Halloween Witch Plate

Designer: Marcia Roullard



  1. Begin with properly fired shelf cone 04 Bisque. Moisten a clean sponge and wipe bisque to remove any dust.
  2. Using the Soft Fan, apply three coats of FN-009 Black to the front and back of the plate. Allow the shine to go away before applying the next coat of glaze.
  3. While the glaze is drying cut out a circle with a circumference of 8 inches; you will need both the positive and negative space of the circle shape.
  4. Place the positive circle shape (solid)  in the center of the plate. This acts as a masking tool to prevent glaze from being applied to this area.
  5. Use a sponge to apply 2-3 coats of SC-76 Cara-bein Blue in random directions on the exposed section of the plate. When the shine is off the SC-76 Cara-bein Blue tap two coats of SC-31 The Blues near the edge of the paper and fade with more of the SC-76 Cara-bein Blue. Tip: Don’t clean the sponge between the colors to help with blending. Remove the paper.
  6. Place the negative paper (open hole) circle over the sponged area of the plate.
  7. Use a sponge to sponge to apply and blend SC-74 Hot Tamale, SC-75 Orange-A-Peel and SC-97 Cant-elope. Begin with SC-74 Hot Tamale at the top of the plate.  Apply in an uneven line.  Overlap/blend SC-75 Orange-A-Peel over the lower part of the SC-74 Hot Tamale so it changes color slowly. The last color is SC-97 Cant-elope, sponge from the outside edge into the pate overlapping Orange-A-Peel. Sponge 2-3 coats of each color.
  8. Sgraffito the Image: Sgraffito is a form of decoration made by scratching through the surface to reveal a lower layer of a contrasting color. The sgraffito work must be done while the glaze is damp. One way is to cut out the pattern and lightly trace around the outside edge. The other way is to lay the pattern on the damp glaze and with a pen trace around it will dent the glaze and sometimes remove the top layer, which is what we will do anyway.
  9. Sgraffito/scratch out most of the sponged on the color of the witch and the broomstick. Mayco recommends  Xiem tools. The curved end of a cleaning tool works well also or a bamboo skewer is another choice.  Scratch out the color in the direction of the shape, leave enough of the color to give it shape. Take care not to scratch down the to the bisque. You want to scratch off the surface color to reveal the black glaze.
  10. Dip into NT-CLR Clear Dipping Glaze.
  11. Stilt and fire to cone 05/06.



  • MB-1116 Casualware Dinner Plate


  • FN-009 Black
  • SC-31 The Blues
  • SC-74 Hot Tamale
  • SC-75 Orange-A-Peel
  • SC-76 Cara-Bein Blue
  • SC-97 Cant-elope
  • NT-CLR Clear Dipping Glaze

Decorating Accessories

  • CB-604 #4 Soft Fan
  • CB-106 #6 Script Liner

Miscellaneous Accessories

  • Sponge
  • Xiem Sgraffito Tool
  • Pattern: Download