Clay Club aims to connect potters and ceramic artists of our community. We exchange ideas, share information and form friendships
Saturday, September 17, 2016
Recap: September Clay Club with Hitomi and Takuro Shibata at In Tandem Gallery
Thanks to Hitomi and Takuro Shibata for a super interesting Clay Club program, and to Silvia Ferrari-Palmer for hosting us at In Tandem Gallery!
Hitomi and Takuro shared a slide presentation and talked about their pottery and how they ended up in North Carolina. Hitomi and Takuro both established ceramic careers in Shigaraki, Japan before coming to the US in 2001. They came to ceramics through very different paths: Hitomi from a ceramic arts background and Takuro from a non-arts engineering background. Today they share a studio, Studio Touya, in Seagrove, North Carolina, focused on wood-firing. They told us "Touya" means "pottery house" in Japanese. Check out their work on their website, www.studiotouya.com.
Takuro gave us a video tour of STARworks Ceramics showing how the clay bodies are prepared. STARworks uses North Carolina clays to make clay bodies. Takuro brought samples of STARworks clay bodies for folks to try - a number of clubbers took advantage of this generous offer. I hope some of you will consider sharing your results!
Kent McLaughlin and Andy Palmer are talking about putting in a group order for STARworks clay - I'll post more details about this, but if you think you might be interested, let one of them or me know.
Thanks again to Hitomi, Takuro and Silvia, and to everyone - including those who ended up on the Shane Mickey overflow deck next door - who came!
Clay Club meets at artist studios and other locations throughout Western North Carolina, usually on the second Wednesday of the month. All potters and ceramic artists are welcome! Look for details about the meetings here on the blog or contact Amy Waller at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.