Ceramics Studio: Holly Tea Set

By  Suzie Shinseki  for  Duncan Enterprises


  • Oh Four Bisque items: Teapot (21448); Teacup & Saucer (24802)
  • Concepts Underglazes for Bisque & Majolica: Bright Kiwi; Really Red; French Dimensions Black Licorice
  • Envision Clear Brush-On Glaze


  • Signature Brushes*: Round, #6; Glaze Brush, 1”
  • Aluminum foil
  • Clear self-adhesive shelf paper
  • Craft knife
  • Cutting mat
  • Miscellaneous painting items: pencil with new eraser; sponge; disposable container; masking tape

Pattern - Ceramics Studio: Holly Tea Set

  • 1. Wipe ware with damp sponge to remove dust.
  • 2. Apply tape over spout opening on teapot. Shake bottle of Clear Brush-On Glaze to mix thoroughly. Pour some glaze into teapot. Roll glaze around until entire inside surface is covered. Remove tape from spout. Pour excess glaze back into container. Brush glaze onto any unglazed areas near top of teapot, using glaze brush. Let dry.
  • 3. Print and cut out patterns. Trace four large holly leaves and 13 small leaves onto back of shelf paper, using pencil and leaving 1" space around each image.
  • 4. Use craft knife to cut out each leaf to create a stencil, leaving 1" around leaf.
  • 5. Remove backing from one stencil at a time. Arrange large leaf stencils onto each side of teapot, leaving 3/4" space between leaves. Run fingernail along stencil edges to ensure a tight seal.
  • 6. Pour puddle of Bright Kiwi onto foil. Lightly sponge three coats over stencils, letting dry between coats. Remove stencils.
  • 7. Repeat procedure to create a random pattern of small leaves around teapot, two leaves on one side of cup and three leaves on saucer.
  • 8. Pour puddle of Really Red onto clean foil. Apply three coats of Really Red around base of teapot handle and spout, using #6 round and onto remainder of handle and spout, using glaze brush.
  • 9. Dip flat end of pencil eraser into Really Red. Apply dots for holly berries onto center of holly leaves on cup and teapot. Apply a random pattern of dots onto teapot and saucer. Let dry.
  • 10. Squeeze a line of Black Licorice onto vein down center of holly leaves and onto stem. Let dry thoroughly. (Note: If paint is difficult to squeeze out, pierce tip of opening with pin or place bottle of paint in container of very warm water.)
  • 11. Gently pounce one light coat of glaze onto colored areas of each piece and glaze to inside of teapot lid.
  • 12. Stilt and fire separated pieces to shelf cone 06.
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