Shibata-san has been creating kokeshi for over fifty, (50), years, focusing on the culture and heart of the Japanese people. She was born, and lived in Miyagi-ken, Sendai-shi.
As collectors we felt it was most important to represent all Sosaku Kokeshi artists, whether or not the artist has a written account of his or her life. Each show the diversity of this cultural specialization and the creative work produced by this artist.
Collector's note – descriptive qualities, standard characteristics & ornamentation styles:
Shibata’s dolls are typically large, impressive dolls expresssing the joy of the season, (incorporating cherry and plum blossoms), and the awakening of Spring. She works very abstractly, with her decorative elements, giving them both interest and character. Many of her pieces are lacquered in bright colors such as vermillion. As seen here, the minimally carved elements give definition to the Kimono.