How to Paint a Ceramic Pot


Jazzing up a plain ceramic pot is simple with Pebeo Porcelaine 150 Paints. These paints work better than other types of paints on glazed ceramic pots because they fire in a home oven and will never peel off. Regular acrylic paints, on the other hand, will peel or flake off over time. Oil paints might work on some pieces, but they are not dishwasher safe and not water-soluble like Pebeo Porcelaine. The Pebeo paints are also dishwasher safe on the top rack, so they can be used on the outsides of food containers. Do not use the paints in places where food will be in contact; this is not safe even after firing. These paints are widely available at craft and art supply stores.

Step 1

Clean the ceramic pot with regular dish soap and dry.

Step 2

Plan a design. Use the paintbrush to apply the paint colors to the pot. Tubes of thicker color are also available to create raised surfaces.

Step 3

Place the pot in the cold oven and set the oven to 300 degrees F. This lets the pot warm up gradually and helps prevent cracks. Leave it in the oven for 30 minutes, timing from the point when the oven hits 300 degrees F.

Step 4

Turn the oven off and let the pot cool in the oven.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not mix the 150 paint line with the 160 paint line, as they bake at different temperatures. Even after baking, the paints are not food safe. They are safe to use on the exteriors. Do not scrub the pot with anything scratchy to clean it before you apply paint. This will damage the surface.

Things You'll Need

  • Pebeo Porcelaine 150 paint in desired colors
  • Home oven
  • Paint brushes
  • Ceramic pot


  • Pebeo Porcelaine 150
  • Pebeo Painting Sets
  • Pebeo Paints

Who Can Help

  • Ceramic Painting Made Easy
Keywords: ceramic paint, Pebeo paint, home fired ceramic

About this Author

Margaret Dilloway's debut novel, How to be an American Housewife, will be published in 2010. She has been a writer for over 10 years. She also writes feature articles, copywrites, and edits for, San Diego Family Magazine, and other media. She holds a B.A. from Scripps College.

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