Graffiti Tile Underglaze

Designer: Kaitlyn Miller



  1. Roll out a ¼” thick slab.
  2. Cut slab into a 5” x 7” rectangle and compress both sides with rib.
  3. Sketch out shape that script will go inside and cut stencil out of cardboard.
  4. Sketch script to go inside the shape on paper and set aside.
  5. Place cardboard stencil on slab and place texture mat overtop.
  6. Firmly press texture mat into clay being careful not to move it.
  7. Pull mat away slowly revealing texture and remove stencil.
  8. Using a straw, punch a hole for the tile to hang from.
  9. Thin a small amount of black underglaze with water to create a wash. Paint wash onto textured surface.
  10. Using a dry sponge remove glaze access glaze from the relief leaving glaze only in the indentations.
  11. Cut paper with your script sketch to fit inside logo area.
  12. Place on clay, trace script with pencil and peel away revealing indentation.
  13. Using detail liner brush and white underglaze, trace outline of design.
  14. Using detail liner brush and red underglaze, fill in script lettering. Apply a second coat once the first is fully dry.
  15. Using detail liner brush and blue underglaze, fill in logo shape around the words leaving some room around the edges. Apply a second coat once the first is fully dry.
  16. While the blue underglaze is still wet, apply yellow underglaze to the edges of your logo, allowing the colors to blend. Apply a second coat to just the edges once first coat is completely dry.
  17. Using detail liner brush, apply a second coat of white underglaze to the outline.
  18. Apply black underglaze wash around the outside of logo to create depth.
  19. Using a sgraffito tool once black wash dry, scrape away access wash to create highlights on the textured surface.
  20. Allow to dry completely.
  21. Bisque fire to Cone 04.
  22. Option to glaze with clear coat and glaze fire to Cone 06.



  • Low-fire red clay (Laguna EM106)


  • UG-97 Bright Blue
  • UG-206 Fire Engine Red
  • UG-50 Jet Black
  • UG-46 Bright Yellow
  • UG-51 China White


  • MT-003 Brick Mat
  • Cardboard paper
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Sponge
  • Fettling knife
  • Rib
  • Straw
  • Sgraffito tool