Canvas Pouring with Wax Resist

Designer: Dawn Blattel



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

  1. Begin with a properly fired bisque. Use a damp sponge to remove any dust.
  2. Fill pouring cup with SC-74 Hot Tamale, SC-75 Orange-A-Peel, SC-6 Sunkissed, SC-26 Green Thumb, SC-76 Cara-Bein Blue, and SC-13 Grapel.
  3. Use the pour and tilt technique to cover the surface of the canvas with glaze. Let glaze dry.
  4. Once the glaze is dry, apply AC-302 Wax Resist to the canvas in a unique design. Do NOT mist once wax resist has been applied.
  5. Retape the sides.
  6. Fill new pouring cup with SC-15 Tuxedo and SC-16 Cotton Tail.
  7. Pour glaze around the Wax Resist traveling the glaze while you pour.
  8. Mist the tape while it’s still intact to the sides then remove it to let the glaze drip down.
  9. 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-74 Hot Tamale
  • SC-75 Orange-A-Peel
  • SC-6 Sunkissed
  • SC-26 Green Thumb
  • SC-76 Cara-bein Blue
  • SC-13 Grapel
  • SC-16 Cotton Tail
  • SC-15 Tuxedo

Decorating Accessories

  • AC-302 Wax Resist
  • Xiem Tools .5” Brush Cut Tool

Miscellaneous Supplies

  • Tape
  • Mister bottle
  • Water
  • Optional: stand for laying the canvas flat
  • Sponge