Monday, December 10, 2012

Touya Open Studio


Celebration of Seagrove Potters organized "Holiday Open House" on Dec 8th, 2012,
and Studio Touya joined and had an Open Studio.


Because we don't have a showroom or gallery, we had to display our work in our studio space. 
It was a lot of clean up for whole week. HAHAHA

Xmas wreaths on windows
large pots
small pots
Xmas Ornaments (Holly shape clay ornament) were given to patron membership holders for free
a candle holder
Can't believe it was a messy clay studio a week ago!
 We opened studio from 10 am to 4pm and there are many customers came to see us.
Thank you for visiting our studio!

See our latest news on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/StudioTouya

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Open Studio on Dec 8th (Sat)

Seagrove Area Potters Association organizes a winter event and many pottery studios&shops have "Open House" on Dec 8th (Sat). It's an event for SAPA Patron Supporters to receive special benefits.

Studio Touya will have an "Open Studio" on Dec 8th, 10 am to 4pm and we will give a Xmas Clay Ornament for Patron Supporters with membership proof. (until supply last)

There are many good deals in Seagrove on Dec 8th!
See more info at
http://www.discoverseagrove.com/hoh.asp

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Celebration of Seagrove Potters 2012


It was a great weekend.
Studio Touya joined Celebration of Seagrove Potters this year again and we talked to many people.
All works were from October&November wood firing, and we were able to sell many pots.
Thank you for coming to see us.


Touya booth Set up







STARworks Ceramics also joined the event

Hope to see you next year!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Wood Firing, Nov 9 - 10, 2012

blue sky and black smoke

We did a wood firing on Nov 9 to 10 which is very typical habit as Seagrove potters.
Started preheating on Nov 8th, 10pm, then switched to wood from 5am on Nov 9.
Had some happenings and finished firing at 3am.
22 hours by wood, highest 11 down, lowest 10 down.
Unloading will be on Tuesday evening.
Loading on wall side

Loading on door side

a toasty cat


And Touya will be joining for the Celebration of Seagrove Potters.
Please check out the website!
http://www.celebrationofseagrovepotters.com/index.html

Friday, October 05, 2012

Unloading Kiln


We did unloading kiln on Wednesday evening.

looks good
There were more people than usual this time.
Koizumi-san (Shimpo USA), Ms. Mie Hazama (Japanese potter in Kumamoto), San-chan, Kacy-chan, Anne and her Estonian friend, and Shibatas.

All pots from this firing
Shino got more reddish this time
Tiny display in our studio looks crowded
My plates, bowls and jars
Takuro's vases and jars
Takuro's teabowls
They were already all gone
Speaking a special, unexpected guest, we found a kitty underneath of studio on the day before unloading day. He was covered by dust, but after I pick him up, I found that it's not dust but full of Fleas!
I just ran to the bathroom and made a warm water in the bucket, and washed him over and over.

Hello the world!
I am hungry!
He (probably) has got a temporary name as "Chibi" ( means small in Japanese), and staying in the studio.
He is very sweet, friendly, and miss his mom. If you are interested in this kitten, let me know!

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Wood Firing, Sep 29-30, 2012


It's been long time since the last post because we had very very busy summer, and it's already a time to make pots and have wood firing again.

Bad thing was Ken got fever two times last week, then gave it to me and I got fever as well, so everything was behind and delayed. Also we found out one of the floor brick was melt and broken, so it took a couple of hours to fix it before loading kiln.

Fortunately we were able to finish loading kiln on Friday 11pm, and did gas pre-heating for a night, then started wood from 6am on Saturday.

Team morning shift

Zubee is warming up

Team midnight shift


After all, firing was over an Sunday, 5am.
We passed out immediately, but boys got up 8am and they were ready to play!
Takuro and I were soooooo tired all weekend.

On Monday, boys went to school (daycare), Takuro went to work, and a wife had a nice and quiet day off at home. Enjoy watching TV, playing with new device, eating chocolate, and I thought what a nice B-day I ever had.

Nexus 7

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

2012 Behind the Scenes Pottery Crawl




On Saturday, May 12th from 10 am to 5pm, whether you are a pottery newbie or a seasoned collector, you’ll enjoy the Behind the Scenes Pottery Crawl and help out deserving children and families.

Spend a fun-filled Saturday meeting the artists, touring their studios, and admiring their creations. Come check out 14 memorable potteries in a self-guided car tour. Each pottery will have a unique culinary delight with a wine pairing (beef tenderloin on rounds of French bread, shrimp served with remoulade and red sauces, open-faced pork sliders, an elegant almond torte, to name a few), and demonstrations focusing on different aspects of the craft – from shaping at the wheel, to glazing, to firing techniques. Or you can roll up your sleeves and make a pot yourself with the help of an expert. Last year's participants were inspired by the beautiful countryside, the world class artistic talent of Seagrove, and the unique way the featured artists live and work.

The 2nd annual Behind the Scenes Pottery Crawl is organized by the Northern Moore Family Resource Center (The Resource Center) which is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization established in 1996 to serve children and families in northern Moore County, North Carolina. The area that The Resource Center serves has been decimated by the departure of manufacturing over the last 30 years and it has resulted in too many children living in poverty. The Resource Center helps at-risk children succeed academically by offering, among other things, after school programs and summer camps. The Resource Center is a United Way agency and their six-week free summer day camp is partially funded by the United Way. All proceeds from the Pottery Crawl will help children and strengthen local families. Potters will generously donate 15 percent of all sales during the event to the Resource Center.

