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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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About Us

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.

About

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.

Pottery Shop and Gallery

4911 Busbee Rd. Seagrove, NC 27341
studiotouya@gmail.com
Saturday 10am – 4pm

https://www.facebook.com/StudioTouya/

 

 

 

About Hitomi Shibata

 

 

Artist Statement

My works are made from natural clays and it’s really important for me to use materials from nature. Wood firing is also an important process to complete my works and it gives a sustainable energy and life into my works. I started learning ceramic art in Okayama, Japan when I was a college student, and after graduation I moved to Shigaraki which is one of the oldest Japanese pottery town. I lived & established my skill and knowledge as a professional potter in Shigaraki. I was fortunate I received a scholarship by Rotary International to come to USA to learn American ceramics in 2001. Now I live in Seagrove, North Carolina which is the most active pottery community in USA, and I enjoy making pots in my studio. I do wood firings with my husband, Takuro Shibata by our Anagama plus chamber kiln that we built in 2009. I want to make beautiful pots from natural materials and elements, and hope people will love, hold, and use them functionally in daily life.

Professional Experience

2017 International Academy of Ceramics (IAC) Member

2015  Built new small wood kiln

2014  Opened pottery shop and Gallery next to our studio

2009  Built Japanese style wood kiln in Seagrove

2008  Setup pottery studio in Seagrove

2007 - 2014  Studio Coordinator: STARworks Ceramics, Star, NC

2005 – 2007 Artist in Residence: North Carolina Pottery Center, Seagrove, NC

2004 – 2005 Ceramic Research Assistant: Shigaraki Ceramic Research Institute, Shiga, Japan

2003  Residency Artist: Cub Creek Foundation for the Ceramics Arts, Appomattox, VA

1999 - 2001 Studio Potter, Shigaraki, Shiga, Japan

1998 - 1999 Ceramic Research Assistant: Shigaraki Ceramic Research Institute, Shiga, Japan

1996 - 1997 Residency Artist: Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park, Shiga, Japan

Educational Background and Degree

2002  University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, College of Visual & Performing Arts, Ceramics: Special Student in Graduate Program, Diploma

1994 - 1996 Okayama University, Okayama, Japan: Master of Education: Fine Arts: Ceramics

1990 - 1994 Okayama University, Okayama, Japan: Bachelor of Education: Fine Arts and Crafts: Ceramics

Ceramics Exhibition Record

2017 Group Exhibition “The Cup Mash Up 2017”, International Cup Exhibition, Aarhus, Viborg, Denmark

2017 Group Exhibition “Controlled Burn: Wood Fired Pottery in Seagrove, NC”, RAG, Asheboro, NC

2017 Group Exhibition “Making Matters: Fresh Perspectives in Fine Craft” Peters Valley School of Craft, Layton, NJ

2017 Group Exhibition “Confluence: a Woodfire Invitational”, STARworks, Star, NC

2017 Group Exhibition “Shaping the New South” Curated by Garth Johnson, Hudgens Center for Art, Duluth, GA

2017 Group Exhibition “New Times Three”, Blue Spiral 1 Gallery, Asheville, NC

2016 “Studio Touya Exhibition”, Ackland Museum Store Gallery, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, NC

2016 Group exhibition “WoodFired Ceramics” Smith House galleries, Harrisonburg, VA

2016 Group Exhibition “EARTH, PAINTING AND FIRE”, Round About Art Collective, Raleigh, NC

2016 Group Exhibition “A Life in Clay”, Atrium Gallery, Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana

2015 NCECA Providence “The 5th for the Community College of Rhode Island, Invitational”, Warwick Museum of Art, Providence, RI

2015 Group Exhibition “Quiet Inspiration” Curated by Judith Duff, North Carolina Pottery Center, Seagrove, North Carolina

2014 Group Exhibition “Ceramicists of Seagrove, NC” East Tennessee State University, Tennessee

2013 “Tea Time: Series 2” North Carolina Pottery Center, Seagrove, NC

2012 “Teapot Show” North Carolina Pottery Center, Seagrove, NC

2011-2012 Cub Creek Show, Traveling Exhibition, VA & PA

2011 "STARworks Ceramics Exhibition", Randolph Arts Guild, Asheboro, NC

2011 “Hard and Soft” Exhibition, Japan Center, NC State University, Raleigh, NC

2011 “Next Generation of Seagrove Potters” Moore Arts Council, Southern Pines, NC

2010 “Cub Creek Show”, Coe College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

