From multiple firings of an anagama over the past few years, I’ve experimented with different shino glazes in search of a glaze that has the color and surface quality that appeals to me the most by enhancing my forms and slip decoration. Shino glazes form a family of glazes that range in color from milky white to orange and red. American Shino glazes are based on the glazes used for traditional Japanese shino ware, though with American Shino the firing process and surface quality of the glazes can very different from traditional Japanese Shino. Some American Shinos become charcoal gray under the correct atmospheric conditions in the kiln from a process called carbon trapping.
I like the thick rustic look of shino. You can achieve very different results with a shino glaze simply applying the glaze in a range of thicknesses. Shino can emphasize and obscure the surface texture on a piece.
I would like to share a glaze recipe that I created through experimentation that has worked very well with my clay body. My shino recipe forms some very nice crazing and crawling patterns.
Michael Simmons Shino Glaze recipe by weight:
Custer Feldspar 35.0%
Nepheline Syenite 19.0%
Kona F-4 Feldspar 20.0%
Australian Spodumene 6.0%
Tennesse #1 Ball Clay 8.0%
Soda Ash 4.0%
Bentonite 2.0% (add to dry mix before adding water)
This macha chawan was in the very front of the anagama kiln.
If you try out my glaze recipe send me a link to a photo of how it came out with your work.