Matte glaze

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Earthenware vase
MFA# 65.210


Earthenware vase
MFA# 1985.360

A Ceramic glaze with a dull, nonglossy finish. Most slip glazes produce an opaque, matte finish. Matte glazes may sometimes be induced by with additions of Barium sulfate or Alumina. Matte glazes are used on architectural Terracotta.

Synonyms and Related Terms

dull glaze; mat glaze (Br.); mat glazuur (Ned.); vidrado mate (Port.); matt glaze; non-lustrous glaze

Resources and Citations

  • Ralph Mayer, A Dictionary of Art Terms and Techniques, Harper and Row Publishers, New York, 1969 (also 1945 printing)
  • Dictionary of Building Preservation, Ward Bucher, ed., John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York City, 1996
  • Robert Fournier, Illustrated Dictionary of Practical Pottery, Chilton Book Company, Radnor, PA, 1992