Michael Simmons Shino Glaze

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%
EPK                                           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.

This water jar was in the back part 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.

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2 Responses to Michael Simmons Shino Glaze

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  2. Urbain Jean-Pol says:


    Je suis céramiste belge et je travaille l’émail “shino” depuis quelques années et je recherche la formule d’un émail blanc craquelé avec retirement type “hagi white glaze” pour une cuisson en réduction au cône 10.
    Merci pour une réponse.

    I have used google translate on the computer to make a translation for you.


    I am Belgian ceramist and I work the glaze ” shino ” since a few years and I look for the formula of a white glaze cracked with retirement tyte ” hagi white glaze ” for a cooking in reduction in the cone 10.
    Thank you for an answer.

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