MAYCO ELEMENTS – EL101 – OYSTER SHELL (PT)
Inspired by aspects of nature, Elements™ and Elements™ Chunkies produce lush, organic, and earthy hues. This high-performance art glaze gives the artist a wide variety of options in one product as the application, firing temperature and shape will influence the outcome. Elements ™ and Element ™ Chunkies were designed to simulate the aesthetic, movement and interest of mid-range and high fire glazes in a cone 06/05 oxidation kiln firing.
Elements™ and Element™ Chunkies are designed to mature at cone 06/05. Apply 2-3 coats to shelf cone 04 bisque, allow to dry between coats. As movement and flowing are characteristics of these glazes, taper off toward the bottom of the ware to prevent glazes from running off the piece onto kiln shelves. Elements™ and Elements™ Chunkies can be fired at higher temperatures but will change in appearance. We recommend testing prior to use. The ever-popular FN-215 Aztec Jade, FN-217 Evergreen Fir, FN-218 Green Sapphire, and FN-219 Lustre Green are now part of the Elements product family as their performance characteristics are similar.
- Uneven glaze application can affect the look of the glaze. We recommend application in one direction.
- Allow ample room for air circulation in the kiln during the firing process as heat work and adequate oxygen can influence the glaze appearance.
- Many of the Elements™ produce interesting effects at higher firing temperatures (cone 6) but will change color. We recommend testing to determine color, surface characteristics, and movement prior to use.
The following application recommendations are based upon the original product development intent and use for the product. Information on alternative application methods is listed in the section “Usage Variations and FAQ’s”. Shake for 5-6 seconds before use. Dispense glaze onto a palette (tile, plate, etc.) and apply with a soft brush or decorating accessory of choice (sponge, stamp, etc.). Dipping your brush directly into the jar could contaminate the jar’s contents, especially if you are using other glazes. Apply 3-4 coats to your piece. Elements™ glazes were designed to mature at a shelf cone 06 (999° C or 1830º F). When applying them over a large surface area we recommend a broad, soft brush, such as a CB-604 #4 Soft Fan Brush or CB-618 #8. Moisten the brush with water first. Try to get the brush fully saturated (loaded) and apply each coat in the same direction. When the wet look has gone from the first coat, you may apply the next coat of glaze. Make sure the glaze has dried thoroughly prior to firing. A medium ramp/firing rate is recommended (250°F per hour) at shelf cone 06.
- An uneven glaze application, the piece’s shape, and surface texture can affect the fired finish.
- Amount of detail on the ware can also affect the fired finish
- Allow the pieces ample room in the kiln for air circulation during firing. A heavily loaded kiln will affect the color and the float within the colors as will the firing at temperature cone 06 versus cone 05.
- Some Elements™ may produce pleasing effects when fired to a higher firing temperature (cone 6); all will change color Click here to view the Mid-Range firing guide (Adobe PDF on Mayco’s website).
The Elements™ and Elements™ Chunkies glazes are a mix of AP Non-Toxic and CL (Health Caution). Some Elements™ glazes are not to be recommended for dinnerware produced from low fire earthenware clay bodies as these glazes can exhibit surface textures such as cracks and crevices. While the glazed surface may pass lead & cadmium leach tests, and therefore legally considered Food Safe, attempts to adequately clean the textured surface may cause the underlying porous ware to absorb water and fail.Elements™ glazes, when applied to stoneware clay bodies that reach vitrification, can be considered dinnerware safe if used according to the manufacturer’s directions.
Usage Variations & FAQs
Q: Can Elements™ be Mixed with Other Glazes?
A: Using Elements™ with Pottery Cascades creates beautiful effects. However, intermixing Elements with other glazes is unpredictable; make test samples first to see if the fired result is the desired effect.
Q: What are some basic tips for creating effects with Elements™?
A: Apply to properly fired shelf cone 04 bisque. Use a soft fan or glaze brush, depending on the area and surface to be covered. Generally, three- four coats of glaze are recommended. However, applying four coats will produce a totally different look. For a different effect, brush on three coats and apply a final fourth coat using a silk or sea wool sponge. An uneven glaze application and the ware’s shape and surface (plain or embossed) will also affect the look of the glaze.
Q: Are Elements™ lustre compatible?
A: When Elements™ are re-fired to lower lustre temperatures (shelf cone 018-020), the original glaze color changes. If this is not the desired effect you will not want to apply lustres over them. However, you may find the re-fired finishes to be desirable. Our advice is to experiment and make test samples using lustres with the specific Element™ glaze with which you are using.
Q: What recommendations do you have for firing Elements™ to cone 6?
A: Many Elements™ create beautiful effects when used with stoneware in a cone 6 firing environment. Cone 6 color results can be found on the left-hand side of the label giving a description of the fired results at cone 6. Care must be used in the application as Elements will be quite fluid and move during the firing process. Keep away from the bottom of ware by tapering toward the bottom of the piece or create a natural stop with another glaze. Many of the Elements™ produce interesting effects at cone 6 but will change color. We recommend testing to determine color, surface characteristics, and movement prior to use. Testing should also be done to determine if this glaze fits the cone 6 clay body you are using. Click here for the Mid-Range firing guide (Adobe PDF)