Contact Us

Please leave us a comment or question here.

We are looking for hearing from you!

If you wish to subscribe our news and updates, please go to Newsletter subscription page on the bottom of this web page. Thank you!

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.

ClayAfterFreezing.jpg

Process

 Our Process 

  90% of our work is made by STARworks Clay! Other 10% are new clay tests and something mixed up by ourselves with our favorite Shimpo NVS-07 Pug Mixer. This Pugger Mixer is made with all stainless steel and it does not have screen, so it is perfect tool for us to make NC wild clay-bodies. 

And when we build our Anagama kiln, we got beautiful Yellow clay from foundation. And we use this and white slip that we made from North Carolina local clays for decollation.  

And we collect wood ashes from wood kilns and our wood stoves, and making ash glazes. And we use iron oxide for decollation. Iron Oxide is the only oxide we use for our pottery. We try to use simple and non-toxic materials to create our work. 

 

The Anagama firing take 3 days to load and 5 days to fire. Salt chamber firing by itself takes, one day to load and one day to fire with 5 lbs of salt. 

 Our Process 

Most of our work are made of NC local Clays. We also new clay tests and mix up by ourselves with Wild Clay around us. 

When we built our Anagama kiln in 2009, we got beautiful Yellow clay from kiln foundation and we use it for decollation.  

We collect wood ash from wood kilns and wood stoves, and make ash glazes which are very traditional glazes in Japan. We use iron oxide for brush decollation. Iron Oxide is the only oxide we use for our pottery. We try to use very simple, natural and non-toxic materials to create our work. 

Our Anagama firing take 3 days to load, and 5 days to fire. Salt chamber firing by itself takes 1 day to load and 1-2 days to fire with small amount of rock salt.