We have a lot of pieces in the store that we love. Our employees work hard to create amazing works of art for your inspiration. One of the most popular pieces--for our employees and our customers--is this amazing bird and branches platter! Perfect for any occasion, whether it's serving a lovely holiday dish or hanging on your wall, this is a one of a kind, show-stopping piece of art.
And we are going to show you how to make it!
This design is great because it is simple to create but looks polished and gorgeous when it's finished.
Step 1: Choose Your Pottery
Select the piece of pottery you want to paint and clean it off with water and a sponge. When choosing your pottery, we recommend going with a plate or platter for beginners. Flat pieces are easier to paint more intricate designs on when you're first starting out!
Step 2: Design
Sketch out your design with pencil. This is where you get to decide how simple or intricate the design is. If you want more branches and leaves and fewer birds, you can make that happen. And don't worry about messing up with the pencil! All pencil marks are going to disappear when we fire your pottery in the kiln.
Not confident in your drawing skills? Not to worry. You can always trace or stencil the design onto your plate/platter using our plate and stencils as a guide. All it takes is tracing paper and a sharpie. We can walk you through the rest!
Step 3: Paint
There are two options when it comes to painting your design.
A. You can use our standard black paint and do 4 coats, using our special paint pens for the finer branch details.
Or, B: You can use our employee-preferred one-coat black paint and a fine tip brush. The best part about the one-coat black is that you only have to go over the pencil with one coat of paint instead of 4. Plus, the lines will look much more clean and crisp. (This is what was used in the images above.)
Worried about not being able to keep your hand steady? Not a problem! With this design and the roughness of the branches, the less straight the line, the more realistic it will be. Follow the outline of the branches, leaves, and bird first, then fill them in.
After you've finished creating you're amazing plate or platter, we'll glaze and fire it for you! Just come back five days later for pick up. Don't finish it in one sitting? Just let an employee know that you need to come back later to finish it up and we'll take care of that for you.
Call us today 360-705-2103 to make a reservation!
When you arrive, let us know you want to make the black and white bird platter and we'll get you all set up with instructions and the right supplies.