Skull Plate

Designer: Marcia Roullard



  1. Begin with properly fired shelf cone 04 bisque. Moisten a clean sponge and wipe bisque to remove any dust.
  2. Draw a 1/4″ line around the edge of the plate with a pencil or water based marker.  An easy way is to hold your little finger against the outside rim, place the pencil and circle the plate.
  3. Using the AC-230 Clay Carbon Paper trace on the pattern. Note:  only one side of the Clay Carbon Paper transfers, so test first.
  4. Open and prep the bottle of SG-401.  Poke a hole in the tip if the bottle is new – do not cut as the hole will be too big.  Tap the tip on the table and start the flow of glaze.  This will eliminate air bubbles.
  5. Outline all of the skulls and bones withs the SG-401 Black Designer Liner. The tip makes it easy to do the small areas.  Note:  Outlines should be a thin application of Designer Liner.  If applied like a dimensional glaze it will pop off.
  6. Use the SG-401 Black Designer Liner to fill in the small spaces between the teeth, noses and eyes.  Tip:  Dot a small amount of Designer Liner on the eye sockets, then use the RB-106 #6 Script Liner to smooth out the glaze.
  7. Depending on the space use either the RB-110 10/0 Detail Liner of the RB-106 #6 Script Liner with SC-15 Tuxedo to fill in the remainder of the white space between the bones and skulls.  One good coat is sufficient.
  8. Use the Script Liner to apply 2-3 coats of SC-74 Hot Tamale to the band around the plate.  Fully load the script liner, lay it on the plate and pull a long brush stroke. Reload the brush with glaze and continue.  The script liner holds a lot of glaze and is meant to lay down a good coat of glaze.
  9. To shade the skulls (refer to picture): Use the Script Liner add water to the brush, dip into the edge of SC-15 Black and swoosh the brush on the palette to water down the black.  Lightly lay the brush down on the skull and do one continues pull to shade.  It should be a hint of color.  If the color is too deep add more water.
  10. Let dry.  Apply clear glaze of choice.
  11. Stilt and fire to cone 06/05.



  • MB-1116 Casualware Dinner Plate


  • SC-15 Tuxedo
  • SC-74 Hot Tamale
  • SG-401 Black Designer Liner

Decorating Accessories

  • AC-230 Clay Carbon Paper
  • RB-144 #4 Soft Fan Brush
  • RB-110 10/0 Detail Liner
  • RB-106 #6 Script Liner

Miscellaneous Accessories