Shino Glazed Pottery
Shino is a glaze that deserves a page all of its own. This category of glaze has Japanese origins but has been reinvented in America. It is a high sodium “carbon trap” glaze. During the early reduction stages of the firing, at about 1500º Fahrenheit, carbon atoms attach to the high amount of sodium in the glaze, creating a multitude of colors and patterns. The results are unpredictable, and involve a certain amount of luck. I set the stage for good things to happen in the firing, trying to repeat what worked before, and then the kiln gods get involved. When I get a good piece, it is a prized object. Come to our galley to see these works in person.