Picture of Elephant Mug

Elephant Mug

This adorable pachyderm makes for the perfect mug with its trunk as the handle. Give it personality with a fun smile and loving eyes. 

For best results, please read all instructions before beginning project. Refer to photo for color and design placement.


  1. Wipe mug with damp sponge to remove bisque dust.
  2. Brush three coats Bright Gray to inside mug and base. Let dry.
  3. Brush three coats Light Pink to inside ears and underside of trunk. Let dry.
  4. Brush three coats Light Gray to remaining areas leaving tusks white. Let dry.
  5. Pour Bright Gray on palette and with sponge, dab lightly over elephant to create texture. Omit pink areas.
  6. Lightly sketch eyelid to carved in eye (refer to photo).
  7. Paint carved eyeball with Black and outline heavy lid on top of eyeball.  Make fine lashes and eyebrow.
  8. Using Liner, brush paint happy mouth under trunk with Black.
  9. Paint toenails with Bright Gray and outline pink in ears. Let dry.
  10. Paint tusks with two coats of Pure Brilliance. Let dry.
  11. Stilt on kiln shelf and fire to cone 06.
  12. If desired, brush a coat of Pure Brilliance to mug. Let dry and re-fire to cone 06.
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What you need:


  • Potter’s sponge
  • Container for water
  • Clean plate for palette
  • Utility sponge