The Pottery Crawl is much more than a one dimensional art gallery experience. It’s a ‘Behind the Scenes’ look at how and where the art is created. It’s about the uniqueness of each individual potter. To visit the potters is to immerse oneself in their creative world. For them life and work are fused together by their artistry, as many live and work in the same environment. Often they live on winding country roads, and when you venture down them you may find a beautiful sculpture garden, a lush pond, a picturesque log cabin, or a sturdy converted barn. It’s quiet in the country except for the sound of the clay fired wind chimes, or the crow of a rooster.

And of course, there is the art itself. On this pottery tour you’ll find a rich diversity of styles, colors, shapes and sizes that range from the decorative to the utilitarian. You’ll encounter pieces that are worthy of museum lighting, as well as everyday treasures like place settings, serving bowls and mugs that will jazz up a room or any meal. Every potter is an artist with his/her own unique style.

Seagrove's pottery tradition dates back to the 18th century, before the American Revolution, due to the high quality of the local clay. Today it’s known for the high concentration of potters, the unsurpassed artistic talent, and the eclectic mix of people - some with roots eight generations deep and others drawn here from around the world.

The following are the potters on the tour: Avery Pottery and Tileworks, Ben Owen Pottery, Blue Hen Pottery, Bulldog Pottery, Chris Luther Pottery, Dean and Martin Pottery, Frank Neef Pottery, From the Ground Up, Great White Oak Pottery, Jugtown Pottery, Luck's Ware, Old Gap Pottery, Seagrove Stoneware, Studio Touya, Westmoore Pottery.

Don’t miss this unique event or the opportunity to help local kids and their families. And it all happens on Mother’s Day weekend. So spare Mom that tired gift and spend an unforgettable day with her instead! After seeing the bounty, you may never again give a generic store-bought gift.

Event Details

Individual tickets are $45 and Patron tickets are $100, and they include a commemorative pottery piece. Mother’s Day packages are available for $150. The package includes two tickets and several gifts for mom—the commemorative pottery piece filled with chocolates and a bottle of wine. Participants will receive a ticket and program for the event, with a map highlighting all of the participating potteries. Tickets and programs may be picked up at the Resource Center, 130 S. Middleton Street in Robbins, where guests will also have the opportunity to learn more about the programs that the Resource Center offers, or at The North Carolina Pottery Center, 233 East Avenue in Seagrove.

The Resource Center will also raffle off four-4 piece place settings of tableware from Dean and Martin Pottery and from Avery Pottery and Tileworks. They will also raffle off a salad set, plus salad bowls from Seagrove Stoneware. Raffle tickets may be purchased separately from tickets to the event, and winners do not have to be present at the drawing. The drawings will take place at 5:30 pm at the Resource Center on the day of the event. Raffle tickets for the dinnerware are $10 apiece, and you can designate whether you want to be included in the raffle for the set from Dean and Martin Pottery or Avery Pottery and Tileworks. Tickets for the salad set are $5 apiece, and for the set of six salad bowls tickets are $1 apiece. Pictures of all items to be raffled will be posted on our website in early April.

This event is made possible in large part by contributions from St. Josephs of the Pines and Wachovia Wells Fargo. St. Josephs of the Pines has an active presence in northern Moore County, with its Providence Place development in Robbins—lovely one bedroom apartments for seniors, plus it brings its fully equipped Semi to Robbins for two days each month where local residents can be seen by the Moore Free Care Clinic, meet with the Sandhills/Moore Coalition for Human Care and the Benefit Bank, and soon will be able to see dentists free of charge. Wachovia Wells Fargo provided funding to support the financial education classes that the Resource Center offers as part of its IDA program. For more information about this program, please visit our website.

To purchase raffle tickets or tickets to the event, visit the Resource Center website at www.nmfrc.com, or send checks payable to the Northern Moore Family Resource Center to P.O. Box 190, Robbins, NC 27325 or call the Resource Center at (910) 948-4324.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Spring Kiln Opening 2012


As a part of Celebration of Seagrove Potters, we had a kiln opening in our studio.
We had many people who come to see us, and we thank you so much!

Unloading kiln on Thursday
Lots of clean up before sale
Touya gallery (temporary)



Ken's tiles
(Not for Sale)


Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Crush Firing 4/15/2012


We had to have a wood firing last weekend.
Always things are so pushed and go fast with us.

Glazing
Loading, wall side
Loading, door side
Lots of waddings
Kiln Log:

4/14/2012, Sat
Loading kiln all day
8pm-12am Pre-heating by Gas barner

4/15/2012, Sun
12am Start using wood
5:30am 400c
8am 800c
5pm 1100c
8pm The hottest spot got cone 10 soft, Salt kick in
10pm 1270c, Cone 11 down, shut down
Moon
Sunrise

The Firing Supervisor
Lots of Fun!
Special Thanks to:
San-chan
Wayne-san
Kacy-chan
Angela and Eddie
We couldn't get work done without your help.