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G2934 Cone 6 Matte Low LOI Version

Code: G2934Y
Modification Date: 2017-10-05 14:04:08

Ferro Frit 324910.0
Nepheline Syenite10.5
Calcined Kaolin10.5


This is an MgO matte. High MgO content is a common matting mechanism at cone 10 but also works at cone 6. This recipe has the same chemistry as the widely used G2934, however this one sources much of the MgO from a frit and talc rather than from dolomite. The benefits are a much lower LOI (3.8 vs. 13.6), a smoother fired surface and better melt fluidity (while still very matte).

This glaze has a very low thermal expansion and will not craze an any common clay body. It accepts stains exceptionally well.

This recipe employs a mix of calcined and raw kaolin to keep the drying shrinkage down (to avoid cracking on drying).

We recommend doing cutlery marking test on your ware. If they mark, blend in a little transparent glossy glaze (like G2926B). This will compromise a little of the matteness but will reduce the marking.

1100 water, 1000 powder to get creamy mix.
Regular 2934 (with dolomite) took more water, about 1300. Nicer surface than G2934, same matteness, better fluidity.

An incredible silky matte surface supports wild colors at cone 6 oxidation

An incredible silky matte surface supports wild colors at cone 6 oxidation

This is the G2934Y matte base recipe with only 8% Cerdec Orange encapsulated stain. G2934Y employs a frit-source for the MgO (as opposed to G2934 which sources the MgO from dolomite). The orange color is brighter on the mug on the left because the porcelain is whiter, Plainsman Polar Ice (the other one is #6 Tile Kaolin based, P300). If this was a glossy glaze the required percentage of stain would be higher. Other colors, like yellow, are equally vibrant. But not all, testing is needed.

G2934 vs. G2934Y cone 6 yellow mattes

G2934 vs. G2934Y cone 6 yellow mattes

They have the same chemistry, but Y, on the right, sources MgO from a frit rather than from dolomite. Y is has a more fluid melt so it is not as opaque against the black slip underneath (thus it looks better on translucent porcelains). However its surface is just slightly finer. The Y one appears darker on the porcelain tile but it is actually brighter. The Y version is more likely to fire to a functional matte because it employs a frit to source the MgO (instead of dolomite which is variable from region to region).

Matte glaze cutlery marks. Add 10% glossy glaze to it. No marking.

Matte glaze cutlery marks. Add 10% glossy glaze to it. No marking.

This is G2934Y (a version of the G2934 cone 6 matte base recipe that supplies much of the MgO from a frit instead of dolomite). Like the original, it has a beautiful fine silky matte surface and feels like it would not cutlery mark. But, as you can see on the left, it does! The marks can be cleaned off easily. But still, this is not ideal. The degree of matteness that a glaze has is a product of its chemistry. But can we fix this without doing any chemistry? Yes. By blending this with G2926B clear glossy (90:10 proportions) the marks are gone and the surface is only slightly changed.

Melt fluidity comparison of G2934 matte (left) vs. G2934Y (right)

Melt fluidity comparison of G2934 matte (left) vs. G2934Y (right)

These are 10 gram balls that we melted on porcelain tiles at cone 4 (top two) and cone 6 (bottom two). These recipes have the same chemistry but the Y version (on the right) sources MgO from frit and talc (rather than dolomite). The result is a melt that is much more fluid, yet has the same matte surface (although it appears glossy on these balls, on ware they are identical). As long at the glaze is applied at normal thickness, the extra melt fluidity does not cause any running. One of the benefits is the lower LOI, this produces fewer entrained air bubbles and therefore fewer surface defects. And, Y has less cutlery marking issues. It is actually a very durable and practical food surface glaze.

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