Crusty Pumpkin

Designer: William Pulse



  1. Wipe down the bisque with a damp sponge to remove any dust or debris.
  2. Place several pieces of 1” Blue Masking Tape over the cut-out portions on the pumpkin. Secure the edges around the cut-outs well.
  3. In a Plastic Cup mix FN-040 Pumpkin with water to a melted ice cream consistency. Pour the mixture into the pumpkin. While working quickly, rotate the piece to cover the inside with glaze. Pour out excess color to drain. When the color has dried, remove the tape off the cut-out area. Use a damp sponge to remove any glaze that may have seeped out. Let dry.
  4. Apply 3 coats of EL-143 Cactus Flower to the outside of the pumpkin using CB-604 Soft Fan. Apply 3 coats of EL-142 Grass to the stem of the pumpkin using CB-406 Pointed Round.
  5. Place pumpkin on Lazy Susan or Banding Wheel for ease of applying glaze. Apply 1 flowing coat of SG-202 White Cobblestone to the outside of the pumpkin using CB-604 Soft Fan in vertical strokes. After the first coat has dried to a dull finish but still damp, apply the second coat in the same manner. Repeat this for the third coat. Don’t let the piece completely dry before going onto the next step.
  6. On a tile, thin some EL-122 Malachite to a non-fat milk consistency. Dribble the thinned color over the outside of the pumpkin. The glaze should have varying shades of the glaze due to overlapping of the color. Little or no bare cobblestone should be showing when done. Repeat this with some thicker glaze at various places on the pumpkin letting it trail/run down the sides.
  7. Optional Step: If transporting the piece for firing, a coat of AC-302 Wax Resist can be beneficial. This will keep the Cobblestone from flaking off during transport.
  8. Stilt and Fire the piece to Shelf Cone 05-06.



  • CD-524 Small Pumpkin, bisque with cut out face


  • EL-122 Malachite
  • EL-142 Grass
  • EL-143 Cactus Flower
  • EL FN-040 Pumpkin
  • SG-202 White Cobblestone

Decorating Accessories

  • CB-406 Pointed Round
  • CB-604 Soft Fan

Miscellaneous Accessories

  • Sponge
  • 1” Blue Masking Tape
  • Lazy Susan or Banding Wheel
  • Plastic Cup
  • Tile or Pallet
  • AC-302 Wax Resist (optional)