G2934 Cone 6 Matte Base Glaze

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Left column is the original, and widely used recipe (with dolomite). Right is the newer version that sources the MgO from talc and a frit instead (with a number of advantages).

Cone 6 Magnesia Matte Base

Code #


Materials Amt
Ferro Frit 3124 19.400 19.01%
EPK 18.300 17.93%
Dolomite 23.500 23.03%
Silica 26.960 26.42%
Calcined Kaolin 13.900 13.62%


Auto Unity Formula

CaO 0.54
MgO 0.39
Na2O 0.06
(KNaO) 0.06
B2O3 0.12
Al2O3 0.45
SiO2 2.71

Si:Al Ratio


SiB:Al Ratio







66.21 per kg


This matte recipe was developed at Plainsman Clays. It descends from a high-dolomite recipe that was originally used to compare shipments of dolomite for consistency.

This recipe fires near the too-matte end of the range (making is susceptible to cutlery marking or dry surface for some users). However, for many it does produce a good silky surface. This is likely a product of the differences between the many brand names of dolomites available. To deal with this customers are advised to blend in some glossy G2926B to develop a degree of matteness suitable for each application. Then add colorants and opacifiers to that base.

PlainsmanClays.com documents this recipe using a variety of stains.



This is a slight variation of the Master recipe wherein the Frit 3124 has been increased, and the Flint Silica quantity is slightly higher.

G2934W has 4% tin oxide.

This is based on the 3728, a recipe that we use to compare new shipments of dolomite. However this raises the Al2O3 and SiO2 to the same levels as G2928C Ravenscrag matte.


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G2934 Matte vs. LA Matte

LA Matte has been popular for many years. However as seen here, it is not stable in the kiln because it is a zinc matte that depends on crystallization during cooling to create the surface. 2934 is an MgO matte, it is much more stable and has a better surface that does not cutlery mark nearly as bad.

G2934 Matte vs. 2928C Ravenmatte

These two have very similar chemistries. The 2928C uses as much Ravenscrag slip as possible yet still have the same chemistry as the well known Moore's matte recipe. While it appears whiter here, this is because it contains 10% zircon, normally it would be darker because of the iron in Ravenscrag Slip.

G2934 with Hemlock Green, Pansy Purle Stains

10 gram balls have been melt down onto a tile at cone 6.
Top: G2934 with normal flow
Left: 8% 6213 Hemlock Green. Needs significant flux.
Right: 8% 6305 Violet stain. Flowing a little less, needs a little flux.

True mattes should still be matte if overfired

The G2934 is a high-MgO matte, it melts well and does not cutlery mark or stain easily. As evidence that it is a true matte, notice that it is still matte when fired to cone 7 or 8. VC71, while having a similar pleasant silky matte surface at cone 6, converts to a glossy if fired higher (suggesting that its cone 6 matteness is due to incomplete melting). For the same reason the VC71, it is whiter in color (but as soon as it begins to melt and have depth the color darkens).


C6-Cone 6 Glaze

XML (to paste into Insight)

<?xml version="1.0"?> <recipes version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"> <recipe name="Cone 6 Magnesia Matte Base" id="56852" key="kovRS7BQ" date="2017-09-06" typecodes="C6" codenum="G2934" picturebasename=""> <recipelines> <recipeline material="Ferro Frit 3124" amount="19.400"/> <recipeline material="EPK" amount="18.300"/> <recipeline material="Dolomite" amount="23.500"/> <recipeline material="Silica" amount="26.960"/> <recipeline material="Calcined Kaolin" amount="13.900"/> </recipelines> </recipe> </recipes>

Born: 2014-03-21, Modified: 2017-09-06 16:25:39

G2934 Cone 6 Matte Low LOI Version

Code #


Materials Amt
Ferro Frit 3249 10.000
Nepheline Syenite 10.500
Wollastonite 21.500
Talc 14.000
EPK 20.500
Silica 13.000
Calcined Kaolin 10.500


