Shino Glaze

An introduction to the Shino glaze technique
October 27, 2020
Shino Glaze

Shino glaze was first developed in the Momoyama period (1568 – 1600). 

The main characteristic of Shino Glaze is of a satin-like white color, occasionally with bright, red – orange or black spotting, a result of carbon trapping in the firing process.


Shiro Tsujimura, Shino Red Bowl  C10401


The glaze, composed primarily with feldspar, is the first white glaze used in Japanese ceramics. 

Shiro Tsujimura, Shino Sake Cup, C1353P 


Usually in firing a Shino glaze, the potter utilizes an anagama kiln and Shino glaze techniques gave birth to oribe glaze later on. 

Shino glaze ranges in characteristics of milky-white to orange and sometimes with black and grey spotting (characteristic of carbon trapping) 


Shiro Tsujimura, Shino Tea Bowl, C8585


Shino firing tends to use lower temperatures in comparison to celadon and porcelain firing, but fires for a longer period of time with a slow cooling process.

There are many different classes of shino glaze and firing. Some potters formulate the glaze and time the firings for different results, an example of this would be crawling.


Shiro Tsujimura, Shino Tea Bowl, C19746


Crawling is a result of cooling too fast or of the glaze not fitting properly to the clay body. When the artist uses crawling, it creates small bare spots on the surface of the piece, making visible the bare clay body beneath. 


Shiro Tsujimura, Shino Tea Bowl, C19750

This technique creates an interesting visual and is likened to that of an orange peel or of beads


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