Japanese, English
Ceramics: 40-60 days. Glass: 30-45 days
Paid by host:
  • Round trip transportation fee to Seto
  • Accommodation during the stay
  • Space for production of work in Seto Ceramics and Glass Art Center.
  • Expenses of materials and firing fee.
  • 1,250 yen per day as living expenses.
Paid by artist:

Travel and accident insurance and living expenses.

Application guidelines:

Please download the application form and application details.


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Seto Ceramics and Glass Art Center

Seto Ceramics and Glass Art Center

Art Exchange Program

This residency started as a program to promote international exchange through the fired pottery and glassworks that are characteristic of Seto. The word, 'Seto-mono', has historically been used in Japan to designate the ceramics in any style. The origin of this word is founded in the high regard attributed to the potters of Seto City. Based on their city's incredibly rich and unique deposits of ceramic and glass materials, the contemporary artists of Seto city continue to build this rich tradition. The residency program is intended to share this tradition with artists throughout the world. The art exchange programsupports the ceramic and glass artists from all over the world to exchange ideas with local artists, which will bring new perspectives to Seto City with more than 1000 years of ceramic history. This program also intends to encourage Seto citizens to encounter different forms of artistic expression through the art and cultural activites.

  • Artists must donate 2 to 3 pieces of work created during the program to Seto City for collection and exhibition.
  • Artists must conduct public activities such as slide lecture, open studio, school visit, public engagement with Seto citizens.
  • Artist will be requested to report to the organisation during the program at Seto city within a year after you go back to your home country by articles or papaers at newspapers, magazines and website etc.
Accommodation Information

Individual room with shower, mini kitchen, washing machine and air conditioner.

Technical Information

The Center is open from 10:00 -18:00, closed on Tuesdays and December 28 to January 4.

The size of the studio is about 50 square meters. Please use it together with the trainees of ceramic artists and glass artists (ceramic 5 persons and glass 3 persons). Equipment is also shared with the trainees working at the lab. Equipment available to use at the Center is as follows:

  • Gas kiln (2 cu. m & 0.5 cu. m) with shuttle style: 1 unit per each size
  • Electric kiln (10kW) with automatic controller: 2 units, Electric kiln (15kW) with automatic controller: 1 unit
  • Electrical wheel, Vacuum pug mill, Pug mill, Pot mill, Automatic mortar, Plaster vacuum pug mill, Spray compressor, Electric clay mixer, Electrical wheel for plaste

Seto City is located about 20 km northeast from Nagoya City and renowned as one of the major production centers of pottery in Japan with a history and tradition of more than 1000 years. Their facility is located at the center of the city, and in the neighborhood are cultural facilities such as Seto City Art Museum, Seto-Gura Museum, and Seto Municipal Center of Multimedia and Traditional Ceramics.

Contact information

113-3 Nishiibara-cho
c/o Seto City Cultural Promotion Foundation

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