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Hitomi and Takuro Shibata’s pottery studio in Seagrove, NC. Originally from Japan, established ceramic careers in Shigaraki, and our main focus is wood firing and wild clays. We make Japanese style functional pottery, and sometimes sculpture by our wood kiln. We named our pottery as “Touya” when we started our small pottery studio in Shigaraki, Japan, and it literary means “pottery house” in Japanese which we really like.

About the Artists

HitomiTakuro - Hitomi ShibataHitomi studied at University of Okayama in Japan and received Bachelor and Masters of Education in Ceramics. Artist-in-residence at Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park (1996-1997). Received Rotary Foundation Scholarship and studied ceramics at UMass Dartmouth (2002). Residency artist at Cub Creek Foundation (2003), and at NC Pottery Center (2005-2007). Became a member of International Academy of Ceramics (2017).

Takuro Shibata holds a degree in applied chemistry from Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan. His interest in ceramics led him to become an apprentice in Shigaraki. Takuro became the director of STARworks Ceramics in 2005 and developed a national reputation as a studio potter and as a clay specialist.

They set up Studio Touya in Seagrove where is the biggest pottery village in USA. Their story was prominently featured in Ceramics Monthly in 2017. They have many ceramic exhibitions, workshops and lectures including Peters Valley School of Craft and Penland School of Crafts.

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