Handbuilt Sea Life Planter – Nautilus

Designer: Carmen Allen




  1. Roll out a slab that is about ¼” – 1/2” thick and apply ST-128 Zebra Stamp.
  2. Cut out 2 circles and slump over a bowl so that the texture is on the outside of the domes.
  3. Once they have set up for about 20 min and a bit more stable. Take each half of the dome and press together. Slip and score to attach.
  4. Cut out about ¼ of the dome. Keep the edge curved.
  5. Attach a triangle to the top of the opening as the hood.
  6. Roll out some spheres and attach the eyes.
  7. Cut a hole in the top for hanging.
  8. Let dry completely and bisque fire.


  1. Apply 2 coats of EL-122 Malachite to the inside, hood, and the bottom crest (up about 1”).
  2. Apply 2 coats of EL-123 Patina to the rest of the body. Overlapping a bit with the malachite that is on the bottom crest.
  3. Wipe any glaze off of the eyes and apply 2 coats of SC-16 Cotton Tail. Add SC-15 Tuxedo as the pupil.
  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-122 Malachite
  • EL-123 Patina
  • SC-16 Cotton Tail
  • SC-15 Tuxedo

Decorating Accessories

  • ST-128 Zebra Stamp

Miscellaneous Accessories

  • Pipe cleaner