Seagrove Pre-Conference Artists
Invited Guest Artists of Studio Touya include:
Studio Touya is owned and operated by Takuro and Hitomi Shibata
Hitomi Shibata is a Japanese potter who focuses on wood fired ceramics. She and her husband, Takuro Shibata, set up a pottery studio with two wood kilns at their home in Seagrove, NC. She uses wild clays from local sources (from STARworks Ceramics) and makes functional & sculptural ceramics. Wood firing is an important part of the process for her and believes it gives a sustainable energy and brings life into her works. She received a B.Ed in Arts & Crafts (Ceramics) and M.Ed in Fine Arts (Ceramics) from Okayama University, Japan. Hitomi completed programs at Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park (1996-1997), UMass Dartmouth (2001-2002), Cub Creek Foundation for the Ceramic Arts (2003) and NC Pottery Center (2005-2007). She received a Rotary International scholarship (2001-2002) and Daiwa Foundation Grant (2005-2006). She has participated in many shows, exhibitions, workshops and lectures in US, UK and Japan.
Studio Touya Pottery Wood Kilns
Takuro and Hitomi have an Anagama plus two chamber wood-fired kiln, and built a new smaller wood kiln within the last year.
They built their Shigaraki style Anagama (16 feet long, 7 feet wide and 5 feet high) with catenary arch salt chamber (6 feet long, 4 feet wide and 6 feet tall) in 2009-2010. They both were active potters in Shigaraki, Japan, and had many chances to help firing many different wood-fired kilns in US & Japan. It looks like a very typical Anagama, but it has some new ideas from American wood kilns, for example they made 4 side stoke holes (normally no stoke holes for Anagama in Shigaraki), and added big salt chamber to get a variety of results from the Anagama Chamber. Also, they made the second chamber's firebox bigger enough to be able to fire by itself. So they can fire just second chamber to make functional table wares if necessary.