Flowery Turtle Planter

Designer: William Pulse



  1. Begin with properly fired shelf cone 04 bisque.  Moisten a clean sponge and wipe bisque to remove any dust.
  2. Apply dots of UG-22 Spring Green using the handle end of a brush.   The dots are applied to the cheeks, head, throat/neck and knees.  Keep the placement of the dots in a random but tight area to create a texture for the Element Glaze to “ break” over.  Allow to dry.
  3. Place some EL-125 Sahara Sand into a small cup and add a little bit of water to slightly dilute it (about 3 parts glaze and 1 part water).  It should be the consistency of a coffee cream.  Pour this into the planter and roll around to completely coat the interior of the planter.  Drain out the excess glaze and keep planter inverted until it has lost its shine. Wipe off any glaze from the outside using a damp sponge. Allow to dry
  4. Shake and stir AS-513 Golden Sand, using a CB-604 Soft Fan, apply 3 coats to the shell portion of the piece. Watch the disbursement of the crystals while applying each coat. Brush out any clusters of crystals with the brush to achieve a uniform texture.
  5. Use a dry AC-213 Sponge on a stick to apply SC-34 Down to Earth to ST-366 Fruit Blossom Stamp. While working quickly, apply the stamp onto the turtle shell portion of the piece, press firmly to make sure contact of the stamp to the ware due to the curvature and texture. Lift off the stamp and repeat this step until completion of the overall pattern onto the shell.
  6. If there are any missing or skipped areas to the pattern on the shell use a CB-110 #10/0 Liner and apply 1 coat of SC-34 Down to Earth completing the design.
  7. Using a CB-404 #4 Pointed Round, apply 1 heavy coat of SC-79 It’s Sage to the leaves in a “Pressure Point” stroke.
  8. Using a CB-404 #4 Pointed Round, apply 2 coats of SC-53 Purple Haze to the petals of the flowers in a “Print” stroke.
  9. Using a CB-404 #4 Pointed Round, apply 1 coat of SC-24 Dandelion to the centers of the flowers in a “Print” stroke.
  10. Using a CB-220 #2 Detail Liner, paint in the iris of the eye with SC-28 Blue Isle. Paint in the pupil with SC-15 Tuxedo. Allow to dry.   Apply 1-2 coats of S-2101 Crystal Clear Brushing over the eye (pupil, iris and white of eye.)  Keep the glaze slightly away from the edge of the eye.
  11. Using a CB-604 #4 Soft Fan, apply 2-3 coats of EL-131 Turtle Shell over the body (head, legs and tummy of the turtle excluding the eyes. Do not apply the glaze to the shell.
  12. Stilt and fire the piece to shelf cone-06/05.



  • MB-1364 Turtle Planter


  • SC-15 Tuxedo
  • SC-24 Dandelion
  • SC-28 Blue Isle
  • SC-34 Down To Earth
  • SC-53 Purple Haze
  • SC-79 It’s Sage
  • AS-513 Golden Sand
  • S-2101 Crystal Clear Brushing
  • UG-22 Spring Green
  • EL-125 Sahara Sand
  • SC-131 Turtle Shell

Decorating Accessories

  • CB-110 #10/0 Mini Liner
  • CB-220 #2 Detail Liner
  • CB-404 #4 Pointed Round
  • CB-604 #4 Soft Fan
  • BT-910 Synthetic Sponge
  • AC-213 Sponge on a Stick
  • ST-366 Fruit Blossoms Stamp

Miscellaneous Accessories

  • Pencil
  • Small Cup