Takuro Shibata, the director of STARworks Clay in North Carolina, will give a presentation on STARworks Clay, one of the most talked about "artisanal" clay producers in the country. Takuro will discuss how STARworks came into being and their exciting venture into "wild" locally dug clay - including the amazing story of how STARworks re-discovered local clay deposits used by 19th century potters that had lain fallow for over 100 years.
Takuro will also describe how STARworks processes its clay to create and enhance unique qualities of STARwork's locally dug clays, and his own development as a ceramic artist. He will bring samples STARworks "wild clays".
Shibata has been researching NC wild clay since he started STARworks and set up a clay factory in an renovated school building in Star, North Carolina in 2005 . Since then, STARworks has added a ceramic gallery, created a resident artists program now offers ceramic classes and workshops. STARworks provides wild local clay bodies to artists, schools and community centers, including shipments to the District Clay Center. STARworks also has glass making facilities.
Takuro Shibata is a Ceramic Artist from Shigaraki, Japan. After earning his Bachelor of Engineering in applied Chemistry at Doshisha University in Kyoto and without any pottery experience, Takuro jumped into an apprenticeship at one of Shigaraki’s oldest pottery studios, Tanikan Pottery, where he started by cleaning pots and wedging clay. Within four years Takuro had learned the entire pottery making process, including testing locally dug clays and glazes. When the opportunity to open STARworks occured, he left Japan and has resided in North Carolina ever since.
Takuro has been a ceramics technical instructor at the Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park in Shigaraki Japan and has been a resident artist at the Peters Valley Crafts Education Center in Layton, NJ and the Cub Creek Foundation in Appomattox in VA.
Light refreshments will served. A limited amount of STARworks Clay will be for sale in 25 lb bags by District Clay for this occasion only.