2010 “Clay and Blogs: Telling a Story” Moore Arts Council, Southern Pines, NC

2010 “DIRECTions”, Invitational Ceramic Show, Meredith College, Raleigh, NC

2010 Two Person Show, Cape Fear Studios, Fayetteville, NC

2010 “New Generation of Seagrove Potters”, North Carolina Pottery Center, Seagrove, NC

2009 “Asian Trunk Show” Freer Gallery / Sackler Museum, Washington DC

2009 “Birth of a Notion” Quirk Gallery, Richmond, VA

2007 Solo Exhibition “Hitomi’s Farewell” North Carolina Pottery Center, Seagrove, NC

2006 Two person Ceramic Exhibition, Harlequin Gallery, Greenwich, London, UK

2002 Hitomi Akebi Shibata Solo Exhibition, UMass Star Store Crapo Gallery, MA, USA

2002 UMass Dartmouth CVPA Artisanry Exhibition, University Gallery, MA, USA

2001 Space Show at Cherry Building, New Bedford, MA, USA

2000 Group Exhibition, Takashimaya Department Store, Nanba, Osaka, Japan

2000 Solo Exhibition, Gallery To-Mu, Shigaraki Japan More shows in Japan

Public Collection

2003 Richmond University, Richmond, VA, USA

2003 Longwood Center for the Visual Arts, Farmville, VA, USA

2002 Dartmouth Rotary Club, MA, USA

1997 Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park, Shigaraki, Shiga, Japan

Scholarship and Grant

2005 Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation Small Grant, Wood fired Ceramics Research Travel in England

2001 - 2002 Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarship, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth


 

About Takuro Shibata

Takuro’s academic background (B. Eng) in applied chemistry and knowledge of ceramic materials in Japan and the US landed him a director position at STARworks Ceramics, Star, NC (2005-Present),

At STARworks Ceramics, he researches local NC wild clay and materials. Takuro is a ceramic artist as well.

Artist Statement

I am finding inspiration in nature especially lines and shapes. And I would like to use them to construct my work. And during the process making my work, I would like to keep the motion of my hand and brushwork on my piece as part of man-made components. I prefer to use local clay, which is close to nature than commercially processed clay. And I am choosing wood firing for my primary firing method, because it creates natural surface from atmosphere and fly ashes that sometimes human cannot create or control

I hope the piece that I create will blend it into the nature and also people’s daily life with harmony.

Takuro Shibata

Professional Background

2009 Built Anagama plus chamber wood kiln next to the studio in Seagrove, NC

2008 Set up pottery studio in Seagrove, NC

2005 - Present Director of STARWorks Ceramics Materials & Research, Star, NC

2004 - 2005 Ceramic Studio Technical Instructor, Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park, Japan

2003 Residency Artist, Cub Creek Foundation for the Ceramics Arts, Appomattox, VA

2002 Residency Artist, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, New Bedford, MA

2002 Residency Artist, Peters Valley Craft Education Center, Layton, NJ

2002 Studio Potter, New Bedford, MA

2001 Work Exchange Artist, Worcester Center for Crafts, Worcester, MA

2000 - 2001 Research and production Assistant, Yuto Glaze Company, Shigaraki, Japan

1999 - 2001 Studio Potter, Shigaraki, Japan

1996 - 2000 Production Potter, Tanikan-Gama Pottery Company, Shigaraki, Japan

Academic Degree

1992 - 1996 Doshisha University, Bachelor of Engineering, Applied Chemistry, Kyoto, Japan

Workshop and Lecture

2017  NC State University Craft Center/ Slide Presentation and Demonstration

2017  Art Alliance in Greensboro, NC / Workshop and slide presentation

2017  District Clay Center, Washington DC/ Slide presentation

2017  Peter’s Valley School of Crafts, Layton, NJ / Wood Fire Workshop and Slide Presentation

2017  NC Wood Fire Conference, Star, NC / Presenter in Panel discussion

2017  NC Wood Fire Pre-Conference, Seagrove, NC / Woodfiring Workshop

2016  NC Clayworks Pottery Guild, Chapell Hill, NC / Slide Presentation

2016  Clay Club, Bakersville, NC / Slide Presentation

2015  NC Pottery Collector’s Guild, Raleigh, NC / Slide Presentation

2015  Pre-North Carolina Potter’s Conference, Star, NC / Slide Presentation

2015  University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, NC / Slide Presentation

2010 Frank Gallery, Chapel Hill, NC

2010 Carolina Clay Guild, Greensboro, NC

2009 Clayworks guild, Chapel Hill, NC

2008 Penland School of Craft, Penland, NC

2007 East Carolina University, Greenville, NC

2006 Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

2003 Longwood University, Farmville, VA

2003 University of Richmond, Richmond, VA

2003 Longwood Center for the Visual Arts, Farmville, VA

2003 Cub Creek Foundation for the Ceramic Arts, Appomattox, VA

2002 Longwood University, Farmville, VA Exhibition Record

Exhibitions

2017 “Spectra: A Survey of American Contemporary Wood Fired Ceramics” Morean Center for Clay, St. Petersburg, FL

