Ceramic artist Matthew Hyleck

Matthew Hyleck is masterful in his application of  Shino , essentially working with a family of glazes derived from the American Shino which was adapted from the  traditional Japanese Raku glaze. The contemporary American Shino  glaze is attributed to Virginia  Wirt who developed it in 1974 while she was a student at the University of Minnesota. Her glaze, which added soda ash and spodumene to the base of feldspar and clays, was the first American Shino. Many variations have spawned from Wirt’s original formula. Matthew is currently the Education Coordinator at the  Baltimore Clayworks.

Matthew Hyleck Shino Cup


Matthew  works with commercially manufactured stoneware and porcelain clay, changing clay specifically in response to the intended glaze finish for each piece. ” Some of my glazes respond directly to the iron contained in the stoneware or, inversely, to the absence of iron in the porcelain. ” All works are bisque fired to cone 04 (1922°F) in an electric kiln and glaze fired to Δ10 (2345°F) in a propane downdraft reduction kiln.

Matthew Hyleck ceramic dish

Stoneware Server -shino wax overlay Δ10 reduction


Matthew’s Statement :      My ceramic works are informed directly by my love for natural objects coupled with a passion for utilitarian form.  Natural forms and symbols are always finding their way into my work. My current works have evolved from my search for place and the placement of particular objects within a defined landscape environment. The interaction between an objects ability to shape it’s environment is what I look to capture through my functional work. I am exploring the ways in which the landscape changes through the seasons; specifically how a field is defined by its location, refined by its designated purpose and constrained by it fenced borders. ”

” My goal is to create utilitarian pots for every day use, simple forms that speak primarily about functionality and the intimacy gained through daily use. The life of a pot becomes complete only when it is used and so I strive to make work not for the shelf but for the table. ”



Matthew Hyleck Shino Pitcher

Stoneware Pitcher, ash, Δ10 reduction



Porcelain Bottle Matthew Hyleck with twin handles

Porcelain Bottle – Shino, wood, salt, soda, Noborigama Δ11



Shino Porcelain Bottle with twin handles and lid

Shino, wood, ash, Δ10



Stoneware Salad bowls by Matthew-Hyleck

Stoneware Salad Bowls

Shino Wax Overlay Δ10 reduction




Chevron set by Mathew Hyleck

Chevron Set

Stoneware , Shino ,ash Δ11 reduction

Clover Stoneware Platter created by Matthew-Hyleck

Clover Platter-Seam with Pools

Stoneware , Shino ,ash Δ10 reduction



Stoneware platter with twin handles by Matthew-Hyleck

Clover Platter Four “u”s



Contemporary cookie caddy - Matthew-Hyleck

Cookie Caddy

Stoneware, shino, oxide, ash,  Δ10 reduction



Shino Spice jar by Matthew-Hyleck

Spice Caddy

Stoneware, shino, ash,  Δ10 reduction



Oval serving bowl - Matthew-Hyleck

Oval Serving Bowl


Stoneware teabowl with mottled surface by Matthew-Hyleck

Stoneware Teabowl

Shino , wood ash, Δ10 reduction




Shino bowl by Matthew-Hyleck

Shino Bowl



Stoneware bourbon flask by Matthew-Hyleck

Stoneware Bourbon flask



Stoneware teapot made by Matthew-Hyleck

Stoneware Teapot and Saucer – Matthew Hyleck

Shino Wax overlay,  Δ10 reduction



Tall yunomi vessel by Matthew-Hyleck

Tea Bowl -Stripes Yunomi – Matthew Hyleck


Matthew-Hyleck-working in his studio

Matthew Hyleck

Dinner plate by Matthew-Hyleck

Dinner Plate

Click here  for Matthew Hyleck’s website



1 Comment

  1. Erik Painter
    Posted June 18, 2012 at 3:18 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for showing the pots. I really like many of them. One little note however. Shino is not in the family of raku glazes. It is a high fire glaze, raku is low fired and heavily reduced. Shino is always a feldspathic glaze, american raku comes in all sorts. Japanese raku made by the Raku family descendants is almost always all black or red. Shino is thought to descend from Tenmokku glazes. The first shino was in the Mino and Seto regions in the late 1500’s in Japan and was almost all feldspar with a little clay or kaolin and ash. It was mostly white occasionally with carbon trapping and orange reduction spots. Often there was simple iron oxide drawings under it. Many had intentional crawling and pitting. In nezumi shino it was grey applied over iron slip that was carved through. Cheers! 🙂

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