Hitomi has been working at North Carolina Pottery Center since September. She is an artist in residence and studio manager. She organized studio space and started making pots. In the NC pottery Center, there are 2 wood kilns. One of them are 2 chamber climbing kiln designed and built by Douglass Rankin and Will Ruggles. The other one is Ground hog kiln which is traditional style kiln in Seagrove. She is planning to fire Ground Hog kiln.