Welcome to the world of color according to Mayco. Mayco has been manufacturing high quality ceramic products for over 50 years, starting in California and then relocating to Ohio in the early 1970’s. Their products are now enjoyed by different ceramic enthusiasts all over the world: hobbyists, potters, educators, contemporary studios and finished ware producers. Mayco works very hard to provide you with consistent, top performing glazes and acrylic stains in a broad range of colors in both non-toxic and health caution formulas, depending on your needs. Their engineers have established very strict quality control procedures to insure that the product you receive performs to the very highest standards. All products are tested by an independent toxicologist and are properly labeled for conformance to ASTM and FDA guidelines.
Mayco created a product guide designed to provide you basic information about their products and application instructions. Below is a preview of some of the helpful information about Mayco products. To view the full Mayco product guide click here.
Stroke & Coat is the premier product to use in the “One Fire” or “1-2-3 Step” method of decorating on bisque. Apply to bisque, let dry, clear glaze and fire, producing a finish that is almost fool proof for everyone from the amateur to the master ceramist. If one coat is applied, you get transparent coverage, two coats give a semi-opaque coverage, and three coats give a solid coverage. The variety of colors is not limited to the palette given, as all are intermixable to obtain intermediate shades. When applied heavily the color will retain some dimensional qualities that give the decorator a useful tool in a variety of techniques. They can also be applied over any non-moving glaze, underglaze, or Astro Gem™ surface. When thinned Stroke and Coat® is applied on top of a Series 2000 Matte surface in a brushstroke design or watercolor technique, Stroke & Coat takes on the underlying matte characteristic of the glaze. Two to three coats on top of a Series 2000 Matte glaze will give a shinier surface.
• Apply to properly fired shelf cone 04 bisque.
• Apply one coat for a translucent look.
• Apply three coats for solid opaque coverage.
• All are intermixable to create a wider color palette.
• True color out of the jar makes design work easier.
• Use a soft glaze brush for ease of application.
• Apply smooth even coats for solid coverage. Dimensional or embossed effects can be achieved when applied heavily.
• Glaze with any clear glaze, dipping or brush-on type.
• Fire to shelf cone 06.
• Dinnerware safe when used with a dinnerware approved clear glaze. All luster compatible. Can be fired up to shelf cone 6. Check High Fire Guide.
• SC-69 Princess Pink and SC-70 Pink-a-Dot are more translucent than the rest of the Stroke & Coat. These colors may take 4 coats to achieve opaque coverage.
• Speckled Stroke & Coat performs in the same manner and has the same characteristics as the opaque Stroke & Coat line.
Stroke & Coat colors range from vibrant brights to pastel shades, and Speckled Stroke & Coats provide a variety of speckled colors for today’s decorating needs. They can be used in a variety of decorating techniques like antiquing, banding, brushstroke work, dimensional accents, glaze butting, Majolica, marbleizing, spattering, sponging, stenciling and watercolor applications. A top coat of a clear glaze or a S-2000 transparent glaze should be applied to the dried color when not applied over an unfired glaze, as in a Majolica technique. This topcoat of glaze can be a clear dipping or a brush on type of clear glaze. Stroke and Coats‚ are resistant to streaking or bleeding of the colors when the top coat of glaze is applied to the dry color, whether it is dipped, sponged or brushed onto the surface. There is no bleeding or running of the colors in the firing process.
Crystalites are a group of crystal glazes that are a new generation in the formulation of non-toxic glazes. Crystalites are a non-toxic glaze combination in a jar. These unique magical potions of colors and rock-like crystals produce dramatic effects that flow and melt during the firing process. Their usage is almost endless in decorating possibilities and is limited only with your imagination. Mayco’s original crystal glazes are a standard in the ceramic hobby market. The introduction of the new Crystalites will set the new standard even higher for the industry. Truly, you will not believe that these are a non-toxic, non-moving glaze like those of the past. Previous lead bearing crystal glazes flowed, allowing the crystals in the glaze to pattern or bloom, producing multi-colored beauty from one jar. Typically, a non-toxic formula creates a stiff glaze that does not allow the crystals to blossom or develop into colorful flowing arrays during the firing. This inhibits the vary nature of what you want to achieve in this type of glaze. Mayco’s lab has formulated this new line of glazes to react like the old lead bearing glazes, but without all of the lead or safety concerns. This new formulation is unlike any other non-toxic crystals on the market today.
