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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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Japanese Teapots

Hitomi Shibata

Japanese Teapots (Kyusu, 急須) are very special tablewares for Japanese potters. It has more complicated design, process, and function. Also it's more time consuming work than other tablewares. But if you want good green tea, you need good teapots.

First, teapot bodies and lids. Those have to match and fit perfectly.

First, teapot bodies and lids. Those have to match and fit perfectly.

Then spouts and handles. 

Then spouts and handles. 

Assembling. It takes 15-20 minute for me to do.

Assembling. It takes 15-20 minute for me to do.

There is four parts  to make one teapot. Strainer part has many holes. 

There is four parts  to make one teapot. Strainer part has many holes. 

Finish assembling. Phew.

Finish assembling. Phew.

Angles of spouts and handles are the key to make good teapots.

Angles of spouts and handles are the key to make good teapots.

After slip application, they dry slowly.

After slip application, they dry slowly.

Wood firing

Wood firing

Wood fired teapots are not easy because of many risks on the process. I see good and bad always, but it's a lot of fun, good training and big challenge to make teapots.

Wood fired teapots are not easy because of many risks on the process. I see good and bad always, but it's a lot of fun, good training and big challenge to make teapots.