Class 2.
Embellishing Birds with Underglaze

Part 2

As of 2/17/2022, this class is sold out. If you are interested in taking the class later in the year, please signup for the waitlist.

WHEN: Saturday, April 23rd, 1:00 – 3:30 pm Eastern Standard Time

COST: $125 

SKILL LEVEL: A basic understanding of ceramics is necessary.

15 spaces available

Sign Up by April 14th

Have you ever wondered how I create the intricate surfaces on my pieces with underglaze? In this class, I will share my approach to underglaze surface decoration which covers how I think about design segmenting and color blocking, blend underglaze color, utilize sgraffito and paint fine lines to create the detail and design on the surfaces of my sculptural birds. In this introductory class, we will focus on simple designs for your pieces so that you have the time to practice the techniques during class. 

If you didn’t take my Handbuilding Stylized Bird class prior to this one, you can substitute your own small sculptural piece. Bone dry clay is preferred for the class as it will allow your piece to dry faster after each underglaze application. 

This class consists of two portions: 

  1. The first portion consists of pre-recorded videos which cover the following: my preference for working with bone dry clay, thinking about color and how it relates to your design, preparing the surface of the bird for underglaze painting, painting the first few coats of underglaze on the surface of the bird, creating designs and stencils for the bird, design transfer and color blocking.

 I will set up a zoom call after the video links go out to answer any questions that may come up the week before this class and to discuss design ideas for anyone who wants to do that. 

  1. The second (live) portion of this class is dedicated to exploring the detail work as we create small blended areas of color, outline them with black underglaze using a fine line brush and discuss how to create a finished look for your sculptural piece. Please replace the existing sentence on the website with the sentence above
  • Participants will finish their piece(s) on their own time.
  • This 2 ½ hour class has a 15 minute window before and after class for questions and answers. The post class Q & A can be extended if needed to address additional questions.
  • Participants must supply their own brushes, underglazes and sgraffito tools.


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Class Cost: $125

Class Date: Saturday, April 23rd,

Class Time: 1:00 – 3:30 pm Eastern Standard Time

Class Spaces Available: 15

Sign Up by April 14th

What you’ll get in your digital class kit:

  • Preferred brushes sheet
  • Preferred sgraffito tools sheet
  • Preferred underglaze and glaze sheet 
  • Bird reference sheet
  • Terri Kern Underglaze Painting, Monthly Methods sheet, Ceramics Monthly    

Video and Live Demonstrations Include:

  • Preparing bone dry sculpture for underglaze
  • Design options
  • Breaking design down into color blocking
  • Painting piece with several layers of underglaze
  • Creating design templates
  • Design transfer with tracing paper
  • Underglaze painting set-up
  • Brush wrapping
  • Know your detail brush possibilities
  • Painting in color blocked areas
  • Blending underglaze color
  • Creating a black outline with underglaze and a detail brush
  • Creating shading lines
  • Creating wet black sgraffito

What participants need to have for class:

Black underglaze

  • Preferred underglaze colors
  • 1 Large brush for painting larger areas of underglaze coverage
  • Several medium sized pointed brushes 
  • Several small pointed brushes
  • Script or Liner brush for painting outlines
  • Preferred sgraffito tools
  • Bottle cap from a bottle of “Smart Water” 
  • Scotch tape
  • Water
  • Pencil & paper for notes or drawings for reference
  • Photos of birds for reference
  • Scissors or Xacto knife to cut out design templates
  • Sponge
  • Manilla folder or piece of cover stock paper for your bird design templates   
  • Tracing paper


  1. Watch the pre-recorded videos.

Consider your design first.

  1. Look at photos of birds and notice their head, wings, breast, tail, etc. for design inspiration.
  2. Create your design and break it down into individual components:  head, wings, breast, tail
  3. Decide what color you predominantly want your (bird) sculpture to be.

Underglaze Painting

  1. Wipe down your bone dry sculpture with a sponge to remove any dirt or rough areas.
  2. After letting your piece dry thoroughly, apply your first layer of underglaze with a brush.
  3. After letting your piece dry thoroughly, apply your second layer of underglaze with a brush.
  4. After letting your piece dry thoroughly, apply your third layer of underglaze with a brush.

Finalize your design

  1. Cover your piece while you finish working on your design.
  2. Break your design down into sections for color blocking and create templates or design transfers on tracing paper. 
  3. Pencil or transfer your design onto your piece.

*A week before class, I’ll send an invite for a Zoom chat to see if anyone has any questions or needs design help.*

Once you’ve completed these steps, you will be ready for class!

Class Cost: $125

Class Date: Saturday, April 23rd

Class Time: 1:00-3:30 Eastern Standard Time

Class Spaces Available: 15