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Soap Bubbles And Clay - Who Would've Thought

Every once in a while I get away from the studio for a vacation. Most of the time, I take along a little air dry clay to play with on the trip, but last week, I went to North Carolina clay free!

Relax isn't really in my vocabulary, so on the only rain day we had, I was reading articles and watching videos to get my "clay fix". I came across a couple techniques I can't wait to try, and thought you might enjoy them as well.

Soap bubbles and clay... who would've thought they were meant to go together? I don't know who came up with this idea, but they are a genius, and I'm super glad it crossed my path!Let's gather the supplies we will need...


  • dish detergent or hand soap
  • water
  • small cups
  • straws
  • clay
  • underglazes, mason stains or oxides
    • Note: if you are using stains or oxides, you'll want to mix them with water to the consistency of heavy cream, before adding to the soap mixture. You may also want to run them through an 80 or 100 mesh sieve to prevent an uneven consistency.

Let's get started!

  1. Create a canvas for your design. It could be a plate, platter, shallow bowl, or anything that has a large enough surface area for the design. I'm going to use a mug as my canvas.
    • Note: you can use greenware or bisque pieces
  2. Mix equal parts of water, soap and colorant in cups, using separate cups for each color
  3. Using a drinking straw, blow air into the mixture and allow the bubbles to overflow the sides of the cup and land on your canvas   bubbles
  4. Lightly tap the bubbles to pop them
  5. If you want multiple colors, repeat step 4 for each color
  6. Allow it to dry
  7. Bisque fire, or glaze and fire, depending on if you used a green or bisque piece
  8. Take pictures and enjoy!

That's all there is to it. It's such an easy way to decorate your pots, I can't wait to see what they finish out like! I will post pictures of mine once they are finished, and I'd love to see what yours looks like!

If you'd like to share your ideas, projects or submit a post for our blog, email us at! We look forward to hearing from you!

Sharon Dobbs 1 Thank you Sharon Dobbs for sharing a picture of your bubble project!

7 thoughts on “Soap Bubbles And Clay - Who Would've Thought”

  • jan | #

    Can't wait to try it and finish with luster!

  • Christine Moore | #

    I'm looking forward to trying this technique. Question - what is your experience with putting the bubbles over a layer of glaze, or putting a layer of glaze over the bubbles? I'm thinking either a clear or a celadon. Thoughts?

  • Debbie | #

    I have done this with a kids class & my grandchildren using round ornaments. The kids love it & no 2 ornaments are alike.

  • jeanne | #

    This looks like fun. I’d like to try it.

    I,ve been trying to find information on a product I used years ago when I was painting bisque fired tiles. It was called pipping & was a mixture of clay & a SECRET

    ingredient. It was produced in Canada by someone
    who called herself THE PIPING LADY. She is no longer in business, but I keep hoping someone knows
    about it.It was expressed as you won frosting to decorate a cake.

    If you or anyone you know has any idea what this was
    I would really like to have the information.


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