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4911 Busbee Rd.
Seagrove, NC 27341

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.

Adrian King

Adrian King


Adrian King

My approach to making pottery stems from an intrigue for the process and materials that I use.  I utilize atmospheric firing technique using wood and gas, that activate the surfaces with an earth toned warmth.  The firing process allows moments of uncertainty to happen.  Bursts of color appear where licked by the flame and glaze wraps around a pot like water against rock.  I want my pottery to bring comfort to our daily routine through tactile and visually stimulating surfaces that promote and encourage use.

Adrian King discovered ceramics during high school. He attended the Maine College of Art in Portland, ME where he received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ceramics in 2012.
Upon graduating, Adrian was offered the opportunity to work with the renowned potter Mark Hewitt. In January 2013, he moved to North Carolina and worked as Hewitt's apprentice for three and a half years. There, he learned the art of creating high-quality functional pottery on a production level, working with locally sourced materials and wood firing the pots in a large 40 foot-long, 900 cubic-foot salt kiln. In addition to making pots and helping run the workshop, Adrian helped with retail, selling and speaking with customers.  His experience with Mark was a life-changing opportunity.
In 2016, Adrian was welcomed back to Maine College of Art as the Ceramics Studio Technician. He now manages the studio, firing and repairing kilns, makes clay and glazes, and keeps inventory on materials needed for students, as well as maintains his own studio practice, making and selling work.