Picture of Shelled Friend Turtle Planter

Shelled Friend Turtle Planter

This fun turtle planter is the perfect way to bring the seashore – and some greenery – straight to your desktop or backyard. 

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


  1. Wipe turtle planter with damp sponge to remove bisque dust.
  2. Tape off bottom hole with painter’s or masking tape.
  3. Pour some Pure Brilliance into planter. Roll around to coat inside and pour out remaining glaze in clean container. Let dry and remove tape.
  4. Paint two coats Pure Brilliance to bottom of planter. Let dry.
  5. Lightly draw striping design around face. (Refer to photo.) If desired, keep head plain with no striping.
  6. Pour a puddle of Oyster Shell on palette. Brush three coats to outer part of shell design and to striped sections on turtle’s head, hands and feet. Let dry between coats.
  7. Brush three coats Marbled Celadon to center part of shell design (refer to photo)

and to striping around eyes, jaw and feet. Leave a thin strip between the two Artisan glazes unpainted for the Bright Straw. Let dry.

Brush two coats Bright Straw in the thin unpainted stripe around the eyes, jaw and feet. Let dry.

  1. Paint eyes with two coats Neon Red. Let dry. Outline with Black and paint pupil in center.
  2. Brush two coats Black around the Marbled Celadon on shell design. Let dry.
  3. Outline the Bright Straw stripe on turtle’s head and paint toenails with Black. Let dry.
  4. Coat toothbrush bristles with black and spatter over turtle. Let dry.
  5. Stilt turtle on kiln shelf and fire to cone 06.

NOTE: To simplify head, brush three coats of either Oyster Shell or Marbled Celadon to head and feet. Paint eyes with Neon Red. 

HINT: When working with multiple Artisan Glazes, lightly mark with pencil areas of bisque to be painted with certain colors. These glazes appear the same in their wet stage and can be confusing when using more than one on a piece.

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What you need:


  • Potter’s sponge
  • Container for water
  • Palette
  • Pencil
  • Toothbrush
  • Small clean plastic container
  • Painter’s/masking tape