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Chemistry and Ceramics
Considering the chemical make up of glazes and clay bodies can help you develop your own recipes or adjust your favorites to suit your needs. Some important considerations can be melting temperature, the coefficient of expansion, solubility, colour and toxicity. On this page you will find resources to help you dive deeper into the chemistry of ceramics.
You can search these databases with the chemical name of a material to find out more information.
Digitalfire Reference Database
This database is for ceramic artists and discusses the chemistry of materials and the fired properties of glazes and clay bodies.
Online Glaze Calculator
Allows you to view the chemical formula, cone range, and coefficient of expansion of a glaze or clay recipe. You can enter in an already existing recipe and then substitute alternative materials to explore new recipes or construct your own.