Ikat Plates

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 Brush, apply two coats of FN-001 White to the front of the rectangle tray. 
  3. Cut out the pattern
  4. Place pattern on the bisque and trace the shape.Leave the pattern on the bisque.The pattern will act as a masking tool so you can stamp the background and not get the color on the design.
  5. On a palette, squeeze out a quarter-sized amount of the following colors:  SC-75 Orange-A-Peel, SC-76 Cara-Bein Blue, SC-97 Cant-elope.
  6. Using the 1 1/2” sponge-on-a-stick apply the color to the MT-012E Ikat Mat.  Use a light up and down pouncing motion to keep the glaze on the raised part of the mat. 
  7. Tip:  All of the colors will overlap on the edges. It will look like one continuous pattern with no gaps in color. 
  8. Work quickly so the glaze doesn’t dry. The mat has 3 sections that look likes eyes – start with these sections.  Start with SC-97 Cant-elope. Do not clean the sponge. Pick up SC-75 Orange-A-Peeland sponge on the sides of the SC-97 Cant-elope. With a different sponge-on-a-stick pick up SC-76 Cara-Bein Blue and overlap over the SC-75 Orange-A-Peel.Repeat until the entire mat is covered with glaze.
  9. Tip:  The mat is not as long as the bisque, so lay it down horizontally or left to right. It will take two applications to cover the tray.Lay the glazed mat on the bisque and over the paper pattern.Make sure and press the mat into the corners so the design is complete. 
  10. Tip:  Hold the mat in place but lift up the edges to make sure contact was made and the glaze was transferred. 
  11. Re-apply the glaze in the same pattern.Line up the pattern, there may be some overlap, but with this pattern it looks good.  Lay down the mat, press and remove.
  12. Remove the paper pattern.
  13. Cat:  Use the negative space from the cut out to paint the moon.Using the sponge-on-a-stick apply 2 coats of SC-6 Sunkissed to the moon.Don’t clean the sponge then pick up SC-75 Orange-A-Peel and apply to the outer portion of the moon. 
  14. Using the Script Liner, apply 1 heavy coat of SC-15 Tuxedo to the pattern area.The entire design should be black. This process is fairly quick as you want to work while the SC-15 Tuxedo is still damp.If the glaze dries apply more SC-15 Tuxedo to rehydrate.  Or, instead of painting the entire animal black work in sections so the glaze doesn’t dry.
  15. The next step will use the sgraffito technique.Sgraffito is the process of scratching off color to reveal the base color.
  16. Use the bamboo skewer to scratch or scrape off the white lines shown in the pattern. Do not scratch down to the bisque, just enough to reveal the white base coat. Tip:  Wipe off the skewer often to remove the glaze from the point.
  17. Note:  If there are glaze burrs, let it dry and gently wipe them off when dry.
  18. Using the CB-604 #4 Soft Fan Brush apply 3 coats of SP-277 Specked Glo Worm on the back of the tray.
  19. Let dry then apply clear glazem- either NT-CLR or NTBR brush on glaze.
  20. Stilt and fire to shelf cone 06/05.



  • MB-882 Rectangle Tray Mold or CD-882 Rectangle Tray Mold


  • FN-001 White
  • SC-6 Sunkissed
  • SC-15 Tuxedo
  • SC-75 Orange-A-Peel
  • SC-76 Cara-Bein Blue
  • SC-97 Cant-elope
  • SP-277 Speckled Glo Worm

Decorating Accessories

  • MT-012 Ikat Mat
  • CB-110 #10/0 Liner
  • CB-106 Script Liner
  • CB-604 #4 Soft Fan
  • Sponge-on-a-Stick 1 1/2″

Miscellaneous Accessories

  • Bamboo Skewer
  • Scissors
  • Pencil or Water-based Marker
  • Pattern: Download