Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park, Residency Program

  • Open Call:Available
  • Grant for travel expenses:Conditional
  • Grant for production:Conditional
  • Grant for living costs:Available
  • Support by staff or specialist:Available
  • Studio:Available
  • Exhibit Space:Available
  • Accommodation:Available
  • Exhibition or Open Studio:Available
  • Publication:Available

Focus Area(s):This program specializes in ceramics as a medium; however, creators of contemporary art are also accepted.

Months of Residency:2018/04 - 2019/03:Except for December 28 to January 4. See details below.

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Months of Application:2017/09 - 2017/10:Accepts application until November 1 for FY2018 or on vacancy.

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Application Guideline

Focus Area(s)

This program specializes in ceramics as a medium; however, creators of contemporary art are also accepted.

Residency Period / Application Period
●Residency Period
○ Guest artists (invited artists): from 1 to 3 months
○ Studio artists: from 1 month to 1 year
●Application Period
○ Guest artists: accepts application until the end of October or on vacancy.
○ Studio artists: accepts application until the end of October or on vacancy.
Number of Resident Artists
○ Guest artists: Approx. 6 individuals per year
○ Studio artists: Approx. 30 individuals per year
Conditions / Provisions
●Age limit: Yes
●Specification of countries: No
○ Basic experience about ceramics is required.
○ Guest artists are requested to contribute their work and are required to cooperate in events held by Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park, such as open studios.
[For guest artists]
1. Traveling expense: Available
2. Production fee: Available for guest artist (¥210,000)
 3. Living cost: Available for guest artist (¥200,000 - 450,000)Assistance for communication is available in Japanese and English.
 4. Technical support for skills such as materials and firing is available.
 5. We actively hold exhibitions of residents for as long as their duration of stay permits.
 6. Regular visits are made to Shigaraki Pottery and other places of interest.
Application Procedure
Submission of application documents (application form, essay) and visual images or data of artworks
* For studio artists and open call guest artists only
Screening Process
After screening by the selection committee, we adjust the duration of the stay.

Facilities Information

Program Name
Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park, Artist-In-Residence Program
Administrative Organization
The Foundation of Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park
Administrative Body
New Industry Promotion Division, Department of Commerce, Industry, Tourism and Labor, Shiga Prefecture
Facility Name
Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park
Facility Address
2188-7 Chokushi, Shigaraki, Koka, Shiga Prefecture
Facility Description
⚪︎Production room 1 (228m2), Production room 2 (138m2), kiln room, glazing room and others
⚪︎Administrative Building: office (General Affairs Section), director's office, manager's office, reception room, building manager's office, storeroom, library, audiovisual room (capacity: 46 individuals)
⚪︎The equipment and tools are only available for artists staying in the facility. As for kilns, a kiln rental service is available for outside persons. There are five gas kilns, four electric kilns, and seven wood-fired kilns, including Anagama.
⚪︎The Exhibition space: Available
* This space is only available for artists staying in the facility.
⚪︎Training Building: instructor's room (Creativity Training Section), 2 communal workshops, clay storeroom, drying room, gypsum room, glazing room, storeroom
⚪︎Accomodation: Available
There is a communal kitchen and a saloon.
: 3 guest rooms, 10 single rooms, dining room, kitchen, salon, and laundry room.
The accommodations are only available for artists staying in the facility.
Surrounding Environment
The Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park is located in Shigaraki, one of the six ancient kiln sites of Japan. It is close to the Nagano district in Shigaraki where visitors can find many pottery factories, as well as the Shigarakinomiya Ruins where Emperor Shomu began to build temples. The surrounding environment makes it easy for visitors to experience the area’s history including the history of Shigaraki ware.
○ By train:
From JR “Kusatsu” Station, take the Kusatsu Line to “Kisegawa” station; transfer to the Shigaraki Kogen Railway; get off at “Shigaraki” station. The Ceramic Cultural Park is a 20-minute walk from the station
The Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park is designed to fulfil diverse functions featuring the use of ceramics as materials, including the creation of works, workshops and exhibitions. It is also intended to form a base for promoting local industry, creating new culture, and sending information toward the rest of the world from Shiga through exchanges of people, objects and information. It was completed and opened in June 1990; an Artist-in-Residence program was initiated in 1992.
Year of (Program) Commencement
Program Objectives
The program is for holding events to allow people in Shiga Prefecture to gain a better understanding of and feel a closer affinity to ceramics. Such events would be opportunities for ceramics-related exchanges. The program is also aimed at promoting the ceramics industry and developing culture in the prefecture by administering the Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park. Under the above-mentioned objectives, the following projects are conducted.
1. Citizen-friendly Facility Project
○ Make the Park function-rich
○ Open the facility to the public
2. Development and Exchange of Culture Projects
○ Exhibition program
○ Creative program (Artist-in-residence program)
3. Promotion of Industry Projects
○ Promoting the ceramics industry in the prefecture
○ Attracting visitors as a tourist base
Program Activities
The creative training hall started accepting ceramic artists from around the world from its opening in 1992. Since then, it has provided opportunities for artists to produce work freely in Shigaraki. There is no curriculum. Therefore, artists can create their work according to their own plans in the creative training hall, the creative space. The facility is regularly occupied by around 10 ceramic artists working in the hall. The deepening of their exchanges with other artists with different styles and of different nationalities is expected to make the workshop environment even more stimulating.
By the end of 2014 fiscal year, The Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park has accepted 1000 ceramic artists from 49 countries. Art critics and researchers have visited the Center to give lectures. The facility is regularly occupied by more or less 10 studio artists and guest artists.
The facility annually accepts around 30 studio artists and six guest artists. It holds open studios six times a year, to be increased to seven sessions in the future. In addition, it holds lectures aimed at enlightening people, disseminating ceramic art, and promoting exchanges.

