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Day of the Dead Sugar Skull Dish

Celebrate the Day of the Dead with your very own personal sugar skull dish. Add fun details with orange and black for a dish that’s sure to be quite the conversation piece for years to come.

  1. Wipe plate with damp sponge to remove bisque dust.
  2. Trace pattern on tracing paper. Lay clay carbon paper between bisque and tracing and draw over lines to transfer design.
  3. Refer to pattern and paint in the orange areas with the Neon Orange. Let dry.
  4. Paint border around skull and center of nose and pupils in eyes with Black. Let dry.
  5. Refer to pattern and embellish with the French Dimensions French Papaya, Black Licorice and Pure White. Let dry well.
  6. Brush three coats Black to back of dish. Let dry.
  7. Stilt on kiln shelf and fire to cone 06.
  8. Brush a good coat of Pure Brilliance to front of plate and a light coat on back. Let dry.
  9. Stilt and re-fire to cone 06.
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Posted by Suzie Shinseki

Suzie works as a Senior Designer at iLoveToCreate®. She has been involved with art since childhood, and her passion has continued throughout her life. She honed her natural talents by attending the Academy of Arts in San Francisco on scholarship, art classes at San Jose City College. She works with various media and substrates. You can find her masterpieces on painted signs, murals, people and animal portraiture, mold design, sculptures, ceramic projects and fabric paint designs. Her commercial endeavors include children’s coloring books, illustrative designs for bags, brochures and cards. Her exceptional illustration skills have brought her many jobs as a fashion illustrator for designers in Hong Kong and Hawaii.

What you need:


  • Foil or foam plate for paint palette
  • Potter’s sponge
  • Container for water
  • Pencil
  • Tracing paper
  • Carbon paper