Auto Unity Formula

CaO 0.54
MgO 0.40
K2O 0.02
Na2O 0.05
(KNaO) 0.06
B2O3 0.12
Al2O3 0.45
SiO2 2.73

Si:Al Ratio


SiB:Al Ratio







32.70 per kg


This is an MgO matte. High MgO content is a common matting mechanism at cone 10 but also works at cone 6. This recipe has the same chemistry as the widely used G2934, however it sources much of the MgO from a frit and talc rather than from dolomite. The benefits are a much lower LOI (3.8 vs. 13.6), a smoother fired surface and better melt fluidity to host stains (stains look fantastic in this base).

Fusion Frit F-69 can be used instead of Ferro 3249 (actually, it is better). This recipe employs a mix of calcined and raw kaolin to keep the drying shrinkage down (to avoid cracking on drying). If you use pure kaolin it will likely crack during drying. If you do not have calcined kaolin you can make your own (bisque fire a container of powder).

This glaze has a very low thermal expansion and will not craze an any common clay body. It accepts stains exceptionally well.

We recommend doing cutlery marking tests on your ware. If they mark, blend in a little transparent glossy glaze (like G2926B). This will compromise the matteness a little but will reduce the marking.

Again, although matte in appearance, this glaze has a high melt fluidity. That means that brush-on colors could bleed. However if you keep it thin enough this should not be an issue. If it is consider using the G2934 original recipe.

1100 water, 1000 powder to get creamy mix.
Regular 2934 (with dolomite) took more water, about 1300. Nicer surface than G2934, same matteness, better fluidity.


G2934Y plus 8% Cerdec orange stain on Polar Ice, P300

The stain is #239616 encapsulated. The silky surface is stunning. The color is brighter on whiter porcelains.

G2934Y vs. G2934 melt flow balls

10 gram balls were melted down onto these tiles at cone 5.5.
On darker clay bodies the glaze is translucent. For white on this type of clay body a zircopax addition would be needed.

G2934Y vs G2934 melt flow test

The difference is quite amazing. The chemistry is the same. But the MgO is much more readily released from its source materials in the Y version. Also, even thought the melt is more fluid, it is still just as matte. Part of the reason for the extra fluidity could be the much lower entrained micro-bubble population in the Y (these possibly impeding the flow of the dolomite version on the left).

G2934Y matte with Cerdec red, orange stains

8% stain in each. Cone 6. Drop and hold firing. The surface quality is truly stunning!

G2934Y matte on M370 - cup

Surface very pleasant and finer than the standard G2934.

G2934 (left) vs G2934Y (right) at cone 6

G2934Y with brushwork decoration - By Ingeborg Koot

It is not bleeding significantly because the glaze has not been applied too thick.


C6-Cone 6 Glaze


16 - Yellow

1680 dry and 1400 water produced SG of 1.44. Pretty thick, added a little darvan.

239616 - Orange

Cerdec stain. Required no Epsom salts at 1.43 SG.

4 - Overglaze Blue

Test this as a brush-on color for using over G2934Y. We should demonstrate to customers how to fine tune the melt fluidity of an overglaze color and how to mix it with gum to make it paintable.

6304 - Purple

XML (to paste into Insight)

<?xml version="1.0"?> <recipes version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"> <recipe name="G2934 Cone 6 Matte Low LOI Version" id="113976" key="yqPFQt6R" date="2018-05-17" typecodes="C6" codenum="G2934Y" picturebasename=""> <recipelines> <recipeline material="Ferro Frit 3249" amount="10.000"/> <recipeline material="Nepheline Syenite" amount="10.500"/> <recipeline material="Wollastonite" amount="21.500"/> <recipeline material="Talc" amount="14.000"/> <recipeline material="EPK" amount="20.500"/> <recipeline material="Silica" amount="13.000"/> <recipeline material="Calcined Kaolin" amount="10.500"/> </recipelines> </recipe> </recipes>

Born: 2014-03-21, Modified: 2018-05-17 15:30:34