9 Guest artists: Shunichi Yabe (Japan), Tomoko Konno (Indonesia), Makoto Komatsu (Japan), Liz Williams (Australia) and others.
40 Studio artists(tentative)
It held open studios held six times.(tentative)
6 Guest artists: Jennifer Lee (UK), Shiro Matsui (Nara, Japan), Woo、Kwan Ho (South Korea) and others.
49 Studio artists
It held open studios held seven times.(tentative)
11 Guest artists: Kim Simonsson (Finland), Eric Kao (China), Kazuhito Nagasawa (Shiga, Japan) and others.
46 Studio artists
It held open studios held eleven times.
6 Guest artists: Leiko Ikemura (Germany), Garrett Masterson (USA), Toru Kurokawa (Kyoto, Japan) and others.
31 Studio artists
It held open studios eight times.
6 Guest artists: Akira Yamada (Shiga , Japan), Toshiji Yoshimura (Kyoto, Japan), Adil Writer (India) and others.
33 Studio artists
It held open studios six times.
Past Residents
Adil Writer, Aldo Rontini, Astrid Gerhartz, Carlos Carle, Carol McNicoll, Ching-yuan Chang, Daniel Pontoreau, Gwyn Hanssen Pigotto, Iwao Shinno, Jacques Kaufmann, Jennifer Lee, Jon Petty John, Jun Kaneko, Kato Kiyoji, Kazuhiko Miwa, Kim Simonsson, Kimpei Nakamura, Kwang-ho Woo, Leiko Ikemura, Ling-Yun Zhang, Liz Williams, Marea Gazzard, Masayuki Imai, Mitsuo Syoji, Mutsuo Yanagihara, Nathalie Lahdenmaki, Ole Lislerud, Paul Soldner, Pekka Paikkaari, Pekka Paikkari, Peter Voulkos, Sadashi Inuzuka, Sandor Kecskemeti, Sandro Lorenzini, Shiro Hayashi, Stephanie Quayle, Sueharu Hukami, Syoichi Ikeda, Tadayasu Sasayama, Takashi Nakazato, Toshiko Takaezu, Warren MacKenjie, Yamada Akira, Yasuhiko Kida, Yasuyoshi Sugiura, Yoshimura Toshiharu, Yoshitomo Nara
The Foundation of Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park
The Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park, 2188-7 Chokushi, Shigaraki-cho, Koka City, Shiga 529-1804 Japan
Contact Person: Yuki Ando
Last modified
May 30, 2017