Plushy Sea Monster

Designer: Bailie Benson



  1. Separate the 1.5 lbs of clay into 1lb and ½ lb balls.
  2. Take the 1lb ball and split it into 1/3 and 2/3 sections.
  3. Set aside the 1/3 section and cover.
  4. Roll the 2/3 section into a single thick coil that it slightly tapered on one side. This is the body/neck of the sea monster.
  5. Flatten the bottom of the thicker side by bonking it on the table.
  6. Curve the top of the thick coil over slightly.
  7. Take the remaining 1/3 of the ball and create the same shape. This will be the tail.
  8. Roll a small grape sized ball of clay from the 1/2lb ball.
  9. Create a cube of clay slightly smaller than the ball of clay.
  10. Connect cube and ball together to form the head.
  11. Scratch and attach the head to the tip of the body coil.
  12. Scratch and attach the tail coil to the back of the body coil.
  13. Create stubby flippers, fins, eyes, fin crests, and other accessories from the extra ball of clay.
  14. Scratch and attach accessories to the body of the sea monster.
  15. Carve in any extra designs with a toothpick.
  16. Carve out excess clay from the inside of the piece to thin the sculpture.
  17. Allow to fully dry. 18. Bisque fire to cone 04.
  18. Begin with properly fired bisque.
  19. Mix Blue Guppy and Seafoam 50/50
  20. Using a script liner brush, glaze the underbelly with the Jungle Gem glaze mix. 3 coats.
  21. Glaze the body with three coats of Bloomin’ Blue.
  22. Glaze the top fin (if applicable) with three coats of Seafoam.
  23. Using the detail brush, add Bloomin’ Blue in the carved lines.
  24. Allow to dry.
  25. Stilt and fire to cone 06.



  • 1.5lb low fire clay


  • CG974 Bloomin’ Blue
  • CG997 Seafoam
  • CG1008 Blue Guppy
  • FN009 Black
  • FN001 White

Decorating Accessories

  • RB106 Script Liner brush
  • CB220 Detail Liner brush

Miscellaneous Accessories

  • Sponge
  • Water
  • Carving tools
  • Toothpick