Recipes for Traditional Ceramics

Bodies, engobes and glazes.

AO - Fa's All-Opaque Base Fara Shimbo Crystalline
B1 - Bory 1 Fara Shimbo Crystalline Glaze
CE - Celestite Fara Shimbo Crystalline Glaze
F5 - Fa's Crystal Number Five
F5-3NO-E1 - Fa's Blue Heaven Fara Shimbo Crystalline
FO - Fa's Octal Crystalline Glaze
G1214M - Original Cone 6 Base Glossy Glaze
G1214W - Cone 6 Transparent Base
G1214Z - Cone 6 Silky Matte
G1215U - Low Expansion Glossy Clear Cone 6
G1216L - Transparent for Cone 6 Porcelains
G1216M - Cone 6 Ultraclear Glaze for Porcelains
G1916Q - Low Fire Highly-Expansion-Adjustable Transparent
G1947U - Cone 10 Glossy Transparent Base Glaze
G2000 - LA Matte Cone 6 Matte White
G2240 - Cone 10R Classic Spodumene Matte
G2571A - Cone 10 Silky Dolomite Matte Base Glaze
G2587 - Floating Blue Cone 5-6 Original Glaze Recipe
G2826X - Randy's Red Cone 5
g2851H - Ravenscrag Cone 6 High Calcium Matte Blue
G2853B - Cone 04 Clear Ravenscrag School Glaze
G2896 - Ravenscrag Plum Red Cone 6
G2902B - Cone 6 Crystal Glaze
G2902D - Cone 6 Crystalline Development Project
G2916F - Cone 6 Stoneware/Whiteware Glossy Base Glaze
G2926B - Cone 6 Whiteware/Porcelain Transparent Base Glaze
G2926J - Low Expansion G2926B
G2926S - Low Expansion version of G2926B
G2928C - Ravenscrag Silky Matte for Cone 6
G2931H - Ulexite High Expansion Zero3 Clear Glaze
G2931K - Low Fire Fritted Zero3 Transparent Glaze
G2931L - Low Expansion Low-Fire Clear
G2934 - Matte Glaze Base for Cone 6
G2934Y - Cone 6 Magnesia Matte Low LOI Version
G3806C - Cone 6 Clear Fluid-Melt Clear Base Glaze
G3838A - Low Expansion Transparent for P300 Porcelain
G3879 - Cone 04 Transparent Low-Expansion Base Glaze
GA10-A - Alberta Slip Base Cone 10R
GA10-B - Alberta Slip Tenmoku Cone 10R
GA10-D - Alberta Slip Black Cone 10R
GA10x-A - Alberta Slip Base for cone 10 oxidation
GA6-A - Alberta Slip Cone 6 Amber Base Glaze
GA6-AR - Alberta Slip Cone 5 Reduction Base Glaze
GA6-B - Alberta Slip Cone 6 Amber Base 2
GA6-C - Alberta Slip Rutile Blue Cone 6
GA6-D - Alberta Slip Glossy Brown Cone 6
GA6-F - Alberta Slip Cone 6 Oatmeal
GA6-G - Alberta Slip Lithium Brown Cone 6
GA6-G1 - Alberta Slip Lithium Brown Cone 6 Low Expansion
GA6-H - Alberta Slip Cone 6 Black
GBCG1 - Frit 3110 Generic Base Crystalline Glaze
GBCG2 - Frit GCC106 Generic Base Crystalline Glaze
GC - GC106 Base Fara Shimbo Crystalline Glaze
GR - GRANITE Fara Shimbo Crystalline Glaze
GR10-A - Pure Ravenscrag Slip
GR10-B - Ravenscrag Cone 10R Gloss Base
GR10-C - Ravenscrag Cone 10R Silky Talc Matte
GR10-E - Alberta Slip:Ravenscrag Cone 10R Celadon
GR10-G - Ravenscrag Cone 10 Oxidation Variegated White
GR10-J - Ravenscrag Cone 10R Dolomite Matte
GR10-J1 - Ravenscrag Cone 10R Bamboo Matte
GR10-K1 - Ravenscrag Cone 10R Tenmoku
GR10-L - Ravenscrag Iron Crystal
GR6-A - Ravenscrag Cone 6 Clear Glossy Base
GR6-B - Ravenscrag Cone 6 Variegated Light Glossy Blue
GR6-C - Ravenscrag Cone 6 White Glossy
GR6-D - Ravenscrag Cone 6 Glossy Black
GR6-E - Ravenscrag Cone 6 Raspberry Glossy
GR6-H - Ravenscrag Cone 6 Oatmeal Matte
GR6-L - Ravenscrag Cone 6 Transparent Burgundy
GR6-M - Ravenscrag Cone 6 Floating Blue
GR6-N - Ravenscrag Alberta Brilliant Cone 6 Celadon
L2000 - 25 Porcelain
L3341B - Alberta Slip Iron Crystal Cone 10R
L3500E - Alberta Slip Cone 6 Amber Base 3 - Low Expansion
L3617A - Synthetic Cornwall Subsitute
L3685U - Cone 03 White Engobe Recipe
L3724F - Cone 03 Terra Cotta Stoneware
L3924C - Zero3 Porcelain Experimental
L3954B - White Cone 6 Engobe Recipe
L3954N - Cone 10R Base White Engobe Recipe
P3998 - Boraq 1 Recipe
P5283 - Boraq 2 Recipe
TF - Tin Foil II Fara Shimbo Crystalline Glaze
VS - Vesuvius Fara Shimbo Crystalline Glaze
WM - Wollast-O-Matte Fara Shimbo Crystalline Glaze
ZZ1 - Zu-Zu Cone 8-9 Fara Shimbo Crystalline Glaze


