Contemporary Stoneware Teapot

Designer: William Pulse



  1. Begin with properly fired shelf cone 04 bisque. Moisten a clean sponge and wipe bisque to remove any dust. Check the inside for any debris as well.
  2. Cut out the parts of the pattern. They are labeled right and left and keep separate. Transfer the parts of the pattern using a pencil and AC-230 Clay Carbon with the aid of the Blue Masking Tape. Space the parts of the pattern to where they are pleasing and do not have any major voids between the shapes. Note on the pattern that the handle and spout are noted for your placement of the design.
  3. Condition CB-110 Liner with AC-525 Brush Cleaner. Place some AC-302 Wax Resist on the foil. Use CB-110 Liner loaded with Wax to outline the design. Be careful not to overpaint the pattern or drop any errant wax onto the background areas of the pattern. A drop of a color of food coloring mixed into the wax may aid in seeing where you have painted the wax. Load the brush fully with the wax while painting, since only one coat of wax is necessary for coverage and it is futile to apply more than one coat once the first application of wax has been made. Check to make sure all lines touch another line. There should be no skips in the waxed line. Wash the brush immediately after use with warm water and Brush Cleaner. Dispose of the wax in the trash.
    Starting with the big flowers in the pattern by loading CB-404 Pointed Round with water and tip the end of the brush with UG-72 Wedgewood Blue to shade the “scallop” petals on both flowers. Reload the brush in the same manner with UG-97 Bright Blue to darken the petals towards the center of each petal. Repeat the darkening of the shading in the same manner now with UG-1 Kings Blue. Keep the Kings Blue to a minimum but strongest near the calyx of the flower. To the lid apply the three blues in the same manner over the design. The Wedgewood Blue is applied first over the scallop filigree, then darkened with the Bright Blue. The bottom edge and top knob portions of the lid are done in Kings Blue.
  4. Using SG-402 White Designer Liner to add dots of white to the base of the petals.
  5. Apply the following Fundamental Underglazes to the noted areas of the pattern. Use a brush sized for the areas being painted at any given time with 3 coats of color. Use the wax to your advantage when painting the colors in. Try not to over paint any lined area when possible. UG-68 Apple Green to the leaves and stems excluding the inner portion of the leaf. UG-204 Orange to bottom and top beaded trim and to the handle. UG-217 Red Coral to the “bell” shaped flowers. UG-218 Pear Green to the calyx on the large flowers. UG-219 Marine Blue to the background around all of the flowers, leaves, and stems. UG-220 Sage to the inner portion of each leaf.
  6. Fire the piece to Shelf Cone 04-05 to set the colors and burn off the wax from the design. Note that the kiln needs extra venting in the early stages of the firing to vent off the burning wax fumes.
  7. Thin some SW-001 Stoneware Clear with water in a Plastic Mixing Cup to a flowing consistency. While working quickly, pour the thinned stoneware clear glaze into the teapot. Rotate the glaze to cover the inside of the teapot.
  8. Pour out excess glaze through the spout for adequate coverage and invert to dry.
  9. Glaze the outside of the teapot with 2-3 coats of SW-001 Stoneware Clear using CB-604 Soft Fan. Do not apply glaze to the foot of the teapot.
  10. Use a moistened sponge to check and remove any glaze on the bottom foot of the teapot prior to firing.
  11. Place the teapot and lid separately onto a kiln shelf. Do not stilt. Do not have it overhanging any shelf edge. Fire to Shelf Cone 5-6



  • SB-127 Stoneware Teapot Bisque or CD127+ Teapot Mold


  • UG-1 Kings Blue
  • UG-68 Apple Green
  • UG-72 Wedgewood Blue
  • UG-97 Bright Blue
  • UG-204 Orange
  • UG-217 Red Coral
  • UG-218 Pear Green
  • UG-219 Marine Blue
  • UG-220 Sage
  • SG-402 White Designer Liner

Decorating Accessories

  • SW-001 Stoneware Clear
  • AC-230 Clay Carbon
  • AC-302 Wax Resist.
  • AC-525 Brush Cleaner
  • CB-110 #10/0 Liner
  • CB-106 #6 Script Liner
  • CB-404 Pointed Round
  • CB-408 Pointed Round
  • CB-604 #4 Soft Fan

Miscellaneous Accessories

  • Pencil
  • BT-910 Synthetic Sponge
  • Scissors
  • Blue Masking Tape
  • Plastic Mixing Cup
  • Piece of Aluminum Foil
  • Food Coloring (optional)
  • Pattern: Download