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Learn glaze
chemistry &

You will learn the direct relationships between the way glazes fire and their chemistry

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

  • Insight is a classic ceramic 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 ceramic 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.

Insight + SQLite = Supercharged Database Insight

SQLite is the fastest, smallest, most reliable cross platform database and it is integrated into level 1 and 2 Insight! This is the same database that is in your smart phone, tablet or MP3 player. Read about it at (you can download a command-line shell from there to execute SQL commands on the database).

Insight builds the database automatically at startup (if it does not exist) and imports any existing recipe files it finds. The Insight recipe database is in just one file, it is maintained in the same folder as MDT and recipe files, so it is easy to find and backup. Insight now uses the traditional XML format recipe files as an automatic backup so you can actually erase the database file and it will be rebuilt and the recipes reimported! The previous recipe filing system has not been discarded, but improved: it reads and writes all legacy format recipe files using a standard file open/save dialog. Insight has always been targeted at ceramic calculations but now it also has the best database.

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.


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Feature Comparison

Click links below for more information. References to refer to online version, it is a separate product.
Desktop INSIGHT Version
(to buy click here)
OnLine Version
Level 1
Level 2
Site License
From 3¢/day
Multi-Platform: [Windows] [OSX] [OS9] [Linux] +SmartPhones/Tablets
Works on Cloud Drives Lives in the cloud!
Download privileges expire in 2 months 3 years 4 years 5 years Nothing to download
Continues to run after expiry Read-only
Ceramic chemistry calculation Interactive Interactive Interactive Interactive Passive
Integrates with Digitalfire Reference Library
Maintain materials database as Excel CSV It is a database
Free copy of 4Sight Ceramic Database Does what 4Sight did
Install on many computers for use by many people Has group accounts
Insight-Live account included for duration of key not applicable
Account to administer a group on not applicable
Support for units-of-measure, firing schedules, projects, recipe variations, inter-recipe linking, reference materials and recipes
Unlimited materials, recipes
Physical testing data management
Picture searching, management
Advanced searching, import/export
Side-by-side recipes 2 2 2 2 Unlimited
Side-by-side recipes and materials Unlimited
Features evolve automatically, automatic backup, secure, works on any device with a browser and internet

What People Are Saying

  • My impression is that a large proportion of students passing through Higher Education in Ceramics either are not taught the Chemistry or are not interested in it. It seems that the Aethsetic or Creative side is more important. However maybe I am old school but I believe that you can't build a house unless you know how to lay bricks.
  • I've run hundreds of glaze tests without the aid of software and while I haven't done badly I'm definitely finished with that approach. After modifying a couple of Pete Pinnell's Tomato Red glazes with different materials side-by-side in both INISGHT and xx, the logic of how you've designed your program really impressed me.
  • On the clay side of things - I used Insight to calibrate a glaze substituting Strontium for Barium. Worked out great! Could not have done it without looking at the chemistry. Would have ended up an oxide imbalance if had just done a 1 for 1 replacement.
  • I thank you for creating such an informative program that is going to help me transform into a glaze guru!! I was so excited to finally buy your program. I was ready through the book of fire and getting butterflies just thinking about the programs potential. Glaze chemistry is so overlooked and neglected in schools it's appalling so to have this resource exceptionally wonderful. Thank you.
  • I seriously doubt that I would have an inkling about ceramic chemistry and process without the help you have given me through your programs, books, web site and emails.
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