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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.

John Neely

John Neely

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John Neely

John Neely is a potter and teacher in Logan, Utah. With a BFA from Alfred University and an MFA from Ohio University, he also worked and studied in Japan  for many years. Professor of Ceramics at Utah State University since 1984, he has exhibited and lectured in the US, Europe and around the Pacific Rim. He is known in woodfire circles as the originator of the “train kiln” concept.