Stoneware Snowman

Designer: William Pulse



  1. Use a Clean-Up Tool to remove any seam lines, carve any lost detail and to drill the openings for the twig arms. Holes should be about ¼” or slightly larger in diameter. Use a moistened Synthetic Sponge to wipe any dust from the ware.
  2. To the well cleaned stoneware greenware, apply 3 coats of UG-208 Dragon Red to the hat excluding the fur area using CB-404 Pointed Round. Apply 3 coats of UG-231 Lime Green to the scarf areas using the same brush. Apply 2-3 coats of UG-204 Orange to the nose with the same brush.
  3. Fire to Shelf Cone 04.
  4. On a Tile or Pallet thin some SW-301 Iron Wash to a creamy consistency. Using CB-604 Soft Fan loaded with water and then tip one corner edge of the brush the slightly thinned SW-301 Iron Wash to then shade the crevices of the scarf and hat with the Iron Wash. Shade lightly along the bottom edge of the fur areas over the face. Shade the crevice areas on the snowman next to the scarf’s edge. Shade along the bottom edge of the snowman.
  5. Use a dampened Synthetic to antique the Iron Wash from the painted areas. Try to keep the color only in the folds and crevices where the Iron Wash was applied. Don’t over sponge the Iron Wash onto the snowman body and face. You can darken the folds in the hat with a single brushstroke of the Iron wash using CB-404 Pointed Round. The Iron Wash may appear to be left on the Underglaze surfaces but will be fine as it may appear stained or dirty looking before glazing and firing. The Iron Wash residue will be insignificant if it is light in color on the Underglaze surfaces. Let dry.
  6. Apply 1 coat of SC-16 Cottontail to the fur areas on the hat using CB-404 Pointed Round. Then apply 2-3 coats of SG-302 Snowfall over the Cottontail using the same brush. This can be applied unevenly.
  7. Apply 2-3 coats of SW-001 Stoneware Clear over the hat excluding the fur and to the nose areas using CB-404 Pointed Round.
  8. Apply 2 coats of SG-704 Peppermint Speckta-Clear over the scarf area using CB-404 Pointed Round. Try to evenly apply the crystals while painting. Back off the second coat slightly (a pencil line width) along the bottom edges of the scarf.
  9. Apply 3 coats of SW-106 Alabaster using CB-404 Pointed Round and CB-604 Soft Fans to the snowman’s face and body excluding the buttons. Keep the color approximately 1/8” from the bottom.
  10. Paint in the eyes and buttons with 2 coats of SC-15 Tuxedo using CBf-110 Liner.
  11. Before firing, wipe off any color and glaze from the bottom of the ware with the moistened Synthetic Sponge. Fire on the kiln shelf to Shelf Cone 5-6. Do not stilt the piece. Make sure the bottom surface is fully on the shelf.



  • Greenware Clay Magic #3793 Plain Snowman with Scarf or like piece cast in Cone 5-6 Stoneware Slip.


  • UG-204 Orange
  • UG-208 Dragon Red
  • UG-231 Lime Green
  • SC-15 Tuxedo
  • SC-16 Cottontail
  • SG-302 Snowfall
  • SG-704 Peppermint Speckta-Clear
  • SW-301 Iron Wash
  • SW-001 Stoneware Clear
  • SW-106 Alabaster

Decorating Accessories

  • CB-110 Liner
  • CB-404 Pointed Round
  • CB-604 Soft Fan

Miscellaneous Accessories

  • Sponge
  • Water Bowl
  • Tile or Pallet
  • Clean-Up Tool
  • Synthetic Sponge