Winter Birch Trees

Designer: Bre Kathman



  1. Roll a slab approximately 1/4 inch thick.
  2. Tear the outside edge of the slab so it has a ridged look.
  3. Compress both sides of the clay with a rib tool.
  4. Place paint brushes or pens under the slab where you would like foreground trees.
  5. Smooth clay around the pens with a damp sponge.
  6. Cut 2 holes for the rope.
  7. Let dry.
  8. Bisque fire to cone 04.
  9. With the Designer Liner Bright Blue*, create a horizontal line across the piece, without going over the raised trees, as these are in the foreground. *Shake the bottle before using. 
  10. While the Designer Liner is still wet, use a finger wipe down and blur the line. 
  11. Use Designer Liner Black to create the trees.
  12. Mix Designer Liner Black and Silkscreen Medium to the consistency of peanut butter. Silkscreen the plants on the bottom section of the piece.
  13. Brush on clear glaze with a fan brush.
  14. Let dry, stilt and fire to cone 06.
  15. Attach rope after firing.



  • Low-fire white clay


  • SG-401 Designer Liner Black
  • SG-410 Designer Liner Bright Blue
  • NT-BR Clear One Brushing

Decorating Accessories

  • CB-604 #4 Soft Fan
  • AC-310 Silkscreen Medium
  • DSS-0110 Botanical-Trees
  • Sponge
  • Rib

Miscellaneous Accessories

  • Hole cutter
  • Paint brushes
  • Pens
  • Rope