Hitomi Shibata

@hitomishibataceramics | website

For this exhibition, I would like to show my wood-fired ceramic works which are made from raw clays and natural materials around myself.  My theme of my works is about the relationship between soil and humans, and tracing the cycles. 

My ceramic works are made with local wild clays from North Carolina where Native Americans found rich red clays and made earthenware for thousands of years, and then European Immigrants established stoneware pottery traditions a couple of hundred years ago.  Wood firing is also a very important process to complete my ceramic works and it gives a sense of sustainability, which I learned from Japanese pottery traditions.  To me, it’s a life-long experiment, and a fusion of ceramic art between Japanese and American cultures.

I look forward to being a part of this exhibition with wonderful ceramic artists who have very diverse backgrounds, and seeing how our clay stories come across and create artistic reactions and unique atmospheres.

  • The Gleaner (2021)
    17″ x 12″ x 20″ h NC stoneware, Handbuilt, WIld Clay slips, Red Iron OX, Wood Ash, Wood Fired, Cone 11
  • Wild Clay Platters (2020)
    sizes vary, up to 13″ x 13″ x 2″ NC wild clays, Handbuilt, Red Iron OX, Wood fired, Cone 11