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Shigaraki Pottery SHIBATA Takuro (b.1972): Chawan made in 2001 with signed box.

Height: 8.9 cm (3.5 inches) Diameter: 14.2 by 15.0 cm (5.6 inches by 5.9 inches)
Price: 130 (includes postage by Special Delivery within the
UK)

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Shibata Takuro began potting in 1996 when he moved to Shigaraki. However the sheer quality of the work that Takuro has produced belies this relative inexperience.

Takuro grew up in Osaka and then gained a degree in Chemistry from Doshisha University before moving to Shigaraki. There he worked for the Tanikan Pottery, which was in effect a commercial operation producing Shigaraki ware. Originally taken on because of his scientific background, Takuro immediately became interested in producing pottery himself and learnt much during his 3 years with the company. This together with learning about the anagama kiln from the Shigaraki potter, Kato Hajimu, resulted in Takuro setting up his own studio and kiln in 1999.

Since the summer of 2005 Takuro has been based in North Carolina.

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