Large Gourd Birdhouse or Bisque

Designer: Marcia Roullard



  1. In wet greenware, cut out the bird hole and the perch hole.
  2. When dry, fire to cone 04.
  3. In an uneven line, brush one two coats of EL-204 Glowing Embers to the top section of the gourd with CB-604 Soft Fan, make sure to use the crystals from the bottom of the jar. 3-4 inches from the stem.
  4. Brush the remainder of the gourd with two coats of either  same as step 3. Overlap EL-209 Night Sky or EL-211 Volcanic Glow onto the EL-Glowing Embers about 1/2 inch.
  5. While the glaze is still wet, use the CB-604 #4 Soft Fan to plop PC-601 Clear Cascade over the Element colors, in a random pattern, leave space between the plops, stop two inches from the bottom of the gourd, as this will cause the glazes to move.
  6. While the glazes are wet, plop PC-602 White Cascade in the same manner as the Clear Cascade in step 5, overlapping sometimes on the Clear Cascade, and leaving spaces between.
  7. Still while all the glazes are wet, brush on heavy vein lines with SC-15 Tuxedo using CB-110 Liner. The lines will move during the firing and cause interesting effects.
  8. Brush the stem with 2-3 coats of EL-111 Ruby Creek.
  9. Fire to cone 06.



  • CD-1146 Large Gourd or MB-1358 Bisque Gourd


  • EL-204 Glowing Embers
  • EL-209 Night Sky or EL-211 Volcanic Glow
  • PC-601 Clear Cascade
  • PC-602 White Cascade
  • SC-15 Tuxedo

Decorating Accessories

  • CB-604 #4 Soft Fan
  • CB-110 Liner