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These are porcelain and stoneware mugs. The glaze is G2571D (based on the fritted G2571B version of G2571A). This project started with calculations to source boron from a frit (instead of Gerstley Borate), MgO from talc and a frit (instead of dolomite). These moves enabled eliminating raw silica from the recipe. This produced a finer silky texture and better melt fluidity (for hosting colors). Adding rutile and zircopax produced a great bamboo. But what about variegating using titanium instead of rutile (it contains no iron so colors should be brighter)? Look what happens with this red stain! The titanium has done it's job even a little too well (creating a slightly more abrasive surface). Cobalt and titanium also worked. Imagine if other stains would produce dramatic results like this, each with the amount of titanium tuned to it!