Watercolor Heart Stoneware Plate

Designer: Laura Fraedrich



  1. Begin with properly fired shelf cone 04 bisque. Moisten a clean sponge and wipe bisque to remove any dust.
  2. Using the CB-604 Soft Fan Brush, apply 3 coats of SW-504 Red Gloss to the backside of the Modern Dinner Plate and the rim on the front. Make sure not to glaze the bottom of the plate and wipe off any glaze that may have gotten on it.
  3. Using the CB-604 Soft Fan Brush, apply 2 coats of SW-501 White Gloss to the center of the plate and let dry well.
  4. Using a pencil and the AC-230 Clay Carbon Paper, transfer the pattern to the plate. You will have to extend the scallops on the top and bottom of the plate using the pencil.
  5. Fill the AC-222 bottle with SW-508 Black Gloss.
  6. Use the applicator bottle with the Black Gloss to draw over the lines of the pattern except for the spirals on the rim. Fill in alternating sections on the striped side of the heart and fill in around the dots on the other side. Let dry.
  7. Replace the cap on the AC-302 Wax Resist with the AC-224 Plastic Detailer Cap. Draw over the black lines and the striped and dotted sections of the heart with wax resist. The wax line will be thicker than the black lines in most areas. Let dry.
  8. Pour a small amount of each of the following gloss glazes onto the palette – SW-506 Bright Blue Gloss, SW-504 Red Gloss, SW-507 Bright Green Gloss, SW-505 Purple Gloss, SW-502 Yellow Gloss, SW-503 Orange Gloss
  9. Using the CB-604 Soft Fan Brush, add enough water to each color to make them the consistency of tinted water. Starting with red, use a swirling motion to add one watery coat to most of the heart. Use your finger while still wet to make a squiggle on one section. If your coat is too thick and you aren’t getting a watercolor effect, add some plain water with your brush and gently swirl it around. Avoid swirling or scrubbing so hard that you re-wet the white layer underneath. Don’t be afraid to make puddles. If your glaze is too thin, you can apply another coat.
  10. While the paint is still wet, load your brush with purple and apply it the same way next to the red. Let the two colors puddle together and mix. Use a brush with plain water to help them blend until you are satisfied.
  11. Repeat this step with the rest of the colors, using the photo as a guide for where to apply each one.
  12. Fill an AC-222 Bottle and Writer tip with SW501 White Gloss and use it to make the spirals inside the scallops on the rim and the dots around them. Also, add a little squiggle to the inside of the heart.
  13. Do not stilt or hang over the edge of the kiln shelf.
  14. Fire to cone 5/6.



  • SB-129 Stoneware Modern Dinner Plate


  • SW-506 Bright Blue Gloss
  • SW-504 Red Gloss
  • SW-507 Bright Green Gloss
  • SW-501 White Gloss
  • SW-502 Yellow Gloss
  • SW-503 Orange Gloss
  • SW-508 Black Gloss
  • SW-505 Purple Gloss

Decorating Accessories

  • CB-604 #4 Soft Fan
  • CB-106 Script Liner
  • AC-222 Large Bottle and Writer Tip
  • AC-302 Wax Resist
  • AC-224 Plastic Detailer Cap
  • AC-230 Clay Carbon Paper

Miscellaneous Accessories

  • Sponge
  • Ball Point Pen or pencil
  • Pattern