Shino Splendor Special Exhibition

Curated by Professor Joe Hicks

Presented by JICC, Embassy of Japan in collaboration with District Clay Gallery

Explore all the different varieties of Shino glaze work, from its Japanese roots to the innovative techniques that have been introduce to this glaze in the 20th and 21st centuries. Shino ware are famously finicky glazes with dozens of factors influencing how the glaze turns out. This includes everything from how thickly the pot is glazed, how long it is allowed to dry, how hot or old the outside temperature is, and of course how the pot is fired. Every firing is different and each piece of Shino ware has a story to tell. The pieces selected for the show highlight the versatility and beauty that glaze design, application, and the fire of the kiln combine to create such exciting and enduring result.

The pieces on exhibit at the JICC represent some of the best work from District Clay’s Shino Splendor Show, on exhibit at the District Clay Gallery from October 29th until November 27th. The Shino Splendor Show is the first national Shino Show in the United States since 2010. The Shino vessels in this Show are evidence of persistent inquiry, and the development of new aesthetic principles and processes through investigating the relationships involving the physical nature of clay materials, form and compositional design, and the ceramic process. The artists in the Show seek to control the radiant energy of fire to transcendentally engage with, and decorate the surfaces of my vessels. This interaction between atmosphere and material is unpredictable, and provides endless investigation in colliding randomness with structure, challenging ideas of control. These vessels become individual artifacts capturing and forever displaying the alliance between process and material.


The District Clay Gallery Show has been produced in conjunction with a special Shino Workshop at the District Clay Center which is being led by Show curator, Joe Hicks. Since 2001, Joe Hicks has been living in Washington DC where he moved after receiving a BA in Art from Shippensburg University in 2000. He enrolled at The George Washington University where he studied for three years earning his MFA in Ceramics in 2005. Joe Hicks was a Professor of Ceramics at The George Washington University and then became the head of the ceramics program at Marymount University. The climax of the Shino Workshop will be a special Carbon Trap firing in District Clay’s gas reduction kiln for ware brought by workshop participants.

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