Canvas Pouring

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. Using the tape, build a wall around the canvas to trap the paints from pouring off the side.
  3. Fill pouring cup with SC-15 Tuxedo, SC-16 Cotton Tail, SC-11 Blue Yoder, SC-26 Green Thumb, and SC-6 Sunkissed.
  4. Begin pouring the glazes over the canvas and move the pouring cup around to fill the canvas.
  5. Using the mister bottle, mist the areas that are empty of glazes then tilt to fill all the way to the edge of the canvas.
  6. Remove one side of tape and mist the edge to help the glaze fall as you tilt to cover the edge with glaze. You can use a Xiem brush to help full in the edges. Continue with the same technique on the other edges pulling the tape off one edge at a time.
  7. 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-15 Tuxedo
  • SC-16 Cotton Tail
  • SC-11 Blue Yoder
  • SC-26 Green Thumb
  • SC-6 Sunkissed

Decorating Accessories

  • Pouring cup
  • Xiem Tools .5” Brush Cut Tool

Miscellaneous Supplies

  • Tape
  • Optional: stand to place canvas flat on
  • Mister bottle