Takuro Shibata is a ceramic artist who is originally from Japan. His studio is based in Seagrove, North Carolina, USA. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering, Applied Chemistry from Doshisha University, Kyoto, Japan. His interest in ceramics led him to become an apprentice at a local pottery studio “Tanikan Pottery” in Shigaraki, Japan in 1997. He and his wife, Hitomi Shibata first visited Seagrove, NC in 2003, and returned to the Seagrove area at the time Takuro accepted a position as the director of STARworks Ceramics in 2005. They established Studio Touya in Seagrove in 2007 and built an Anagama wood kiln. Takuro has developed a national reputation as a studio potter and as a wild clay specialist. His ceramic work and background story was prominently featured in the May 2017 issue of Ceramics Monthly magazine. He is a member of International Academy of Ceramics (IAC).
Materials and playful experiment, that is about my work in functional pottery forms.
I am especially interested in jar forms. Good jar forms have a richness of emotion or spirit. It has a functionality to hold things but also a strong presence in space. I focus on the outlines of the form. To emphasize it, I make three sided triangular jar forms which are the simplest form but have the true essence. Each side has its own shape, the form will change depending on where you look at it from.
I prefer to use local materials as much as possible because it is unique and interesting for me to find materials around me and testing to see how I can use them. When I test it especially in high temperature wood firing, I always discover something. It inspires me to create new work.
Hitomi Shibata is a Japanese native, female ceramic artist in Seagrove, North Carolina. She has Ceramic art degrees (B.Ed & M.Ed in Fine Art and Craft) from Okayama University in Japan. She learned and worked as a potter in Shigaraki which is one of the oldest pottery villages in Japan. Rotary International scholarship brought her to the USA and became a special student at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth, CVPA Ceramics in 2002.
She moved to NC, USA in 2005, and set up her permanent pottery studio in Seagrove which is the biggest pottery town in the USA. She makes functional wood-fired pottery and sculptural ceramic work from NC wild clays, and fires wood kilns with her husband, Takuro Shibata.
Artist in residence at Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park in Japan (1996-1997), Cub Creek Foundation for the Ceramic Arts in Appomattox, VA (2003), and North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC (2005-2007). She led workshops at: Peters Valley School of Craft (2017), The Art League in Alexandria (2019) and Penland School of Crafts (2019). She was selected as a member of International Academy of Ceramics (IAC) in Geneva, Switzerland (2017). She has many ceramic exhibitions and pottery shows in Japan, USA, China and UK.
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