Tune your matte glaze to the degree of matteness you want


Thursday 8th January 2015

G2934 is a popular matte for cone 6 (far left). It is not matte because it is not melting enough or is covered with micro-crystals, it is an MgO matte (a mechanism produces a more pleasant surface that cutlery marks and stains less). But what if it is too matte for you? This recipe requires accurate firings, did your kiln really go to cone 6? Proven by a firing cone? If it did, then we need plan B: Add some glossy to shine it up a bit. I fired these ten-gram GBMF test balls of glaze to cone 6 on porcelain tiles, they melted down into nice buttons that display the surface well. Top row proceeding right: 10%, 20%, 30%, 40% G2926B added (100% far right). Bottom: G2916F in the same proportions. The effects are similar but the top one produces a more pebbly surface.

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G2934 - Matte Glaze Base for Cone 6, G2916F - Cone 6 Stoneware/Whiteware Glossy Base Glaze, A good matte glaze. A bad matte glaze., A functional matte cone 6 glaze should melt as well as a glossy, Cutlery Marking, Glaze Recipes


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