2017 “Winter Show”, Green Hill Center for NC Arts, Greensboro, NC

2017 “Cub Creek Residents and Friends”, Academy Center for the Arts, Lynchburg, VA

2017 “Controlled Burn”, Randolph Arts Guild Gallery, Asheboro, NC

2017 “Making Matters”, Peter’s Valley School of Crafts Gallery, Layton, NJ

2017 “Wild clay :The Story of NC Clay”, Star, NC

2017 “Confluence”, NC Wood Fire Conference, Star, NC

2017 “Shaping a New South”, the Hudgens Art Center in Duluth, GA

2017 “New Times Three”, Blue Spiral1, Asheville, NC

2016 “Studio Touya”, Ackland Museum Store, Chapel Hill, NC

2016 “WoodFired Ceramics” Smith House galleries, Harrisonburg, VA

2016 “EARTH, PAINTING AND FIRE”, Round About Art Collective, Raleigh, NC

2016 “Cub Creek Foundation: John Jessiman With Visiting & Resident Artists”, Lillstreet Art Center, Chicago, IL 

2016 “John Jessiman—A Life in Clay”, Atrium Gallery, Ball State University, Muncie, IN

2015 “Wild clay :The Story of NC Clay”, North Carolina Pottery Center, Seagrove, NC

2015 “The 5th for the CCRI invitational”, Warwick Museum of Art, Providence, RI

2015 “Quiet Inspiration, Japanese Influence on North Carolina Potters”

         ,North Carolina Pottery Center, Seagrove, NC

2014 “Ceramicists of Seagrove, NC” East Tennessee State University, TN

2013 Tea Time: Series 2, North Carolina Pottery Center, Seagrove, NC

2013 Connection,Meredith College, Raleigh, NC

2012 Next Generation of Seagrove Potters, Moore Arts Council, Southern Pines, NC

2012 Cub Creek Show, The Academy of Fine Arts, Lynchburg, VA

2012 STARworks Ceramics Show, Randolph Arts Guild, Asheboro NC

2011 Winter Exhibition: Hard and Soft, Japan Center, NCSU, Raleigh, NC

2010 Cub Creek Show, Coe College, Ceder Rapids, Iowa

2010 Clay and Blogs, Telling a Story, Moore Arts Council, Southern Pines, NC

2010 DIRECTion Native Clay, Meredith College, Raleigh NC

2010 Studio Touya Show, Cape Fear Studios, Fayetteville, NC

2010 New Generation of Seagrove Potters, North Carolina Pottery Center, Seagrove, NC

2009 Asian Ceramics Trunk Show, Freer Gallery/Sackler Museum, Washington DC

2009 Birth of a Notion” Quirk Gallery, Richmond VA

2007 Three Japanese Wood-Firers, Harlequin Gallery, London, UK

2006 Mixed Teabowls Exhibition, Harlequin Gallery, London, UK

2005 Teabowls &Yunomis, Harlequin Gallery, London, UK

2004 Teabowls &Yunomis, Harlequin Gallery, London, UK

2002 Anagama Fired, Harlequin Gallery, London, UK

2001 Foot, Gallery Gloss & Coffee, Okayama, Japan

2000 Pots in Autumn, Gallery Toumu, Shigaraki, Shiga, Japan

2000 Asahi Contemporary Crafts Awards, Osaka, Japan

1999 UTAGE, Tanikan-gama Gallery, Shigaraki, Shiga Japan

1999 Wave&Wave, Dento-sangyou-kaikan Gallery, Shigaraki, Shiga Japan

1999 Shigaraki Ceramic Award, Shigaraki, Shiga Japan

1999 Group Exhibition, Gallery Kyouei-gama, Tokoname, Japan

1998 Group Exhibition, Tanikan-gama Gallery, Shigaraki, Shiga, Japan

Public Collection

2003 Richmond University, Richmond, VA, USA

2003 Longwood Center for the Visual Arts, Farmville, VA, USA

 

4911 Busbee Rd.
Seagrove, NC 27341
studiotouya@gmail.com
Saturday 10am – 4pm

https://www.facebook.com/StudioTouya/

 

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