All About Shino

Coyote Shino Glaze Plate

We love all these new Shinos on the market from Spectrum and Amaco Glaze Companies. However, “Shino” is one of those things… you know it when you see it. Read further to learn a bit more about what it means to be a “shino” glaze.

Shino, historically, refers to a family of glazes which were popular in Japan during the 16th-17th centuries. In the Mino/Seto region during the Momoyama period (1568-1600) the first Shino glaze was created using local feldspars and clay. This type of shino is characterized as an opaque, white glaze that, in many case, had a texture of pinholes or crawling because of it’s thick application and chemical makeup. The imperfect texture is considered beautiful and creates an individualized personality for the pottery. As the popularity of the multi-chambered noborigama kilns rose, so did the desire for oribe pottery, forcing the shino into obscurity.

In the 1930s a pair of Japanese potters developed the first modern interpretation of Shino glaze. Then in the 1970s, an American student developed her take on the historic Shino glaze, which has become known as the American Shino. The varieties of color found with Shino glaze range from milky white to bright orange, and occasionally grey.These glazes use soluble soda ash and spodumene to create different effects during firing such as spotting and variations with color and texture.

If you don’t fire to cone 10 in a gas kiln or have your own glaze mixing area in your studio there are some fantastic options if you love the Shino look. Currently, you can find cone 5/6 Shino glazes with Amaco, Coyote and Spectrum who have all created their own interpretations of Shino glaze. Each line offers consistency and stability with a beautiful palette of choices to spice up your ceramic work.



Stone Leaf Pottery has a full line of Shino Glazes as well as Celadon Glazes, clear glazes, matte glazes, low fire glazes, high fire glazes, and mid fire glazes in our store. Come visit us and check out all the glaze possibilities. Photo of shino cookie plate glazed with Coyote Shino glaze by pottery Terri Baldwin.