Prickly Providence Platter

Designer: Ammie Williams



  1. Begin with properly fired shelf cone 04 bisque.
  2. Moisten a clean sponge and wipe bisque to remove any dust.
  3. Artist’s Note: There are not three complete layers of any color on this platter. The more unevenly the Stroke & Coat is applied, the more texture you will see in the finished project.  You can achieve an interesting finish with Cobblestone if applied to the piece in irregular strokes.  If that is not your style, feel free to apply three layers of each glaze.  If choosing to paint less than three coats paint in the direction of the shape you are painting.
  4. Sketch the pattern on the plate or trace on using the pattern using the AC-230 Clay Carbon Paper.
  5. Sketch the main cactus and sun.  Add vertical lines coming down the cactus as the ribs.
  6. Sketch a horizon line to the right of the cactus.
  7. Using SC-85 Orkid and the #6 Pointed Round (larger) to fill in the background and the back of the platter.
  8. Using the #4 Pointed Round (smaller) fill in the sun and ground with SC-80 Basketball.
  9. Fill in the cactus ribs randomly with SC-43 Lettuce Alone, SC-77 Glow Worm, and SC52 Toadily Green.  Alternate between 1-3 coats on the greens to keep things interesting.
  10. Paint the small cacti in the background using each of the greens and the liner brush. Cacti further away should be smaller and darker than the ones in the foreground.
  11. Paint the border with SC-24 Dandelion, carrying over to the outside rim of the platter.
  12. The next step uses S-2726 Cheetah.  Open the jar, stir it up well, put the lid back on and shake it up.  Now pour some onto a palette so you get the same amount of crystals and glaze in every brush stroke.
  13. Using the larger pointed round brush apply one uneven coat of S-2726 Cheetah over the sun.  The more coats you apply the less color of the sun will show through.  One good coat is sufficient.
  14. Herb Garden: Open the jar, stir it up well, put the lid back on, and shake it up.  Now pour some onto a palette so you get the same amount of crystals and glaze in every brush stroke.
  15. Using the same brush apply one good coat of S-2714 Herb Garden inside some of the ribs on the main cactus.
  16. Using the Detail Liner brush outline the main cactus and some of the ribs with 1-2 coats SG-201 Black Cobblestone. Paint some lines thicker than others for a more drastic Cobblestone effect when the platter is fired.
  17. Use the Detail Liner to outline the background cacti with SG-201 Black Cobblestone. Apply 1-2 coats or a liberal coat.
  18. Paint a thick and uneven border of SG-202 White Cobblestone on top of the SC-24 Dandelion.
  19. On the main cacti, dot on SG-202 White Cobblestone but avoid applying on top of the Jungle Gem Crystal Glaze.
  20. This project will not have a clear glaze, so make sure the bisque is covered with glaze.
  21. Allow to dry.
  22. Stilt and fire to cone 05/06.



  • BI 2374 Md. Providence Platter


  • SC-24 Dandelion
  • SC-43 Lettuce Alone
  • SC-52 Toadily Green
  • SC-77 Glo Worm
  • SC-80 Basketball
  • SC-85 Orkid
  • SC-201 Black Cobblestone
  • SC-202 White Cobblestone
  • S-2714 Herb Garden
  • S-2726 Cheetah

Decorating Accessories

  • AC-230 Clay Carbon Paper
  • CB-404 #4 Pointed Round
  • CB-406 #6 Pointed Round
  • RB-110 10/0 Detail Liner

Miscellaneous Accessories

  • Sponge
  • Paper Towels
  • Water
  • Palette
  • Pencil or Water-based Marker
  • Freehand or Pattern