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.

Paid by artist:

Travel and accident insurance and living expenses.

Application guidelines:

Please download the application form and guideline from their website.

Will be announced in 2017 on their website.
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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 size of the studio is about 50 square meters.
  • Equipment is shared with the trainees working at the lab.
  • An assistant will be available if necessary (advance consultation required)
  • Equipment available to use at the Center is as follows:

    Ceramic Studio
    Gas kiln (2 cu. m & 0.5 cu. m) with shuttle style automatic controller: 1 unit per each size, electric kiln (10kW) with automatic controller; 2 units (1 of them is shared with the glass studio), electric kiln (15kW) with automatic controller: 1 unit (shared with the glass studio), electrical wheel for throwing, electrical wheel for making plaster mold, vacuum pug mill, pug mill, pot mill, automatic mortar, plaster vacuum pug mill, glaze spray booth, spray compressor, glaze mixer.

    Glass Studio
    Glass dissolving furnace (closed pot) 1 unit, glory hall: 3 units, annealing oven(10 kW): 1 unit, electric kiln, pick up oven (8kw), garage, pipe roller, pipe warmer, pipe cooler, bench, sand blaster, diamond grinder, flat disk grinder, two-spindle grinder, trim saw, water sander, diamond wheel, electric kiln (10kW, 15kW) with automatic controller: 1 unit each (shared with the ceramic studio).

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
Seto, 23

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