Stamped Engobe Bowl

Designer: Michael Harbridge



  1. Wipe down bisque bowl with a damp cleaning sponge.
  2. Use a RB140 #8 Soft Fan brush to apply three coats of EG002 Speckled Buff to the inside of the bowl. While the last coat is still damp (darker in color but not shiny wet) polish with a shammy cloth of facial tissue without lotion. It’s best to prewash the shammy to soften and make it less abrasive. This shammy material can be purchased at most dollar stores. As you rub in a small circular motion, the engobe will become very smooth and shiny. If it dries completely before polishing, use the soft fan with a little water to dampen the color, wait for shiny wetness to go away, and polish. You may see a small amount of color on the shammy or facial tissue, but not a lot.  Polishing the surface will allow you to stamp color, without lifting the engobe color.
  3. Use the RB140 #8 Soft fan to apply two coats of EG005 Black Engobe to the exterior of the bowl. Allow to dry.
  4. Load a sponge roller with EZ012 Cobalt black. Roll the color in thoroughly so you don’t have parts of the roller with little color (showing white areas), and other parts with dripping color. Roll and lift about 20 times for even application.
  5. Gently roll the loaded sponge roller loaded with Cobalt Black over the raised areas of stamp. You will see the shiny wet color on the raised areas.
  6. Quickly lift the stamp and flip it over and place it on the surface of the polished Speckled Buff Engobe area. Hold one side while pressing the other. Switch and hold the other side of the stamp while pressing. Try to do this quickly, or the thin application of color will dry on the stamp. Work your way with various stamps, slightly overlapping each as you cover the entire interior of the bowl. You may only use part of the stamp to fill in areas along the edge of the bowl. Apply color to the stamp each time it is used. It will only stamp once with an application of color. Dry color on the stamp will look greyer in color.  
  7. Center the bowl on a banding wheel and use a dagger brush loaded with slightly thinned EZ012 to band the lines around the edge of the bowl.
  8. Load the tip of the DB805 Fan Dry Brush with slightly thinned EZ012 and flick the bristle toward the surface of the bowl to add a speckle over the interior.
  9. Apply two coats of SW001 Stoneware Clear to the inside of bowl. Be careful applying the first coat of glaze since the black EZ Stroke can smear when it gets wet with glaze. (Don’t overbrush.) 
  10. Fire to cone 6.



  • SB149 Wide Serving Bowl


  • EG002 Speckled Buff Engobe
  • EG005 Black Engobe
  • SW001 Stoneware Clear
  • EZ012 Cobalt Black

Decorating Accessories

  • RB140 #8 Soft Fan
  • DB805 #3 Fan Dry Brush
  • Dagger Brush

Miscellaneous Accessories

  • Sponge
  • Water
  • Shammy cloth or soft facial tissue without lotion
  • Glazed tile for palette
  • Banding Wheel
  • Stamps from
    • ST83 Pointed Bloom Foam Back Rubber Stamp

    • ST84 Swirl Circles Foam Back Rubber Stamp

    • ST85 Lined Flower Foam Back Rubber Stamp

    • RD411 Sponge Rollers