1. Relevant Field

Creation of ceramic pieces

2. Recruitment Details

Basic Residency Period

MAXIMUM 12 WEEKS  – Research based residency

※The date for this year residency period is fixed as stated below, however the actual starting day can be discussed with the organiser. Please contact our coordinator regarding the residency period if you have any questions.

Number of Residents Accepted

  • July to September 2019 (1 person)
  • October to November 2019 (1 person )
  • January to March 2020 ( 3 person )

3. Application Requirements

The applicant must have a track record of creative activities that can be utilised in the field of ceramic-making and must be currently active outside of Japan.

  1. Be able to handle all creative (with the exception of technical guidance) and daily life activities independently.
  2. Be able to present the results of the three month residency period (through creator talks, lectures, workshops, etc.)
  3. Understand the purpose of their residency and spend the period of their stay (with the exception of Saturdays and Sundays) mainly in the Arita region.
  4. Be able to leave behind their regular employment duties for the residency period.
  5. Be able to live together with other creators during the residency period.
  6. Be of good health.
  7. Capable of communicating in English or Japanese.
  8. Be able to participate in residency events held by the administrative office, including presentation of results, open studios, creator talks, etc.
  9. Before arriving in Japan, the creator will enrol in and bear all related costs for accident insurance, etc. for the entire residency period.
  10. When presenting the works completed during the residency period in the creator’s home country or overseas, the creator must label the works with “Creative Residency Arita.”

4. Details of Support Provided

Communication support English/Japanese

Language support in relation to creative activities provided on-site by communication support staff in the laboratory.

Creative activities coordinating

Advice from a coordinator for creative activities planning the residency period. Matching with cooperating potters that fit the creator’s style and will support his or her activities.

Matching with trading companies in the case that the creator wishes to negotiate a production or sales contract.

(A Discussion Agreement with the relevant trading company is necessary for contract production or sales).

Provision of a place to carry out creative activities, technical guidance and advice for any ceramic production will also be provided by potters and The Saga Ceramics Research Laboratory.

Opportunities to present results and dispatch information

Planning of presentation meetings, workshops, etc. in the Arita region and provision of opportunities to dispatch information. Provision of opportunities to interact with other people and places to give presentations outside of Arita (transportation expenses to be covered by the creator).

Ex: Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, etc.

Introductions to residence activities and created works to be presented on the residency website

Cultural Exchange

Along with ceramics, Arita is a place rich with local cuisine, abundant nature, culture, history and the surrounding region also has offers a range of cultural activities. Exchange with local townspeople is possible and encouraged.

5. Costs to be Covered by the Creator

  1. Transportation to and from Japan
  2. Lodgings – 500 EUR per month
  3. Production fees
  4. Supply fees
  5. Cost of technical guidance – 600 EUR per month for your partner potter
  6. Daily living expenses
  7. Cost of shipping artwork (including packaging costs)
  8. Transportation fees
  9. Travel within Japan, cost of transport from the residence to the work place, etc. A bicycle can be borrowed free of charge

※for your own reference please contact the coordinator for a detailed break-down of costs likely to be incurred during the residency.

6. Other Details

About intellectual property rights

All intellectual property rights of works created under this programme remain with the creator.

About the recording of activities and use of these recordings

The sponsor of this programme may record or document the creator’s activities with photographs, videos, etc. The sponsor reserves the right to use these photographs, videos, etc. for public relations that contribute to the public good. Furthermore, the sponsor can allow anyone to whom they grant permission to use these materials free of charge.

About mass media

When possible, the creator is to cooperate with media outlets that request to cover the creator’s work. However, if this could cause difficulties for the creator’s creative activities, the creators may turn down such requests after speaking with the sponsor.

About exchange in the region, etc.

When the chance arises, the creator is to actively interact with the local people and educational institutions and work to spread information on their activities and residency.

7. How to Apply (Open to the Public)

Fill out the necessary sections of the application form in English or Japanese and then submit along with other necessary documents via “Apply” page by the deadline below.

All applications received after the deadline, no matter what the reason will be rejected.


30th of November 2018

8. Selection and Notification

The Steering Committee will make its selections based on the submitted documents. Applicants will receive the results in the mid December 2018.

9. Main Programme

First month

  • Orientation: Tour of the Arita region and observation of the manufacturing process of Arita-ware, matching with kilns and trade companies, creative activity planning
  • Presentation: The creators will introduce their creative activities thus far to the related bodies.
  • Welcome Reception

Second Month

  • Creative activities
  • Regular meetings
  • Open studio/Workshop

Third Month

  • Presentation of results in Arita (Required)
  • Exhibitions, workshops, talks, etc as planned following discussion with the coordinator.

Selection Criteria & Committee Members

Regarding the content of submissions, selection will be made according to the following criteria.To be decided by document examination performed at the selection meeting by external experts and the Steering Committee.

Selection Criteria


Assess artistʼs creativity based on their past efforts and production plan for this residency. Assess if the artistʼs ideas and techniques can translate to new possibilities in ceramics.

Regionality/Communication Skills

Assess the artistʼs attitude to determine if they will actively work to interact with people from the region during their three-month stay.

Feasibility of the Plan

Assess the feasibility of the production plan.

Economic Perspective

Assess if the artists will be able to fully cover residency costs.

Committee Members

External Expert Committee Members

Ranti Tjan (Director of European Ceramic Workcentre)

Scholten & Baijings (Designers/Founder of Scholten & Baijings, Netherlands)

Teruhiro Yanagihara (Designer/Founder of Studio Teruhiro Yanagihara – Japan)

Takaharu Hamano (Design/Director & Founder of promoduction – Japan)

Project Committee Members

Gen Harada (Representative Director – Saga Prefecture Ceramics Industrial Cooperative)

Fumiya Shinohara (President – Saga Prefecture Ceramics Wholesale Commercial Cooperative)

Yuhki Tanaka (Professor – Faculty of Art and Regional Design, Saga University)

Naoko Yamada (Associate Professor – Center for Promotion of International Exchange, Saga University)

Yoshihide Washio (Manager – Arita Town Commerce and Tourism Division)

Shuji Yoshida (Director – Saga Prefectural Ceramics Research Laboratory)

Hirohisa Fukuchi (Director – Management Support Division, Department of Industry and Labor, Saga Prefecture)

Kazunori Washizaki (Director – International Affairs Division, Department of Regional Exchange, Saga Prefecture)

Yoriko Ishizawa (Programme Director/A Coordinator – Creative Residency Arita)