Foundations

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.).
  • Foundations Opaque glazes were designed to mature at a shelf cone 06 (999° C).  
  • When applying Foundations over a large surface area we recommend a broad, soft brush, such as a 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).

Coverage Guidance

  • 10 inch dinner plate, 3 coat application front and back: Approx. 3floz. 
  • 6 inch tile, 3 coat application top surface only: Approx. 1floz or less.

Allow extra for students that tend to “goop” product on rather than apply 3 coats, and to plan for the unexpected in a classroom situation!

Mayco Foundations family of glazes

Usage Variations & FAQs

Mayco has tested the Foundations® Opaque glazes on clay with successful results. Apply 2-3 coats of Foundations® over the entire piece, leaving an area unglazed such as a back or bottom to allow for out gassing. Clay should be totally dry before firing. Fire to shelf cone 04 (1060° C).

Many Foundations® Opaques can be fired to cone 6. Darker colors - green, red, blue, orange, purple - will maintain much of their original color value (they may darken a bit compared to cone 06 results). Lightly pigmented colors - pink, yellow, tan, lighter purples - will fade. Always test to see if this application variance will work on your specific project. Also test for fit with the cone 6 clay body you are using. The cone 6 color information is found on the left had side of the label for each Foundation.

Sheers can be used to build layers of color over design work, behaving much like a tinted clear glaze. When used on a detail piece, Sheers will tend to gather and pool around raised and incised areas, deepening the color in those areas. Used as an all-over cover Sheers can provide an elegant and rich surface on dinnerware and home décor pieces.

Mayco has tested the Foundations® Sheers glazes on clay with successful results. Apply 2-3 coats of Foundations® over the entire piece, leaving an area unglazed such as a back or bottom to allow for outgassing. Clay should be totally dry before firing. Fire to shelf cone 04 (1060° C). Always test on your clay body to make sure this application variance will work for you.

Many Foundations® Sheers can be fired to cone 6. Darker colors - green, red, blue, orange, purple - will maintain much of their original color value (they may darken a bit compared to cone 06 results). Lightly pigmented colors - pink, yellow, tan, lighter purples - will fade. Always test to see if this application variance will work on your specific project. Also test for fit with the cone 6 clay body you are using. The cone 6 color information is found on the left had side of the label for each Foundations®.

Mayco has tested the Foundations® Matte glazes on clay with successful results. Apply 2-3 coats of Foundations® over the entire piece, leaving an area unglazed such as a back or bottom to allow for outgassing. Clay should be totally dry before firing. Fire to shelf cone 04 (1060° C). Note: Foundations® Matte will begin to generate a gloss finish at higher temperatures.

Foundations® Matte glazes will become glossy at higher temperatures. Color will be maintained but you lose the matte finish.