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I hand-sculpted & fired a 6"-7" high "to humane scale" figurine in grolleg porcelain, c/8-10. At this unglazed, bisque stage I would like to extend or build-out the beard on the face. Will puff-paint stick & if not alone, maybe with superglue? Or, is there already a product created for this? Thank you for your help.

Dear Dawn,

    Thank you for your recent question. There are several products on the market today that you can use to build up on bisque. To do this, I suggest your visiting the following website below and select the mending product for high fire bisque ware. Then create the extended beard, fire it to bisque and attach it to the figurine with the mending product and fire to maturing temperature. This would be the best method.

    Remember to make the beard the size of the sculpture x the shrinkage rate of the clay fired to maturity so that the final bisque will be the correct size. Otherwise, the beard will be smaller than required for the figurine.

    The website is:

    I hope this helps you. If you have further questions, please contact me at any time. I am always at your service. Good luck.

Ms Ti Phillips
Earth Stoke 'N Fire Pottery Studio and Artist Retreat


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Will answer any questions on hand building, wheel, glaze, firing. Speciality questions to include those in glaze calculation and development, firing techniques. Please do not send questions on identifying pottery. Although I would love to add this to my question topics, I have a retreat to run as well as the studio and volunteering on AllExperts, and therefore do not have the available time to research indentification and marks. Thank you for understanding.


Experience includes 30 years in pottery design and education. Have taught online and studio classes worldwide for the last 20 years. Own a pottery retreat specializing in firing techniques. Have 12 years solid experience in glaze calculation and formulation as well as problem solving in glaze chemistry. I am the first potter in the United States to have developed a complete package of pottery equipment blueprints for a studio. The blueprints include wheels, kilns, studio furniture, wedgeboards, raku kilns, slab rollers, ball mills and studio tools.

Alliance of Pottery Artists Worldwide Association

Ceramic Industry - PPP Wyndstryder Press - Pottery Journal

University of Sciences and Art's of Oklahoma, studied under Professor Jaymes Dudding.

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Potter of the year with APAWA, various awards for showmanship and design.

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