Shin Shioda went to the Vienna international exposition with Sukejiro Notomi (1873). He was sent to the Philadelphia exposition (1876). While there, wrote a history of Japanese pottery which served as an explanatory for a collection of ancient Japanese ceramics at the South Kensington Museum in London. It was published in a book form under the title, "Japanese Pottery."
After returning to Japan, he and Notomi opened a pottery at Koishikawa, Tokyo, with Shioda as director. It was equipped with a flat kiln of the Notomi style, which was a forerunner of the Wagner type. Wagner's Asahi-yaki pottery was first made there on an experimental basis.
He is also credited with having induced Kozan Miyakawa, a talented potter, to abandon producing the vulgar type of chinaware that suited the taste of foreigners to concentrate on creating elegant, artistic works of traditional style.
He was a leader of industrial designers and, as a secretary of the Agriculture and Commerce Ministry, was chiefly responsible for the establishment of its commercial museum. He also established a commercial museum in Tientsin, North China.
He traveled abroad four times and contributed much to the promotion of Japanese arts and crafts.