Picture of Spring is in the Air

Spring is in the Air

Welcome the arrival of April showers and budding May flowers with servingware that says “spring.” Dress the Duncan® Oh Four® Everyday Pitcher in lush colors from Duncan® Concepts® Underglazes and Duncan® E-Z Stroke™ Translucent Underglazes for tulips that are too pretty!


  1. Wipe ware with damp sponge to remove bisque dust.
  2. Use the Fan Glaze to apply three coats of White inside pitcher, drying after each coat.
  3. Repeat on outside of pitcher, including base and handle. Let dry.
  4. Place tulip pattern on top of graphite paper then place on pitcher, graphite side down. Trace over pattern with pencil to transfer design onto pitcher.
  5. Load the No. 10 Round in Bright Tangerine and pull one stroke from the top of one tulip to the bottom. Repeat with two or three more strokes, using a heavier concentration of Bright Tangerine at the top of tulip. Repeat on other random tulips and let dry.
  6. Repeat Step 6 for remaining tulips, using Light Purple.
  7. Use the No. 10 Round to brush one good coat of Light Kiwi down each leaf and the No. 4 Liner to apply one coat to stem. Let dry.
  8. Use the No. 10 Round to brush E-Z Strokes™ Orange along the sides and center of the orange tulips, leaving the bottom area lighter in color. Refer to photo.
  9. Add a little bit of Coral Red to the Orange and further detail tulips using the No. 6 Round and No. 4 Liner brushes.
  10. Using the No. 10 Round, pull strokes of Pecos Pink down purple petals, leaving some of the original Concepts® Light Grape showing through.
  11. Load the No. 6 Round with Violet and make a few strokes down purple tulips. Refer to photo.
  12. Load the No. 4 Liner in Violet and detail petal lines.
  13. Use the No. 6 Round to brush a few strokes of Leaf Green into the leaves to deepen color.
  14. Paint in veins and detailed areas where leaves twist or overlap with the No. 4 Liner and Grass Green. Add water to brush and float color to blend.
  15. Add a tiny amount of Cobalt Jet Black to the Grass Green and use the No. 4 Liner to paint a fine dark line on sides of stems and along shaded areas of leaves. Refer to photo. Let dry completely.
  16. Stilt pitcher in kiln and fire to witness 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:


  • Pencil
  • Container for water
  • Graphite paper
  • Foil or foam plate for palette
  • Potter’s sponge