Kingfisher Bird Vase

Designer: William Pulse



  1. Clean the greenware vase using the Clean-up Tool to remove the seams. Use the Green Grit Cloth to sand any imperfections from the ware, then use a moistened BT-910 Sponge to remove any dust from the ware. Check the inside of the vase for any debris.
  2. In a 4 oz. Plastic jar mix 4 Tablespoons of UG-58 Harvest Gold with 4 Tablespoons of C-300 Matte Transparent. 50;50 ratio. Do not use more than 50 percent Matte Glaze in the formula. Stir and then shake the color well to make sure the colors are blended well.
  3. Apply 1 even smooth coat of the mixture to the entire outside of the vase using CB-604 Soft Fan. Lightly moisten BT-910 Sponge with water and squeeze out any excess water from the sponge in a paper towel. Pour out some of the mixture onto a tile. Dip the sponge into the color and pounce on 3 even coats to the entire outside of the vase allowing drying time between coats. Keep the color even and producing a fine pebble texture to the surface of the ware when applying the color with the sponge. Let Dry.
  4. Transfer the basic outline of the pattern to the ware. No fine detail is needed at this time.
  5. Place some of all the colors out onto a Tile or Pallet noting the color numbers. Using the pattern as your guide, apply 3 even coats of the noted Foundation Underglazes to the appropriate areas using CB-404 Pointed Round.
  6. Apply 2 coats of UG-220 Sage to the stalk and stems of the bamboo using CB-404 Pointed Round and CB-110 Liner. To each half of the leaves of the bamboo, apply 1 heavy coat of UG-218 Pear Green using CB-110 Liner in a “pressure point” stroke. The color should shade itself as you apply the color by forming a ridge of color along the edge of the leaf while forming the center vein of the leaf. To the leaves in shadow apply UG-220 Sage in the same manner. Moisten CB-404 Pointed Round with water and tip the brush in UG-219 Marine Blue and shade the base of each leaf with color. Color should be darkest next to the stem and fade out down the leaves. Shade the lower half portion of the stalk with UG-219 Marine Blue as well.
  7. Detail the stalk of bamboo with UG-57 Spice Brown along the bottom edge and joints of the stalk to darken using CB-110 Liner. Continue to detail the fine lines in the bamboo with UG-22 Spring Green.
  8. Paint in the iris of the eye with UG-31 Chocolate using CB-220 Detail Liner. Place some SG-408 Orange onto the tile and shade the iris. Paint in the pupil with UG-50 Jet Black. Highlight the pupil with a dot of SG-402 White.
  9. Shade the beak with thinned UG-213 Cinnamon using CB-220 Detail Liner. Darken and shade the beak edges with UG-50 Jet Black. Paint in the separation of the beak with Jet Black.
  10. Starting with the head area by shading with UG-50 Jet Black from the beak and tapering off as you go back towards the neck area using CB-404 Pointed Round. The black is heaviest towards the front of the head and fading out towards the neck. Shade along the lower edge of the head (crown) with black over the eye and white marking in the neck.
  11. Shade around the eye with UG-50 Jet Black over the Cinnamon areas to blend the color change.
  12. Shade the White area on the neck with some thinned UG-72 Wedgewood Blue and thinned (dirty water thin) UG-50 Jet Black.
  13. The throat area (UG-72 section) of blue is shaded with some thinned UG-1 Kings Blue.
  14. The wing area (“A” section) and Kings Blue area below the white neck and eye section up to the beak is shaded with UG-50 Jet Black. The black color is darkest around the upper edges and towards the bottom of this section. Streak in some thinned black striations to give the appearance of feathers keeping the contour of the wing
  15. The front upper part of the wing (“B” section) is shaded along the top edge down the front part of the wing and down along the bottom edge of the wing. The upper ridge area of the wing is detailed with fine lines streaked in with SG-410 Bright Blue for a highlight. Refer to the detail portion of the pattern on the wing.
  16. The lower wing section below the “A and B” is shaded with UG-50 Jet Black as well. Shade the individual feathers in the lower wing. Detail the separations in the feathers with thinned Jet Black using CB-110 Liner.
  17. The breast and lower abdomen area of the bird (UG-213) shaded with UG-31 Chocolate and then darkened with UG-50 Jet black. Keep the color darkest along the front edge of the breast. Shade the different areas in the abdomen creating separate areas. Add some thinned SG-408 Orange to the area up around the neck and lower abdomen for highlights.
  18. Shade the back (UG-19) area with UG-97 Bright Blue along the back edge and around the tail feathers. Darken the shading with UG-1 Kings Blue and some thinned UG-50 Jet Black. Paint in the detail on the tail feathers with thinned UG-50 Jet Black using CB-110 Liner.
  19. The detail in the back (UG-19 section) is done with SG-402 White. Keep the lines as fine as possible using the pattern as a guide as to how the detailing is done. Shade over these feather shapes with some thinned UG-97 Bright Blue to give depth to the feather sections.
  20. The spot details in the head, throat and wing are done in the same manner. Use SG-410 Bright blue to create the irregular shaped spots that trail to finer and finer spots. Highlight each of the spots with a fine dot of SG-402 White.
  21. The foot is detailed with thinned UG-50 Jet Black using CB-110 Liner. Highlight the tops of the sections in the foot with some thinned SG-408 Orange.
  22. Stilt and fire the piece to Shelf Cone 04.
  23. Check for any debris in the vase and remove. Tape off around the neck and lip area on the yellow part of the vase with Blue Masking Tape. This is done to avoid staining the underglaze areas when pouring the glaze to the interior of the vase. In a Plastic Cup mix some water into FN-08 Blue to thin to a melted ice cream consistency. Pour the thinned glaze into the vase. While working quickly, rotate the vase to cover the inside of the vase. Pour out the excess glaze and invert to drain and dry. When the glaze has dried some, remove the tape and wipe off any excess glaze off the yellow background areas. The blue glaze can stain the yellow background easily.
  24. Apply 1 coat of S-2101 Crystal Clear Brushing to the entire eye only using CB-220 Detail Liner. Do not over paint onto the bird feathers.
  25. Stilt and Fire to Shelf Cone 05-06.



  • CD-1303 Envelope Vase


  • UG-1 Kings Blue
  • UG-19 Electra Blue
  • UG-22 Spring Green
  • UG-31 Chocolate
  • UG-50 Jet Black
  • UG-51 China White
  • UG-57 Spice Brown
  • UG-58 Harvest Gold
  • UG-72 Wedgewood Blue
  • UG-97 Bright Blue
  • UG-213 Cinnamon
  • UG-218 Pear Green
  • UG-219 Marine Blue
  • UG-220 Sage
  • SG-402 White
  • SG-408 Orange
  • SG-410 Bright Blue
  • FN-06 Blue
  • S-2101 Crystal Clear Brushing
  • C-300 Matte Transparent

Decorating Accessories

  • CB-604 #4 Soft Fan
  • CB-110 #10/0 Mini Liner
  • CB-220 Detail Liner
  • CB-404 Pointed Round
  • AC-310 Clay Carbon
  • BC-910 Sponge

Miscellaneous Accessories

  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Tile or Pallet
  • 4 oz. Plastic Bottle with Lid
  • Plastic Cup
  • Clean-Up Tool
  • Green Grit Cloth
  • 1″ Blue Masking Tape
  • Measuring Spoons
  • Pattern: Download