While living in her native country of Japan, Shibata studied ceramics in Okayama and Shigakari. She came to the United States to study American pottery in 2001 and now lives in Seagrove, North Carolina with her husband, with whom she shares a studio.
Wood firing is an important element to her ceramic practice.
"It’s really important for me to use materials from nature. Wood firing is also an important process to complete my works and it gives a sustainable energy and brings life into my works.”