Picture of Wonky Penguins

Wonky Penguins

Take your creativity on a wonky winter adventure with Duncan® Oh Four™ Bisque! These Wonky Vessels make perfect holiday penguins when coated in Concepts® Underglazes.


  1. Wipe ware with damp sponge to remove bisque dust.
  2. Transfer patterns onto Wonky Vessels by positioning clay carbon paper onto surface and pattern on top, then tracing over pattern lines with pencil. Repeat to transfer foot design onto six Chopstick Holders.
  3. Pour small amounts of Brush Cleaner and Mask ‘n Peel® onto corner of foil. Dip No. 4 Liner brush into cleaner and condition bristles by swiping brush back and forth in cleaner.
  4. Dip the conditioned No. 4 Liner into the Mask ‘n Peel® and paint a fine line over the wing lines. Make sure to apply a generous amount of Mask ‘n Peel® to ensure proper paint blockage. Let dry.
  5. Shake bottle of Black well. Pour some into Vessel (enough to coat insides) and roll paint around to coat the entire inside. Pour excess into a paper cup. Wipe off any drips with a paper towel. Repeat for each Vessel.
  6. Pour a puddle of Really White onto a clean piece of foil. Refer to photo and paint three coats of Really White on face and body but avoiding the beak area. Let dry between each coat.
  7. Pour a small amount of Bright Saffron on foil and paint three coats on penguin’s beak using the No. 4 Liner. Let dry between each application.
  8. Pour a large puddle of Black onto foil and using the No. 10 Round, paint three coats on bottom of Vessel. Paint entire backside (including over wings with Mask ‘n Peel®) and framing penguin’s front. Apply three coats, letting drying after each application. After third coat has lost its sheen but before it completely dries, remove Mask ‘n Peel® from Vessels using a needle or sharp tool to gently lift mask along the edge and peeling off bisque. Let dry.
  9. If necessary, touch up edges around wings after removing Mask ‘n Peel®.
  10. Dip back end of No. 10 Round into Black and dot on Vessel for eyes. Use No. 1 Liner to paint curved line in beak. Refer to photo.
  11. For feet, paint three coats of Bright Saffron onto six Chopstick Holders within pattern lines, letting dry between each coat. Paint front edges of each piece with three coats of Black. Refer to photo. Let dry.
  12. Paint the three remaining Chopstick Holders with three coats of Black, making sure to cover the entire piece. Let dry between coats.
  13. Lightly brush one coat of Pure Brilliance™ on the inside, bottom and sides of all Vessels and let dry. Pour needed amount of Pure Brilliance™ into a paper cup and water down to a milky consistency. Brush one coat of this mixture over first coat of Pure Brilliance™ on Vessels and let dry. Repeat for Chopstick Holders. Let dry.
  14. Stillt in kiln and fire to cone 06.
  15. Position penguin Vessels on feet and tail Chopstick Holders so it sits level. Refer to photo. Use marker pen to make a small line on toes and tail Chopstick Holders to mark placement of Vessel. Squeeze a line of Liquid Fusion™ along top edge of indentations on each Chopstick Holder and place Vessel into glue. Allow to dry 24 hours as directed for maximum hold.
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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
  • Marker pen – fine tip
  • Needle or sharp tool
  • Paper towels
  • Paper cups
  • Container for water
  • Foil
  • Clay carbon paper
  • Pencil