Elements were designed to simulate the aesthetic, movement and interest of mid range and hire fire glazes in a cone 06, oxidation kiln firing.  The level of variegation exhibited by theses glazes can be influenced by factors such as the number of coats applied, combinations with other glazes, body surface textures, kiln atmosphere and temperatures. Elements will move - some more than others.  Understanding each glaze's temperament, how each glaze can be applied, will lead to more successful results.

Product Features and Attributes

Some qualities of Elements glazes include:

  • Free Flowing Formula - allows glaze to move and variegate - on its own or in combination with other glazes
  • Non-Toxic

Application Recommendations:

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 your brush or decorating accessory of choice (sponge, stamp, etc.). Dipping your brush directly into the jar could contaminate the jar's contents, especialy if you are using other glazes.

Apply 3 coats to your piece.  On vertical pieces: taper the coats towards the bottom of the piece to prevent against glaze running off the ware.

Elements glazes were designed to mature at a shelf cone 06 (999° C).  When applying them over a large surface area we recommend a broad, soft brush, such as a CB-604 #4 Soft Fan Brush. Try to get the brush fully saturated (loaded) and apply each coat in the same direction.

Make sure the glaze has dried thoroughly prior to firing. A medium ramp/firing rate is recommended (250°F per hour).


  • An uneven glaze application, the piece’s shape and surface texture can 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.
  • Some Elements may produce pleasing effects when fired to cone 6; all will change color


elements_bottles_smallVariegation & Movement

Use as a solid coating Elementswill develop floating color and waves of varying tone.




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MB122_Element_mugGlaze Combinations

Elements Pottery Cascades and Stroke & Coat are combined to create this organic design.

The glazes interaction produces new hues and visually appealing textures.



(Click here for "Cascading Cup" project details)



African_Artifact_TileUse in Design

The earthy, rustic look of Elements glazes helps project an ancient quality to this tile "artifact."

Two new Elements, EL-125 Sahara Sands and EL-129 Slate, are combined to create a base on which UG-50 Jet Black underglaze is used to create a primitive design.


(Click here for "Primitive Artifact Tile" project details)



black_ice_stoned_denimHigher Fire Potential

While designed for cone 06 some Elements do well at cone 6 - on their own our in combinations with Mayco's Stoneware Glazes.

This technique features EL-120 Black Ice underneath SD-101 Stoned Denim, fired to cone 6





Q: Can Elements be Mixed with Other Glazes?
A: Using Elements with Pottery Coat, and Pottery Cascade 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 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 Elementslustre compatible?
A: When Elements are re-fired to lower lustre temperatures (shelf cone 018-020), the original glaze color changes. If this is not a desired effect you will not want to apply lustres over them.  However, you may find he re-fired finishes to be desirable.  Our advice is to experiment and make test samples using lustres with the specifc Element™ with which you are using.

Q: Your label states that Elementsare "Food Safe", yet you also include the statement "May not be suitable for food surfaces due to surface characteristics"?
A: Food Safety is determined by standards established by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).  ASTM method C-738 and C-927-80 are "leach tests"; the tests involve measuring the chemical composition of an acidic food before exposure to a glazed surface and the chemical composition after a several days.  If the levels of glaze materials found in the food are below the established limits, the glaze can be marketed as "Food Safe."

Glazes that create dimensional surfaces also create crevices and nooks that can trap food - even after washing.  This food can develop bacterial growth and cause health issues. Our policy is to discourage the use of textural glazes on ware that is intended for food usage even though the glaze has met all food safety criteria.

Q: What recommendations do you have for firing Elementsto cone 6?
A: Many Elements™ create beautiful effects when used with stoneware in a cone 6 firing environment. Care must be used in application as Elements will be quite fluid and move during the firing process. Keep away from bottom of ware or create a natural stop with another glaze.




"Stir. Apply 3 coats to shelf cone 04 (1060° C) bisque using a soft fan brush. Fire to shelf cone 06 (999° C). NOTE: Firing temperature, length of fire and number of coats will produce color and surface variations. Do not spray apply without proper personal protective equipment. Food Safe, Non Toxic and Non Hazardous when used according to manufacturer's directions.  May not be suitable for food surfaces due to surface characteristics.  For more information, refer to MSDS at www.maycocolors.com."


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