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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. For the $15 that the account costs you will be able to download the free desktop Insight installer. But you will have 6 months access to, a much more powerful product. With that you may decide not to bother with desktop Insight! 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 now that Insight-live is here?

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.

More about Desktop Insight

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.

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

What People Are Saying

  • After trying several different programs I feel this one is the easiest to work with and is the best for the way I work.
  • Well done on this excellent product.
  • I have just finished the glaze calculation course given by Ron Roy at Loyalist College. I very much enjoyed using your software and I would like to purchase Level 2.
  • I love INSIGHT!
  • INSIGHT very very good logical. No understand every possibility. Sorry for language.
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