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Ravenscrag Cone 6 Raspberry Glossy

Code: GR6-E
Modification Date: 2016-09-30 22:44:49
Member of Group: RV6

A chrome-tin burgundy glaze using the Ravenscrag cone 6 base recipe.

Ravenscrag Slip70.064.8%
Ferro Frit 313420.018.5%
Tin Oxide7.56.9%
Chrome Oxide0.50.5%

Firing Schedule

Rate (F)Temp (F)Hold (Min)Step


Chrome-tin (either from the raw materials or a stain) pink and red glazes can be difficult to achieve and keep consistent at cone 6. In ceramics, red is perhaps the most difficult and most expensive color in ceramics. The chemistry of the host glaze has to be sympathetic to the color development, the chrome and tin require high calcium, zero zinc and low boron (if the chemistry is wrong the color will likely be grey). Glazes that do work in this system are normally highly fritted, and as such are more expensive and difficult to work with. However this Ravenscrag base has beautiful working properties, you can do multiple layers and it has all the other benefits imparted by a high Ravenscrag Slip content. However, keep in mind that red is red, it is difficult; test this first on different kinds of clay to determine if is is suitable for you. Again, remember that tin is expensive, it may be better to use a pink or maroon chrome-tin based stain instead (although they are not much lower in price).

Medium to medium thick application is best. Breaks clear around edges to highlight irregularities in the surface. On darker bodies the red color is darker. Slow cooling can matte the surface.

Cone 6 GR6-E Ravenscrag Raspberry glaze

Made using chrome and tin added to the cone 6 Ravenscrag clear base glaze recipe.

Ravenscrag Cone 6 GR6-C white and with 10% Mason 6006 stain

The body is Plainsman M340. This is a good alternative to trying to get a chrome-tin pink or maroon working.

Chrome tin pinks are easier using a stain than chrome and tin

The Ravenscrag Slip based burgundy glaze on the outside of these mugs is made by fluxing Ravenscrag with 20% Ferro Frit 3134 and adding 10% Mason 6006 burgundy stain (actually these have a little less stain, about 8%). This stain works better than using raw chrome and tin. This glaze functions very well on porcelains and breaks white on the edges to highlight contours.

Maroon and white mug before and after firing: What a difference!

The outer glaze is Ravenscrag GR6-E Raspberry, the bright maroon color is a product of the surprising interaction between the 0.5% chrome oxide and 7.5% tin oxide present. That small amount of chrome is only enough to give the raw powder a slight greenish hue, hardly different than the clear liner. While this color mechanism appears to be effective, it is delicate. A maroon stain is actually a better choice. It would fire more consistent would be less hazardous to use. And the raw glaze will be the same color as the fired one!

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