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How Low Can You Go? Ten Tried and True Low Fire Glaze Recipes Available for Download!

There are loads of possibilities for great surfaces in the low fire temperature range, from textured to matt, or majolica to glossy transparent glazes. To illustrate the potential of the low firing range, we have put together Ten Tried and True Low Fire Glaze Recipes: Recipe Cards for our Favorite Low Fire Ceramic Glazes. Today, I am posting a sample recipe from this collection — a dry lithium glaze with a great texture —  but you can download (for FREE!!) the whole package on our free gifts page. – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.
HK Dry Lithium Base 1 Glaze Recipe
Cone 010 Oxidation
Glaze Material
Lithium Carbonate 27.55%
Bentonite 3.06
6 Tile Kaolin 15.31
Silica/Flint (Vansil W-20) 54.08
Total 100%

For Salmon Pink:
Manganese Dioxide 5.00%
For Burnt Salmon Red:
Black Copper Oxide 3.50%
Manganese Dioxide 3.00%
For Granite Gray:
Nickel Oxide 5.00%
For Oyster Shell White:
Black Iron Oxide 3.00%
Vanadium Stain 1.00%
For Limestone Green:
Black Copper Oxide 3.00%
Rutile 4.50%

 * Caution should be exercised when working with and around ceramic raw materials. Wear a respirator when working with the dry materials, make sure your kiln is well ventilated, and that your workspace is separate from your kiln area.


These dry lithium glazes are applied to earthenware and fired up to cone 04. To retain application texture and dry surface quality, fire only to cone 010. Multiple firings may be necessary for color intensity and depth. Shivering may occur if the glaze firing is prolonged. The recommended firing schedule is to turn up the kiln (electric) one third every two hours, so that the kiln is on high in four hours.

This recipe is included in 10 Tried and True Low Fire Glaze Recipes: Recipe Cards for our Favorite Low Fire Ceramic Glazes, which is free to Ceramic Arts Daily subscribers.