Week 1 – Orientation: Tour of Arita and ceramic industry, Pairing with local pottery, Project meeting.
Week 2 – Presentation: Self-introduction to the local community. Start of project.
Working on the ceramic project.
Regular project meetings.
Open studios or lecture (organized by CRA).
Week 3 – Final Presentation: Showing project results in Arita (required).
Week 4 – Sending luggage, tidying and cleaning the studio.
We can provide the following optional services at the request of the resident and after consultation with the local 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 can arrange tours of traditional craft workshops in Kyoto, visits to art galleries and provide opportunities to meet key people from the art, craft and design world in Kyoto. These tours are only arranged on request and any (travel) expenses are to be borne by the CRA participant.
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.
Participants of the Creative Residency Arita will use the Saga Ceramics Research Laboratory as their main base for the production of their works. The Saga Ceramics Research Laboratory was founded in 1928 to support the local ceramic industry and contribute to it’s development through experiments and research in the ceramic field. It is the largest public ceramic research institute in Japan and can be considered one of the best equipped facilities in the world within the field.
Personal workspace: (2 studios)
We provide each resident or resident group with their own studio space within the Saga Ceramics Research Laboratory. Residents can use this studio space freely within the opening times of the Laboratory (Weekdays 8:30-17:15, Closed on weekends and public holidays). The studios offer approximately 20m2 floor space and are equipped with basic facilities such as wooden tables, shelves, a sink, and a desk with a computer.
There are many other shared spaces to do research or experiments with raw materials, casting or glazing such as the Electric Kiln Room, Potter’s Wheel Room, Casting Room, Plaster Mold Room, Glazing Room, 3D Printing Room, CNC Milling Room, Wood Workshop, etc. These spaces are all used by researchers and local companies but are available to residents when they are not in use. Time slots and machinery fees should be discussed with the local coordinator prior to use.
Residents are also paired with a potter or traditional craftsman and sometimes it is also possible to use their facilities. The local coordinator can discuss this with the relevant parties to explore the possibilities.