A good matte glaze. A bad matte glaze.


Wednesday 26th March 2014

A melt fluidity comparison between two cone 6 matte glazes. G2934 is an MgO saturated boron fluxed glaze that melts to the right degree, forms a good glass, has a low thermal expansion, resists leaching and does not cutlery mark. G2000 is a much-trafficked cone 6 recipe, it is fluxed by zinc to produce a surface mesh of micro-crystals that not only mattes but also opacifies the glaze. But it forms a poor glass, runs too much, cutlery marks badly, stains easily, crazes and is likely not food safe! The G2934 recipe is google-searchable and a good demonstration of how the high-MgO matte mechanism (from talc) creates a silky surface at cone 6 oxidation the same as it does at cone 10 reduction (from dolomite). However it does need a tin or zircon addition to be white.

Pages that reference this post in the Digitalfire Reference Database:

ZnO, G2934 - Matte Glaze Base for Cone 6, G1214Z - Cone 6 Silky Matte, Where Do I Start?, Tune your matte glaze to the degree of matteness you want, Opacifier, Opacification, Food Safe, Matte Glaze, Crystallization, Glaze Recipes, Cutlery Marking


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