Simply Wicker Tree

Designer: David Hoff



  1. Check the bisque ware over for any blemishes and lightly sand off with 100-grit sandpaper.
  2. Damp sponge ware to remove any fired dust and to condition for decorating.
  3. Into the 3 oz cup, pour about 1 to 2 ounces of the Ivory Pearl. Mix with palette knife and if extremely thick add a few drops of water. For this project the Fundamentals need to be slightly thinner than normal. If the underglaze is too thick the recessed areas of the ware will fill up with color.
  4. Dampen the 1” Glaze Brush with water, then fully load with Ivory Pearl and scrub apply two to three coats over the entire tree including the base. By scrubbing the color in the detail of the fired ware will not be overfilled.
  5. Fire the piece to shelf cone 04.
  6. In the paper cup place a teaspoon of Sienna Brown add at least 4 parts of water to the color to thin to an ink like consistency.
  7. Using the #3 Fan, apply the Sienna Brown wash over the entire Wicker Tree. Make sure all the recessed areas are covered.
  8. Set piece aside to dry for a while.
  9. Dampen the sponge with water and remove excess water by placing in a paper towel and firmly squeezing the sponge. The paper towel helps remove the excess water from the sponge. Note: if the sponge is too wet, too much color can easily be removed from the ware.
  10. With the damp sponge begin to wipe back the wash of Sienna Brown. Work vertically over the tree and horizontally around the base. Keep wiping back until desired effect is achieved.
  11. Allow the tree to dry overnight.
  12. Pour about an ounce of the Matt Transparent Brushing in to a paper cup. Thin with water to a light cream consistency.
  13. Apply 2 to 3 coats of the Matte Transparent Brushing to entire piece using the 1” Glaze Brush. To prevent over applying the glaze, scrub in the glaze rather than laying the glaze on in the normal manner.
  14. Set aside to dry.
  15. Stilt ware and fire to shelf cone 06.
  16. Place a very small of Premium Gold Overglaze on a clean piece of Aluminum Foil or 6” tile.
  17. Fully load the #6 Filbert with the Premium Gold and carefully apply to the top of the tree. One thin coat is needed and when finished, the unfired gold should be a flag red color.
    1. When finished wrap the #6 Filbert in a piece foil for future use. The wrapped brush will become hard in the foil. However, when the brush is used again with the same Premium Gold the bristle will soften and become pliable again.
  18. Stilt ware and fire to shelf cone 018. Note: the Premium Gold will fire more matte for it has been applied over a matte glaze.
  19. Check for stilt marks and remove with Stilt Stone or Dremel Tool.



  • MB-1583 Large Wicker Tre


  • UG-234 Ivory Pearl
  • EZ011 Sienna Brown
  • C-300 Matte Transparent Brushing
  • OG-905 Premium Gold

Decorating Accessories

  • DB-110 1” Glaze Brush
  • DB-805 #3 Fan
  • OB 916 #6 Filbert

Miscellaneous Accessories

  • Sponge
  • Water Bowl
  • 3 oz Paper or Plastic Cup (3)
  • 2 small pieces of Aluminum Foil
  • Paper Towels
  • 100 – grit sandpaper
  • Palette Knife