Spodumene, also known as triphane, is a lithium aluminum silicate material.
Lithium is a powerful flux, and reduces the vitrification temperature required for a body to mature.
It also cuts down on shrinkage.Compared to lithium carbonate on its own, however, spodumene melts a bit more readily.
Spodumene is good for copper-blue toned glazes, and promotes a matte surface.
Spodumene can be found in many places around the world, including the US, Canada, China, and Chile, but this spodumene is from Australia.