Recipes here are for demo purposes. Read the explanatory information about how to adjust, how it was formulated, links to similar ones, links to ones earlier or later in the series. There are an unlimited number of ways to make any one of them fail, learn to understand glazes, learn to adjust recipes to work in your circumstances (rather than throw them out and search for one that might have even more problems). Get a good base that does not craze on your clay, that melts right, does not leach, is compatible with your colors, does not settle in the bucket, applies well, etc. Once you have that base you can color it, opacify it, variegate it. But remember, Digitalfire has never been about trading recipes, we teach people to see glazes as oxide formulas instead. Our ultimate hope is that you will learn the chemistry so well that you can use software to prove demonstrate problem with a glaze posting here. That would vindicate the value of glaze chemistry. Be warned, "the illicit trade in glaze recipes" promises a pot of gold that is not there, it will take you down a 20 year road of wasted time.

The industrial ceramic world generally revolves around fancy production machines. But behind the scenes engineers and technicians are the real heroes, they supply the body and glaze recipes that make the machines work and they adapt these to the requirements of the machine. Actually, in most cases this is not true, suppliers actually provide ready-made recipes, the factories just use them and complain to supplier technical support when there are problems. In the pottery world the opposite situation exists. There is a 'recipe culture', tens-of-thousands are available in textbooks and on the internet. Many people carefully guard their recipes, adapting their production techniques and equipment to them (and often exercising great patience tolerating less-than-ideal behaviors).

In both cases the recipes are not generally 'understood' by production staff. That means they are not controlled. People do not know why each ingredient is in a recipe or even what each is. They generally do not understand how a recipe might be adjusted to fix a problem, or, be better adapted to their production situation. Most critically, they do not understand how to evaluate problems and ask the right questions. This is the reason why we recommend a material-centered ceramic knowledge universe and a production situation where technical staff at a facility have control and understanding. Understanding materials means knowing their mineralogy, their physical properties, and most import, their chemistry. Using these materials in recipes means it is necessary to understand how they interact and contribute their their physical properties and oxide chemistry. Recipes in this section are presented with links to material and oxide information, putting them into the proper context. We intend that you adjust any recipe you find here to adapt it to your situation.


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