Element Mugs

Designer: Marcia Roullard



  1. Begin with properly fired shelf cone 04 bisque. Moisten a clean sponge and wipe bisque to remove any dust.

Mug #1 Ridged Mug

  1. Using the BR-144 #4 Soft Fan Brush apply three coats of EL-146 Rain Cloud to the inside and outside rim of the mug in a circular motion (going around the mug, not up and down)  The outside band width of glaze is about 1 1/4″ or the width of the Soft Fan brush.
  2. Key:  To give the glaze a stoneware look with ridges, load the brush and press on side of the brush apply a heavy coat of glaze.  Almost holding the brush sideways to apply heavy on one side and lighter on the other.  Using the application apply three heavy coats of EL-144 Dark Amethyst to the outside of the mug.  Again applying the glaze in a circular motion.  Make sure and overlap the band of EL-146 Rain Cloud so the colors blend seamlessly.
  3. Allow to dry.
  4. Stilt and fire cone 05/06.

Mug #2 Stamped Mug

  1. Using the RB-144 #4 Soft Fan Brush apply three coats of EL-147 Creek Bed in a circular motion to the inside of the mug and the outside rim.  For the outside rim apply the glaze the width of the Soft Fan Brush.
  2. Apply the same color to the handle of the mug – three coats.
  3. Outside of the mug:  Use the soft fan brush to apply in a circular motion two coats of EL-145 Ginger Root.  Make sure to overlap and blend the EL-145 Ginger Root into the EL-147 Creek Bed.
  4. Application of wood grain stamp:  If a new stamp clean off to remove the sizing residue.  Lay flat on the table to apply color.  Pour about the size of a quarter of SG401 Designer Liner Black onto a palette.  Blot the sponge-on-a stick into the glaze and then off to the size blot the sponge again to remove excess glaze.
  5. In a light, up and down pouncing motion apply the SG-401 Designer Liner Black to the ST-133 Woodgrain Stamp.  Keep the glaze on the high part of the stamp to ensure a clean transferred image.
  6. Press the glazed up stamp onto the mug.  Due to the flexibility of the stamp it will wrap around the mug.  Press gently, do not stretch or slide and then remove the stamp.
  7. Note:  SG-401 Designer Liner is used instead of SC-15 Tuxedo because Designer Liner is pure pigment and will keep its true color.  Typically Stroke & Coat™ changes color when used with an Element.  In this case SC-15 Tuxedo would become brown.
  8. Allow to dry.
  9. Stilt and fire to cone 05/06

Mug #3 Textile Mug

  1. Using the RB-144 #4 Soft Fan Brush apply in a circular motion three coats of either EL-147 Creek Bed or EL-144 Dark Amethyst inside of the mug and one brush width to the upper rim of the mug.
  2. Using the same brush, apply two coats of El-146 Rain Cloud to the bottom section on the outside of the mug.
  3. Be sure to overlap the top rim color about 1/2″ so the colors blend.
  4. Measure the circumference of the mug with the burlap trim and cut to fit.
  5. Place the burlap into water to wet and wring out the excess water.
  6. While the second coat of glaze is still wet, press the burlap trim around the lower section of the mug.
  7. Using the Soft Fan, apply one coat of EL-146 Rain Cloud over the burlap trim to seal down the trim and prevent the next color from seeping under.
  8. Use a paper towel onto the burlap trim to press into the glaze and to remove excess moisture. Allow the shine to go away before applying the next glaze.
  9. Using the Soft Fan, apply one coat of SG-201 Black Cobblestone over the burlap trim only. The glaze will go through the open spaces to create a design.
  10. Let the glaze set up a bit then remove the burlap. Wash and reuse or toss.
  11. Allow to dry.  For best result put in the kiln and let dry.  That way the SG-201 Cobblestone is not knocked off.
  12. Stilt and fire cone 05/06.



  • MB-113 12 oz. Mug (3)


Mug #1 – Ridged Mug

  • El-144 Dark Amethyst
  • EL-146 Rain Cloud

Mug #2 – Stamped Mug

  • EL-145 Ginger Root
  • EL-147 Creek Bed
  • SG-402 Black Designer Liner

Mug #3 – Textile Mug

  • EL-144 Dark Amethyst
  • EL-146 Rain Cloud
  • EL-147 Creek Bed
  • SG-201 Black Cobblestone

Decorating Accessories

  • RB-144 #4 Soft Fan
  • ST-133 Woodgrain Stamp

Miscellaneous Accessories

  • Burlap Trim or Lace
  • Scissors
  • Sponge-on-a-Stick
  • Palette