Wheel-Thrown Shapes Vase - Large
In the early days of East Fork, many pots were glazed in shino. If you ever took pottery classes, there’s a good chance some of yours were, too. If you didn’t, here’s how it’s pronounced: shee-no. It’s a classic glaze that traces its roots to 16th century Japan. The beauty of shino is, well, the beauty, but there’s also a happenstance and science afoot. With shino, you’ll see colors you’ll want to compare to Champagne, mourning doves, raw honey, fire ants, wood burned to charcoal, your grandparents’ dinner table, everything—all from the same bucket of glaze, sometimes all on one pot.
Sara Melosh, East Fork’s glaze and raw materials technician, writes, "Opening a shino kiln means seeing what yesterday's environment, the glazer's hand, and subtleties in temperature impressed on these special pots—you are never quite sure what you are going to get. Our pieces fall on the shiny bronze to black side of the shino spectrum, reminiscent of the old wood-fired pieces."