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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.

NOBORIGAMA WOOD FIRING WORKSHOP at Peter's Valley School of Crafts

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NOBORIGAMA WOOD FIRING WORKSHOP at Peter's Valley School of Crafts



JUNE 16-20

at Peter's Valley School of Crafts in NJ


Peters Valley School of Craft
19 Kuhn Road
Layton, NJ 07851

This immersive workshop offers participants the opportunity to learn how to fire The Peters Valley Noborigama wood kiln and also teaches the practical skills and techniques for glazing, loading, and firing a wood kiln. Participants will bring their own bisque pots made from Cone10+ clay for glazing and then load and fire the Noborigama kiln with instructors, Takuro and Hitomi Shibata, potters from Shigaraki Japan. The Shibata’s have years of experience firing many different wood kilns and currently live in the largest pottery community in the US in Seagrove, North Carolina. They will share their glazing techniques, loading aesthetics, and wood firing methods with participants. The Shibata’s will also discuss efficient way to process/recycle clay, Japanese wood firing history/techniques and provide hands-on information about testing and using wild clays. Participants will work with wild raw clay samples from NC and make small tests to fire in the kiln as well.