Takuro Shibata

Takuro Shibata jumped into an apprenticeship at one of oldest pottery studios in Shigaraki, Japan in 1996. During his apprenticeship, he also learned many things from other wonderful local potters around him. Then he started working as a potter and established his career and technique for about 4 years in Shigaraki. He came to United States in 2001 along with his wife’s program at UMass Dartmouth, and he worked with local potters and artists in New Bedford, MA. He was an artist in residence at Worcester Center for Crafts, MA (2001), Peters Valley Craft Center, NJ (2002), UMass Dartmouth, MA (2002), Cub Creek Foundation for the Ceramic Arts, VA (2003), and held a Studio Tech position at Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park, Shigaraki, Japan (2004-2005). Takuro has B. Eng. in applied chemistry and his knowledge of ceramic materials in Japan and US landed him a director position at STARworks Ceramics Materials and Research (2005-Present), which brought him, his wife and one Shigaraki cat to Seagrove, NC. At STARworks, he researches many local rare ceramic materials, runs the ceramic supply business, and provides technical support for local potters and schools. Takuro also makes pots and has many wood firings at Studio Touya in Seagrove, NC.

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