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This compilation of matte glazes recipes covers the mid-range area, from about Orton cone 3 to cone 6, or 2095-2175°F / 1145-1190°C. As with all pottery glazes and glaze materials, use the proper safety precautions when mixing these glazes.

Do take into account that matte glazes are generally not the best idea for dinnerware or other pottery that can be used for food or drink. This is due to the surface, which allows bacteria more places to latch on than a gloss glaze does.

Good Matte, Cone 6

Caution: Poisonous Raw Materials; Not for Use on Dinnerware.

  • Potash feldspar 18.2
  • Calcium carbonate 14.7
  • Barium carbonate 29.4
  • EPK (kaolin) 21.0
  • Silica oxide 16.7

Cratered Matte, Cone 6

  • Talc 45.5
  • Lepidolite 54.5
  • Bentonite 2%

Dry White, Cone 5

  • Silica oxide 24
  • EPK 10
  • Potash feldspar 40
  • Calcium carbonate 10
  • Dolomite 15

Smooth Stony, Cone 6

Caution: Poisonous Raw Materials; Not for Use on Dinnerware.

  • Nepheline syenite 40.7
  • Calcium carbonate 9.1
  • Zinc oxide 3.9
  • Magnesium carbonate 2.6
  • Barium carbonate 12.5
  • Kaolin 5.8
  • Silica oxide 25.4

Neat White Matte, Cone 5

Caution: Poisonous Raw Materials; Not for Use on Dinnerware.

  • Silica oxide 30
  • EPK 3
  • Nepheline syenite 40
  • Calcium carbonate 10
  • Dolomite 10
  • Barium carbonate 7

Patterned Matte, Cone 6

  • Lepidolite 50.3
  • Calcium carbonate 19.9
  • Silica oxide 29.8
  • Bentonite 2%

Satin Matte, Cone 3 - 7

  • Potash feldspar 60
  • Calcium carbonate 12
  • Zinc oxide 2
  • Kaolin 11
  • Silica oxide 15
  • *** red iron oxide 2% for celadon

Semi-Matte, Cone 5

Caution: Poisonous Raw Materials; Not for Use on Dinnerware.

  • Potash feldspar 40
  • Calcium carbonate 6
  • Barium carbonate 7.5
  • Zinc oxide 6.1
  • Talc 2
  • Kaolin 5
  • Ball caly 3.8
  • Silica oxide 18.2

Shaner Matte Base, Cone 6

  • Potash feldspar 32.25
  • Nepheline syenite 32.25
  • Calcium carbonate 21.5
  • Talc 4.3
  • EPK 9.7
  • *** Shaner Gold -- bone ash 6%, rutile 4%, red iron oxide 4%
  • *** Shaner Red -- bone ash 4%, red iron oxide 4%

Ellen's Halloween, Cone 6

Satin to full matte; yellows through browns in color.

Caution: Poisonous Raw Materials; Not for Use on Dinnerware.

  • Potash feldspar 53
  • Calcium carbonate 22
  • Barium carbonate 16
  • EPK 9
  • *** yellow ochre 5%
  • *** rutile 2%

Albany Black Satin, Cone 6

Brown Satin Matte, Cone 5

  • Albany slip 85
  • Lithium carbonate 5
  • Tin oxide 10
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