Jump to content


How Thin Does Ceramic Need To Be For Light To Pass Through It?

  • Please log in to reply
3 replies to this topic

#1 TomD



  • Members
  • Pip
  • 3 posts

Posted 27 March 2014 - 01:47 PM

Hi all, 


I'm looking into making a lamp shade out of ceramic and was wondering how thin does the ceramic layer need to be for light to pass through it? 


And from this how strong/durable would this be? 


Any help appreciated, thanks 



#2 Chris Campbell

Chris Campbell

    clay stained since 1988

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 2,963 posts
  • LocationRaleigh, NC

Posted 27 March 2014 - 04:17 PM

A translucent porcelain would be what you are looking for ... light glows through it when fired to maturity.

Thick for me would be 1/8" but others might have had success thicker.

It would be strong ... the durable depends on the owner.

Chris Campbell

Contemporary Fine Colored Porcelain



" ... If a sufficient number of people are different, no one has to be normal"
Fredrick Bachman

#3 Colby Charpentier

Colby Charpentier

    Advanced Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 213 posts
  • LocationProvidence, RI

Posted 27 March 2014 - 09:17 PM

Just to clarify, this is a property of some porcelain bodies. It's imperative that you're using a body formulated to achieve this effect.

#4 Marcia Selsor

Marcia Selsor

    Professor Emerita, MSU-Billings

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 5,529 posts
  • LocationBrownsville, Texas

Posted 27 March 2014 - 11:01 PM

Frost will pass light at 1/8" maybe more.

Marcia Selsor, Professor Emerita,
Montana State University-Billings

Marcia Selsor Studio in Brownsville, Texas.


0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users