Javascript must be enabled in the security or content
settings of your browser for this site to work properly

To learn more about cookies search for HTTP cookie at


Desktop Insight||Reference Database|Log in

Learn glaze
chemistry &

Conquer the Glaze Dragon With INSIGHT Glaze Chemistry Software

Things Have Changed. Desktop Insight is Now Free!

Download it from the Files panel in your personal or group account. If you do not have a current account you can buy one for about $15. There is a video on how to download here.

•It installs as level 2, without need of a key.
•Replace your current keyed version of desktop Insight with this.
•No features have been removed.
•It will never expire.

Do You Really Need Desktop Insight?

Insight-live has a much broader scope and is far superior, it is the future (it is much more about data and access-from-anywhere and it still does glaze chemistry). However we will continue to support desktop Insight for the few users who still prefer to work off-line.

There is a direct relationship between the way ceramic glazes fire and their chemistry. Insight is a calculation tool anyone can use to learn and harness the power of glaze chemistry.

  • Fix problems like crazing, blistering, pinholing, settling, gelling, clouding, leaching, crawling, marking, scratching, powdering.
  • Substitute frits or incorporate better, cheaper materials, replace no-longer-available ones (all while maintaining the same chemistry).
  • Adjust melting temperature, gloss, surface character, color.
  • Identify weaknesses in glazes to avoid problems.
  • Create and optimize base glazes to work with difficult colors or stains and for special effects dependent on opacification, crystallization or variegation.
  • Create glazes from scratch and use your own native materials in the highest possible percentage.

Without glaze chemistry you'll never really have control and you could be a slave to your suppliers or the trafficing in recipes that never work.

A desktop application for Windows, Linux, Macintosh that you download and install.

  • Insight is a classic glaze chemistry calculator
    It interactively converts recipes to formulas and back. The main Insight window shows side-by-side recipes and their formulas, you can make chemistry changes to one while comparing it with the other.
  • Insight is also a library and a teacher
    It puts at your fingertips a huge amount of information to help you learn the principles of glaze chemistry and it teaches you how to adjust, fix and formulate glazes.
  • It is a database
    You can store all your recipes, picture, material information where you can easily find it.
  • It is a problem solver
    Using our videos, instructional and reference materials and our personal help you can solve problems like crazing, leaching, crawling, pinholing, blistering, etc.

Insight was first released in 1979 and has been used world wide since. It is an excellent teaching tool for demonstrating the principles of formula/analysis/unity, limit formulas, LOI, and material-oxide relationships.

Learning INSIGHT

It is simple: Click Video Tutorials (above left) to learn to use INSIGHT and to formulate, fix and adjust glazes at the same time. The videos will play on any standard PC with Flash installed, but they will also play on iOS, Android or any device that can play a 640x480 mp4 file.

How to Download Desktop Insight

Desktop Insight can be downloaded for free from the Files panel in your account. There is a short video about how to download at You can find it here.

Feature Comparison and More Information

Visit the Digitalfire Help Web App. It is a phone and tablet friendly complete help system for all our products.

What People Are Saying

  • I am in the process of filming a teaching DVD ... I plan to purchase your software as soon as I have spare money in my pottery account. (Right now it is all going to expenses for the DVD...) Again, thanks for checking in with me about INSIGHT. It is a neat program!
  • This is a really lovely program and all of my concerns have been dealt with. Please ignore any comments I have previously left.
  • I am sure this would probably not be an easy fix, but it is one that would be GREATLY appreciated. It would also be appreciated by the hundreds of potters I recommend Insight to every year... Overall, Insight has greatly increased my understanding of how to alter glazes. Before Insight, it felt like I was doing surgery with a pocket knife, now I have all the modern operating tools at my disposal. Thanks for making Insight available for us Luddites!
  • My goal is to reformulate and simplify many of my old cone 9-10 glazes to cone six, substitute ingredients for materials no longer available and remove any ingredient that now has been found to be toxic or questionable. Of all the software I reviewed so far, I have found yours to be the best and easiest to use. Your tutorials are also excellent.
  • Tony, thank you, this has already been very helpful. I've been doing some tinkering with INSIGHT and see that the program really allows you to see past the items in a recipe to the oxide functions they are contributing to a glaze.
Click here to see all 409

Question about INSIGHT?

Your email address


Your Name


DigitalFire Logo

1 - 530 Allowance Ave SE, Medicine Hat, Alberta Canada T1A 3E3
FAX: (403) 527-7508
Privacy Policy