workspace

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. It is also possible to make use of the facilities available at the Arita Campus of Saga University including a photography studio and traditional Japanese room for photo sessions. If the opportunity arises, programme participants can also join the activities of university societies too.