Handbuilt Sea Life Planter – Octopus

Designer: Carmen Allen




  1. Begin with about a 1# ball of clay and pinch out into a long bulb. Try and bring it back in toward the top.
  2. Roll out and attach coils to extend the bulb and finish the octopus’ body.
  3. Attach small balls for the eyes and add a coil to create a brow or socket for the eye to sit in.
  4. Cut a hole in the top for hanging.
  5. Let dry completely and bisque fire.


  1. Apply 2 coats of EL-107 Amber Ash to the inside and outside.
  2. Apply 2 coats of EL-133 Autumn.
  3. Wipe away any glaze on the eyes and apply 2 coats of SC-15 Tuxedo and 1 dot of SC-16 Cotton Tail as a highlight.
  4. Use a pipe cleaner to clean any glaze out of the hole in the top.
  5. Let dry completely.
  6. Stilt and fire to shelf cone 06.



  •  Earthenware white clay


  • EL-107 Amber Ash
  • EL-133 Autumn
  • SC-15 Tuxedo
  • SC-16 Cotton Tail

Decorating Accessories

  • CB-604 #4 Soft fan

Miscellaneous Accessories

  • Pipe cleaner