Pie Plate Bird Feeder

Designer: Laura Fraedrich



  1. Begin with properly fired shelf cone 04 bisque. Moisten a clean sponge and wipe bisque to remove any dust.
  2. Using a pencil, make 4 round marks equally distant from each other right underneath the ledge of the pie plate, and three in the bottom of the plate in the shape of a triangle.
  3. Using the drill with the carbide bit, drill out the holes.
  4. Using the CB-604 Soft Fan Brush, apply 3 coats of SW-119 Cinnabar to the outside of the pie plate and the entire inside, leaving the bottom of the plate unglazed. Use a damp sponge to wipe off any glaze that may have gotten onto the bottom. Let dry completely.
  5. Using the pencil, divide the rim of the plate into 24 equal sections. Start by dividing it into 4 quarters, divide those in 2, and divide each resulting section into two again.
  6. Run a piece of MC-001 ¼” masking tape on each mark that extends down the inside of the plate to where the side meets the bottom, and on the outside of the plate to where the notches begin.
  7. Using the CB-604 Soft Fan Brush, apply 3 coats of SW-169 Frosted Lemon to every fourth section that is taped off. Repeat with the SW-168 Coral Sands, SW-166 Norse Blue, and SW-167 Sand and Sea. Each color should be on 6 total sections.
  8. Wait a few minutes until the glaze isn’t shiny and wet, then remove the tape.
  9. Do not stilt or hang over the edge of the kiln shelf.
  10. Fire to cone 5/6.
  11. 1Cut two pieces of hanging wire approximately 28” long. Thread one end into one of the 4 holes underneath the plate rim and twist it around the rest of the wire to secure it. Thread the other end into the opposite hole and do the same. Repeat for the other piece of wire.
  12. Wrap small pieces of duct tape around the wrapped ends to prevent fraying.
  13. Fill the feeder with bird seed and hang using both wires. The holes in the bottom will prevent rain from accumulating.



  • SB-101 9″ Pie Plate


  • SW-119 Cinnabar
  • SW-168 Coral Sands
  • SW-169 Frosted Lemon
  • SW-166 Norse Blue
  • SW-167 Sand and Sea

Decorating Accessories

  • CB-604 #4 Soft Fan Brush
  • MC-001 ½” Masking Tape

Miscellaneous Accessories

  • Synthetic Sponge
  • Pencil
  • Drill with ¼” carbide bit
  • Braided picture hanging wire
  • Duct tape
  • Water