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Translucent glazes are neither opaque or transparent. A good example is a matte glaze that contains no opacifier. Glazes that are opacified will of course have varying degrees of translucency according to the amount of opacifier present. A colored glaze can be transparent, translucent or opaque and the color quality with vary accordingly.

Porcelains can be translucent, for example bone china. The translucency is a product of the degree of melting (the more melted the more translucent it will be) and, or course, the wall thickness. Low TiO2 clays are used to make translucent porcelains.

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