Ceramic glaze

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Roman amphora
MFA# 50.1743


A thin, vitreous, opaque coating fired on the surface of a Ceramic body to add color, texture, and/or water resistance. The glaze is typically a colored glass-forming mixture that is applied to the surface of a fired ceramic piece. The ceramic is then refired at a temperature that vitrifies the glaze, but is lower than the original firing temperature. Ceramic glazes are usually mixtures of silicates, colorants, and flux. Examples include: Alkaline glaze, Ash glaze, Bristol glaze, Crystalline glaze, Celadon, oxblood, peach bloom, Glaze, Matte glaze, Raw glaze, Salt glaze, Slip glaze, and Tin glaze.

Glazed earthenware
MFA# 2004.513

Synonyms and Related Terms

glaçure céramique (Fr.); vidrado cerâmico (Port.)

Resources and Citations

  • Ralph Mayer, A Dictionary of Art Terms and Techniques, Harper and Row Publishers, New York, 1969 (also 1945 printing)
  • Robert Fournier, Illustrated Dictionary of Practical Pottery, Chilton Book Company, Radnor, PA, 1992

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