Mayco’s new line of Crystalite crystal glazes are non-toxic and certified by ASTM. This means that there is no lead added in their formulation. Crystalites can be used safely by children in schools, institutions or anyone with health concerns. Crystalites are applied using an Oval Glaze or Soft Fan Brush to shelf cone 04 bisque. The fan brush may help more in the even disbursement of the crystals, thus creating a more pleasing pattern to the glaze. Generally two coats of the glaze are applied from the jar after being shaken thoroughly; shake the jar before applying each coat. With the application of the third coat of glaze, the crystals are stirred and shaken to suspend them into the glaze. Due to the nature of the non-toxic formula of the glaze, these crystals settle quicker and may need to be stirred more often while glazing. The brush should be swished down to the bottom of the jar to gather the crystals during the application of the third coat of glaze to insure a good coat of crystals are applied. Remember, that the beauty of these glazes are the disbursement of the crystals to produce an even pattern to the finished piece. Large clusters of crystals can be dispersed or manipulated more easily with a soft fan brush during the third coat. A little attention during the application of the third coat of glaze will produce stunning effects. The flow of the glaze can be great even with these non-toxic glazes. For this reason, the glaze crystals should be tapered off towards the bottom of the piece. The excess of glaze crystals on the bottom of the piece can run, creating unsightly feet or lumps. Interesting patterns may be obtained by placing several rings of crystals in a necklace-like placement around the piece. The glaze may need to be strained in order to separate the crystals for this procedure. The crystals are then applied using a brush or small spoon in a linear necklace-like ring around the piece. This can be several rings in sequential order or in a zigzag pattern to produce the most pleasing effect. The firing temperature of the Crystalites is shelf cone 06, but can be fired up to shelf cone 6. There is no need to fire the glazes any hotter to make the crystals flow, bloom more or to pattern better.
• Apply to shelf cone 04 bisque using an Oval Mop or Soft Fan Brush.
• Apply two coats, shaking the jar before applying each coat. On the third coat, stir and shake the crystals into the glaze. Stir the crystals often during application. Dip the brush down to the bottom of the jar while glazing to pick up the crystals. Apply the third coat while evenly dispersing the crystals over the surface of the ware.
• Avoid placing heavy amounts of large crystals near the bottom of the piece, as some crystals tend to flow more than others.
• Fired to shelf cone 06.
• All are non-toxic.
• Can be used in glaze combinations amongst other non-toxic glazes or Crystalites
Elements are non-toxic glazes in natural earth tones. Surfaces vary from gloss to matte, with subtle variations in each color for a truly unique look. No two pieces will ever be alike. Elements are great for achieving a natural organic look or a sophisticated elegant look.
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 is 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 piece’s shape and surface (plain or embossed) will also affect the look of the glaze.
Elements Chunkies (EL-201 through EL-206) are a Elements base with the addition of crystals. Apply Element Chunkies in the same manner as Element glazes.
Fire to shelf cone 06. 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. Elements may also be fired at higher temperatures, up to a shelf cone 6. These glazes develop their own personalities when high fired.
Color application, firing time and temperature, shape of the piece and placement of pieces in the kiln can all affect the final results. This is part of the beauty and versatility of Elements. Each piece will be uniquely different.
Intermixing Elements with other glazes is unpredictable; make test samples first to see if the fired result is the desired effect. Combining them with other products may alter the chemical composition and change their non-toxic status.
Elements and Element Chunkies are not overglaze compatible. When Elements are fired to lower overglaze firing temperatures (shelf cone 018-020), the original glaze color changes. However some of the matte finish Elements have interesting finishes after an overglaze firing. Experiment and make test samples before using overglazes with Elements.
Crystal glazes are an exciting array of colored glazes that “explode” with jewels of color during the firing process. They consist of a base glaze with pebbles, granules, and specks of contrasting glazes. During the firing, the crystals spread out to produce a burst of color. The base glaze may be gloss or matte; the crystals may be the same type of glaze or a contrasting type. In any case, the mixture is designed to melt and smooth out in the firing. Crystal Glazes are a lead-bearing glaze and should not be confused with the non-toxic crystal glazes called Crystalites.