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Fishy Fun Animal Plate

Make meal time full of fun with this adorable animal plate from Duncan®! Bright colors and fishy fins come to life with creativity and Concepts Underglazes.

  1. Wipe plate with damp sponge to remove bisque dust.
  2. Using circle template, draw 1¼” circle on contact paper. Cut out.
  3. Remove sticky back and position cut out on plate for fish eye and adhere. Refer to photo for exact placement.
  4. Pour puddles of Neon Yellow, Bright Salsa, Dark Salsa and Neon Blue on palette.
  5. Moving from left to right, sponge circular part of plate with Neon Yellow then Bright Salsa, Dark Salsa and lastly Neon Blue on the two protruding round shapes on plate. Sponge and blend colors that are next to each other. Let dry. Repeat process for two more coats, letting color dry between coats. Let dry. Remove circle stencil.
  6. Transfer pattern onto plate with clay carbon paper.
  7. Dilute Dark Salsa and paint fish scales. While paint is wet use wet paintbrush to “float” or blend color of lines into background. Add lining around eye and mouth and floating or blending color into background. Let dry.
  8. Brush two good coats of Neon Blue around pupil in eyes.
  9. Brush Sapphire Shimmers around outer part of blue eyes and two coats on edges of fish tail blending into the Neon Blue. Let dry.
  10. Use Liner brush to paint fine line in fish’s mouth, lines in fins and tail. Paint pupil  with Black, leaving a white highlight. Line around pupil and outer eye. Let dry.
  11. Place plate on kiln shelf and fire to cone 06.
  12. Brush two coats Pure Brilliance to back of plate. Let dry.
  13. Brush two coats in whites of fish’s eye and one light coat over remainder of fish.  Let dry.
  14. Stilt plate on shelf and 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:


  • Potter's sponge
  • Container for water
  • Foil or foam plate for palette
  • Paper towels
  • Pencil
  • Clay carbon paper
  • Clear contact paper
  • Scissors
  • Circle template (1¼” diameter)