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These glazes usually have very brilliant colors, but are often not durable enough for serving food, because they are too porous.

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Colors of differant earthenware clays

They are usually fired between Cone 015 and 1.

Fluxes affect the melting point, color and texture of a glaze

Some of the flux additives used in these glazes are:

Gerstley Borate

Here are some of the common types of earthenware glazes:


Raku Earthenware

This is a firing process that usually includes an after firing reduction to alter the soft glazes with an exaggerated crackle, metallic luster or opalescent effect.

Terra Sigillata

Terra Sigillata Earthenware

A very soft slip glaze originated by the ancient Greeks.


Majolica Earthenware

Traditionally an opaque tin based glaze with very colorful painted designs.
It began on the island of Majorca in Spain and then was adopted by Italy.
Also called Faience for the Italian city where it thrived.

Overglaze / China Paint

Overglaze Earthenware
This is a ceramic enamel color that is painted on a fired glaze surface and fired a second time at a lower temperature than the first glaze firing, allowing for use of bright red or orange glazes that would otherwise burn out at a higher temperature.

Under Glaze

Underglaze for Earthenware

These are oxides, commercial glazes or stains, painted under the glaze layer before firing.


Earthenware LusterLuster Earthenware

This is a thin film of metallic salts that are reduced either by the medium that holds them when being painted on or introduced in the very low temperature firing.
It is usually applied to an already glazed surface.

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