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4911 Busbee Rd.
Seagrove, NC 27341
USA

Studio Touya is a handmade pottery studio located in Seagrove NC where Hitomi and Takuro Shibata set up studio and built Japanese style wood kiln. Our focus is to make simple& functional pottery by using local wild clay and wood firing technique. 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.

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Wood kiln

We have one wood-fired kilns, and we are building another one now.

   We built Anagama (16 feet long, widest part 7 feet, highest part 5 feet) with Centenary arch salt chamber (6 feet long, 4 feet wide and 6 feet tall). We both were working in Shigaraki, Japan, and we had a chance to came to US to see and help fired many different wood-fired kilns, and through those experience, we built this kiln based on Shigaraki traditional idea, but also American ideas in the kiln. So it looks like Anagama, but it has some ideas from our friends kiln in US, for example side stoke holes, and a big salt chamber that we can put a lot of pots and get different result from Anagama Chamber. We finish building it in 2010.

Our Wood Kilns

We have an Anagama plus two chamber wood-fired kiln, and we are building new smaller wood kiln now.

 We built our 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. We both were active potters in Shigaraki, Japan, and had many chances to help firing many different wood-fired kilns in US&Japan. Through those our experiences, we decided to build this kiln as our dream wood kiln for years. It looks like very typical Anagama, but it has some new ideas from American wood kilns, for example we made 4 side stoke holes (normally no stoke holes for Anagama in Shigaraki), and we added big salt chamber that we can put a lot of pots and get different results from Anagama Chamber. Also we made the second chamber's firebox bigger enough to be able to fire by itself. So we can fire just second chamber to make functional table wares.

Anagama, Built in 2009-2010

Arch mold was made from Bamboo

Arch mold was made from Bamboo

Photo taken by Jari Vesterinen

Photo taken by Jari Vesterinen

Small Wood kiln (Bourry Box), Built in 2015-2016

The kiln wizard, Andres Allik (Right)

The kiln wizard, Andres Allik (Right)