Sgraffito Butterfly

Designer: William Pulse



  1. Use the Clean-up Tool to remove the seams from the greenware. Sand the seams and dress down the bottleneck with the Green Grit Cloth. Use a damp sponge to remove any dust from the ware. Check the inside of the bottle for any debris as well.
  2. Trace the pattern onto the tissue paper with a pencil. Place the pattern onto the ware and transfer the butterfly portion of the pattern only at this time using the Red Sharpie marker. The red marker with penetrate the tissue paper and leave the outline of the butterfly.
  3. Use CB-106 Script Liner, CB-404 Pointed Round and CB-602 Soft Fan to apply 2-3 even coats of UG-51 Jet Black to the background on the flat recessed areas.
  4. Transfer the leaves of the pattern using the tissue paper and Red Sharpie Marker to the black underglaze areas.
  5. Scraffito the lines of the leaves in the pattern using the Sgraffito Tool. If the lines are too light, retrace over them with the Sharpie Marker. It is best to gradually carve through the black color in several passes over the line. Carving through in one pass over the line can cause chipping of the color.  If the color has become too dry, lightly mist the area with the spray bottle filled with water. If the color has dried too long of a time between the sgraffito, chipping can occur also. If chipping of the color does happen, reapply the black color and re-carve the line.
  6. Dust off any color and clay debris from the ware using the Dusting Brush. If you had to use the spray bottle to mist the color, be sure all the fine dust and color has been removed from the carved lines. The moistened color has a tendency to adhere to the carve lines more easily.
  7. In a 4 oz. Jar, mix 4 tablespoons of UG-46 Bright Yellow with 1 tablespoon of UG-203 Squash Yellow, a 4: 1 ratio. Mix and shake the contents of the jar. Using CB-106 Script Liner, CB-404 Pointed Round, CB-602 Soft Fan or CB-604 Soft Fan to apply 3-4 even coats of the yellow mixture to the butterfly and bottle trim. Use the brushes sized for the area being painted to your advantage.
  8. Fire to Shelf Cone 03-04.
  9. In a plastic cup, mix FN-009 Black with some water to a melted ice cream consistency. Check the inside of the bottle for any debris and remove. Pour the thinned color into the bottle. While working quickly, rotate the bottle to evenly coat the inside of the bottle. Pour out the excess color and invert to drain and dry. Use a moistened sponge to remove any glaze from the outside of the ware.
  10. Use a damp sponge to wipe down the piece before glazing. Make sure there is no fire dust or debris in the carved lines. Apply 2-3 coats of S-2101 Crystal Clear Brushing to the outside of the bottle.
  11. Stilt and fire the piece to Shelf Cone 05-06.



  • CD1391 Flat Bottle Vase (Medium) in GREENWARE


  • UG-46 Bright Yellow
  • UG-51 Jet Black
  • UG-203 Squash Yellow
  • FN-009 Black
  • S-2101 Crystal Clear Brushing

Decorating Accessories

  • CB-404 Pointed Round
  • CB-602 Soft Fan
  • CB-604 Soft Fan
  • CB-106 Script Liner

Miscellaneous Accessories

  • Tissue Paper (non-waxed)
  • Pencil
  • Red Sharpie Marker (fine tip)
  • 4 oz. Jar with Lid
  • Plastic Cup
  • Clean-up Tool
  • Green Grit Cloth
  • BC-901 Sponge
  • Spray Misting Bottle
  • Sgraffito Tool
  • Dusting Brush
  • 1 tsp measuring spoon
  • Pattern: Download