
  10. Tilt canvas to spread glaze across surface.
  11. Mist the edges while tape is still intact. Begin removing one side of tape at a time and mist along the edge to help glaze fall easily.
  12. Fire to cone 05.



  • You can use Stroke & Coat or Foundations
    • You have to thin Stroke & Coat by 15% (15 mL – 100 mL)
    • Foundations is already thin enough to produce nearly identically results
  • Can use small plastic cups and layer glaze inside the cup instead of using pre-made pouring cups
  • If you are using hand built pieces, you will need to leave space for gases to escape
  • You can glaze the piece before you pour so there is glaze already there incase you miss a spot
  • Higher firing temperatures tend to burn out the colors
  • Spraying the sides while the tape is still intact helps with flowing glaze over the side
  • The longer you stay in one area pouring glaze the finer the lines you’ll get
  • If you have small empty gaps you can mist them or use a brush and dab the glaze to fill the spot
  • This technique can be done on greenware to shorten the firing process
  • Choosing monochromatic, analogous or other compatible color combinations will keep from creating muddy neutrals in your pour
  • It takes just under 4 ounces of glaze to cover an 8″x10” clay canvas (use this when deciding how much glaze you will need)
  • Do not force dry. It will cause cracks
  • You can twice fire pieces to correct issues if necessary

Learn more about this technique here!



  • MB-1352 Square Clay Canvas


  • SC-85 Orkid
  • SC-1 Pink-A-Boo
  • SC-18 Rosey Posey
  • SC-13 Grapel
  • SC-33 Fruit of the Vine

Decorating Accessories

  • Xiem Tools .5” Brush Cut Tool
  • SG-501 Sculpting Medium
  • Pouring cup

Miscellaneous Supplies

  • Sponge
  • Tape
  • Optional: stand to lay the canvas flat
  • Mister bottle
  • Water