During Momoyama period in the later half of the 16th century Japanese potters developed Japan’s first white glaze called shino with a very unusual surface structure and colour response. Combined with loosely thrown pots and spontaneous deccorations this kind of ware perfectly suited the wabi-sabi aesthetics of the ruling Zen Buddhist tea masters of that era. Outstanding ceramic works were produced making it the golden age of pottery in Japan. Shino disappeared in the early 17th century. Its rediscovery during the 1930th led to a revival of the Momoyama period and had a profound impact on Eastern and Western pottery in the 20th century.
It is not sure where the name shino originated. One theory is that it comes from the word shiro, which means white. The other possibility is that the glaze was named after the tea master Shino Soshin (1444-1523) who owned a white Korean bowl that he admired very much. The story is, that the shino glaze was developed in an attempt to replicate the glaze on this bowl.
Shino is a milky white opaque glaze with an extremely high feldspar content resulting in an imperfect surface. As a glaze, it is in a class of its own, drawing on a totally different aesthetic then other glaze groups. Its most desirable features, such as crazing, crawling and pin holing, are considered to be faults in other glazes. - Elena Renker ( http://www.elenarenker.com/ )
We are lucky to have these vases in limited numbers. Available in various sizes. Recommended for dry or wet applications. Made by local craftspeople in Auckland, NZ.
Vases 1 / 2 / 3 / 8 / 9 best suited to med Ikebana / Bouquet ( potentially large Ikebana also - vase will be a little on the short side )
Vases 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 best suited to med Ikebana / posy / med bouquet.
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