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  1. Hi~ I have been doing some research myself on the shino glazes, and here is a bit of information that might help. There is a huge difference between the original Japanese or Korean shino and the North American shino. I use "American" in the true sense of the word, but there is even a difference between Canadian and US shino. To quote John Baymore, "Like American Raku, American Shino has evolved into a more flashy, dramatic, overstated version of its tea-ware brethren in Japan." (http://www.potters.org/subject13657.htm/, 29 May, 2011.) Traditional Japanese shino is made specifically in Japan's Mino region. I was able to spend time with an amazing Master Potter from this region who uses the traditional shino. Yoshida Yoshihiko has worked his entire life making pottery, and learned from Living National Treasures Hamada Shoji and Arakawa Toyozo (1894-1985), working as an apprentice with Arakawa for 13 years. When I asked Yoshida about his shino, I was amazed to find that he used 100% local feldspar. It is worthwhile to look at Yoshida's work and history. Here in North America, I have found that shino formulas typically use only 60-85% feldspar. A good resource, if you take the time to wade through the material, is http://edouardbastarache.blogspot.com/ - he has a huge amount of material. I could go on, but hopefully this might be enough help. Jeffrey
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