Are your students ready to take the next step in their ceramics education?? Stoneware provides a new fired art option for your classroom which allows you to diversify your lesson plans and keep the magic of the kiln alive in your students’ minds.

Why Stoneware?

Mayco Stoneware Bisque ranges from mugs and dinnerware to serving pieces and home décor. The bisque is soft-fired to cone 04/03 which makes them user-friendly during glaze application, layering and firing. Mayco Stoneware has been formulated to not only Stoneware glazes, but also Stroke & Coat. How perfect since you have that in your studio! To see how Stroke & Coat colors will fire at Cone 6, check the label on the bottle to see how the color changes, if at all. 

Mayco Stoneware Glazes are available in a wide range of colors, textures and opacities including: gloss, matte, variegated matte, ice, opals, wash and crystals. 

In addition to the array of colors and finishes in Stoneware glazes, you can also create detailed designs with Mayco Creative Tools (silkscreens, mats, stamps & stencils) then cover with Stoneware Clear.  Designer Liner may be applied with a brush or with the writer tip onto Stoneware. 

Since Mayco Stoneware is soft-fired, the pieces are more delicate before firing than earthenware. However, they are more durable than earthenware when glaze fired to cone 6. Following are tips on how to store and glaze our Stoneware Bisque.

Stoneware Tips

Glazing Stoneware Tips

Firing Tips

Keeping your Stoneware pieces separate from your earthenware is a good idea to ensure they are fired to the proper temperature (cone 6). Place Stoneware in a separate area or on a separate shelf in your kiln room or place a colored slip of paper with the Stoneware shapes to keep them separate. You may also want to consider having a set day for cone 6 firings so the pieces will be ready in a timely manner

Be sure that your students are properly trained on working with stoneware so that they are comfortable with the process; this makes your customers comfortable. Essentially, stoneware can be decorated with the same techniques as earthenware, but you get the additional option of using Stoneware Glazes to create dramatic looks. 

Create a variety of samples that feature both low-fire and mid-range glazes to inspire students. As you talk about the products, decoration options, and proper application process, students will be able to see what you’re talking about. Students like the idea of decorating shapes in a way that makes them look like “real” pottery, in addition to realizing that they can use the techniques that you have already taught them. 

Creating a series of lesson plans that feature different techniques, shapes or glazes will allow your students to explore Stoneware in a fun, but educational way. Classes could feature: 

Invest some time into experimenting with Stoneware so you’ll be ready to share this outstanding fired art in your classroom. Your students will love the opportunity to work with a diverse new product and you’ll enjoy the new enthusiasm – all while “keeping it in the kiln!”


 sw165 sw166 sw168 sw169 mugs lr

sw172 sw173 sw174 lr

sw170 and sw171 mugs lr


 sw165 Lavender Mist sw166 Norse Blue  sw167 Sand and Sea
SW-165 Lavender Mist SW-166 Norse Blue SW-167 Sand & Sea
 sw168 Coral Sands  sw169 Frosted Lemon sw170 Blue Hydrangea 
SW-168 Coral Sands SW-169 Frosted Lemon SW-170 Blue Hydrangea
 sw171 Enchanted Forest sw172 Macadamia  sw173 Amber Quartz lr 
SW-171 Enchanted Forest SW-172 Macademia SW-173 Amber Quartz
 sw174 Leather    
SW-174 Leather