Programme schedule

January 2022
Week 1 – From Wednesday 4th January 2022: Designers can take up their accommodation.
Week 2 – Monday 11th January 2022: Orientation programme starts.
Orientation: Tour of the Arita region, pairing with local pottery, project planning meeting.
Week 3 – Presentation and introduction of the designer to the local community. Start of project.

February 2022
Creative activities. Regular meetings. Open studios or lecture (organized by CRA). 

March 2022
Week 3 – Presentation of results in Arita (required).
Week 4 – Luggage packing, tidying and cleaning the studio.


We provide the following services at the request of the designer. If you are interested in these, please consult with your coordinator:

1. Two or three-day visit to Kyoto.
In 2021, CRA entered into a partnership with the Goethe Institute in Kyoto, Villa Kamogawa. In collaboration with Villa Kamogawa, we will coordinate tours of arts and traditional craft workshops in Kyoto upon request and providing opportunities to meet creatives in a field of arts/crafts and design in Kyoto. Any travel expenses are to be borne by the artist/designer. 

2. Cultural Exchange Support
Arita is a region abundant in food, nature, culture and history besides its tradition in ceramics, and the surrounding area offers a wide range of cultural potential to explore. You will have the opportunity to be introduced to places where you can interact with local residents, such as flower arranging and martial arts classes.

3. Project consultation

Presenting the status of the project and discussing your progress with the members of the advisory board.


The residency participants will be provided with a basic working space in the Saga Ceramics Research Laboratory which offers a range of facilities at their disposable. There are kilns (electric), photographic equipment, a 3D printer, a milling machine, a mould-making room, a glaze research room, a wood workshop, colour research and experiment room and a large shared working space along with a smaller private working area. A fee for using these facilities is required from all invited artists. As for human support, there would be technical advice available from professional researchers, all experts in a variety of fields such as moulds, glazing, 3D modelling and much more. Communication support to help creatives communicate with town potters, researchers, and local people will naturally be on offer. We believe that communication is crucial to the smooth flow of the creative process. There is also coordination support for being paired with those potters and trading companies most suited to that individual artist’s needs if necessary.

In Arita, there are traditional craftsmen holding national certification, each of whom is a master of painting, or wheel-thrown pottery in their own right. The residency affords the artist the chance to freely collaborate with these highly-skilled craftsmen.