Tropical Underglaze Vase

Designer: Carmen Allen



  1. Begin with properly fired cone 04 stoneware bisque. Moisten a clean sponge and wipe the bisque to remove any dust.
  2. Using a fan brush, apply 2 coats of UG-51 to the base of the vessel.
  3. Using a fan brush, apply 3 coats of SW-166 Norse blue to the top and inside of the vessel (you may want to thin some glaze and roll it on the inside if your vessel has a narrow opening).
  4. Use a pencil to draw a few circles randomly around the bottom. These will be the flowers so if you would prefer a pattern go for it.
  5. Mark the center of the circle and use a script liner to brush toward the center. Load your brush with UG-216 Peach and begin making the petals by touching the brush to the outside of the circle, pull down and apply pressure to the brush about ½ way down the petal and then lift again once you reach the center. Repeat this until all of the circles are flowers.
  6. Using a mini liner, apply 1 coat of either UG-90 Green Mist or UG-91 True Teal to create the stem for the leaves. We applied each branch one at a time to help with spacing.
  7. Using a script liner, apply 1 coat of the corresponding Underglaze to create the leaves. Press the brush at the top of the leaf and pull up as you brush down to create the round leaves. For the pointed leaves, begin lightly and press your brush in the middle and lift again. Repeat each brushstroke until your branch is full of leaves.
  8. Using a script liner, apply 1 coat of UG-217 Red Coral to the centers of the flowers and add any embellishments to fill in the design.
  9. Allow to dry and apply 2 coats of SW-001 Stoneware Clear to the bottom section.
  10. Use a damp sponge to wipe away any glaze that may have gotten on the foot.
  11. Fire to cone 5/6. Samples were fired to cone 6.



  • Wheel thrown vessel using Laguna WC-438 Red B-mix with Grog


  • UG-51 China White
  • UG-90 Green Mist
  • UG-91 True Teal
  • UG-216 Peach
  • UG-217 Red Coral
  • SW-166 Norse Blue
  • SW-004 Zinc Free Clear

Decorating Accessories

  • RB-1440 #8 Soft Fan
  • RB-106 #6 Script Liner
  • RB-110 10/0 Detail Liner

Miscellaneous Accessories

  • Sponge