Lily of the Valley Bowl

Designer: David Hoff



  1. Check the ware over for blemishes and if present sand gently with 100-grit sandpaper to remove. Proceed to damp sponge ware to remove any fired dust and to condition the piece for decorating.
  2. Place about 1½ ounces of Kings Blue into a paper cup. If the color is extremely thick, thin with a few drops of water. Mix with a palette knife.
  3. Using the Soft Fan, apply three flowing coats of the Kings Blue over the entire piece, inside and out. However, do not apply color to the bottom of the piece. Allow the underglaze to dry thoroughly.
  4. Cut out the pattern for ease of use.
  5. Using the pattern, the White Saral and red pen, trace the pattern onto the ware. The Saral will burn away during firing. (Note: if the Saral still appears after the first firing it will disappear during the mid-range firing.)
  6. With the #4 and #8 Pointed Round, careful apply three coats of the China White to all of the leaves. The China White is opaque and will block out the underneath color of Kings Blue. Be sure each coat of the China White is dry before proceeding onto the next coat.
  7. Place the following EZ-Strokes on the palette: Yellow Orange, Irish Green, Leaf Green and Ivy Green. If extremely thick add a few drops of water and mix with Palette Knife.
  8. Complete leaves as follows:
    1. Smoothly cover the white basecoat with a smooth application of Irish Green. Allow to set.
    2. Using either the Rounds or the Shader begin to shade and highlight the leaves. Fully load the desired brush with Irish Green and side load with Yellow Orange for highlighting. Use Leaf and Ivy Green for shading. Blend the desired colors on the palette and apply to each leaf following its contours. For best results, apply color smoothly and remove heavy ridges of color.
    3. Be sure and darken the areas where a leaf overlaps another with Ivy Green.
  9. Place Cobalt Jet Black on the palette and thin. Fully load the #2 Detail Liner and proceed to outline the leaves and add broken vein accents to each leaf. The outlining will define which leaf over-laps the other.
  10. Using the Green Designer Liner, carefully apply stems to the Lily of the Valley. Apply the stems to one third of the nesting bowl and allow to dry, before proceeding to the next third. It is very easy to smear the fresh wet lines.
  11. While the Green Designer Liner is drying, place Pure White French Dimensions on the palette. Add an equal amount of White E-Z Stroke to the French Dimensions. Mix with palette knife.
  12. Using the #0 Detail fully loaded, apply a generous coat of the Pure White/White mix to each of the Lily of the Valley flowers. Again, work in thirds around the piece. When the color has set apply a second coat. The flowers should appear raised.
  13. Tap in dots streaming down from the flowers here and there throughout the design. These are very small and can be grouped together.
  14. Thin the Pure White/White mix with a few drops of water. Fully load the #2 Detail Liner with this thinned mix. Accent the green stem with a highlight of this white. One coat is sufficient, and the highlights are randomly applied.
  15. Apply a thin wash of Yellow Orange to the very top of each flower using the #0 Detail.
  16. Go back to the Green Designer Liner and place a tiny dot where the flower connects to the stem.
  17. To set color, fire the ware to shelf cone 04.
  18. Damp sponge the ware to remove any fired dust and to condition the piece for glazing.
  19. Place Zinc Clear into a paper cup and if extremely thick, thin with water.
  20. With #8 Soft Fan, apply three smooth flowing coats of glaze over piece, except the bottom of the ware. Be sure to allow color drying time between each coat.
  21. When dry fire to shelf cone 6 with a ten-minute hold.


An Important Note

  1. This project can be completed as written with low-fire white earthenware. However, there are a few minor changes.
  2. 1. Earthenware greenware or 04 Bisque may be used.
  3. 2. To set painted color, fire to cone 04. (same as before)
  4. 3. When final glazing is applied use S-1121 Crystal Clear Brushing.
  5. 4. After glazing has dried fire to shelf cone 06.



  • MB1625 Large Faceted Mushroom
  • MB1626 Small Faceted Mushroom


  • UG001 Kings Blue
  • UG051 China White
  • EZ003 Irish Green
  • EZ012 Cobalt Jet Black
  • EZ013 White
  • EZ026 Yellow Orange
  • EZ028 Leaf Green
  • EZ033 Ivy Green
  • SG405 Green
  • FD258 Pure White
  • SW004 Zinc Free Clear

Decorating Accessories

  • CB404 #4 Pointed Round
  • CB408 #8 Pointed Round
  • CB306 #6 Flat Shader
  • CB202 #2 Detail Liner
  • CB200 #0 Detail
  • RB140 #8 Soft Fan

Miscellaneous Accessories

  • Sponge
  • Water
  • 100-grit Sandpaper
  • 2 – 3-ounce paper cups for Underglaze and Glaze
  • Heavy Duty Plastic Page Protector
  • Paper Towels
  • Red Pen
  • Standard Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Palette knife
  • White Saral transfer paper