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Call for artist and designers

Creative Residency In Arita invites artists and designers for 3 months residency to work on ceramic works in Arita, Saga Japan.

The programme was launched in June 2016 with the much appreciated support of The Mondriaan Fund and The Creative Industries Fund of the Netherlands, initiated by Scholten & Baijings, co-creative directors of the 2016/ project. The latter fund is based on The Creative Industries Agreement established in 2013 between the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Tokyo and Saga Prefecture. The 2016/ project was also organized by Saga Prefecture and led by the two design studios, Scholten & Baijings and Teruhiro Yanagihara, both acting as creative directors. The project’s aim was to develop a contemporary porcelain tableware brand together with 16 international designers and 10 potters in Arita.

Our creatives will be provided with a basic working space in the Arita Ceramics Laboratory, which put a range of facilities at their disposable. These include electric kilns, photographic equipment, a state-of-the-art 3D printer, a milling machine, a mould-making room, a glaze research room, a wood workshop and a large co-working space complete with smaller private working areas. Working in tandem with researchers and communication support staff, the creatives have the opportunity to fully dedicate themselves for three months to creating their original works. In addition to the research laboratory, Arita also boasts a rich array of local potters: traditional, certified craftsmen, each of whom has mastered a unique skill within the world of porcelain production, such as hand-drawn decoration, mould-making or wheel-thrown pottery. These master craftsmen were keen to collaborate with our invited designers and artists. The myriad experiences and deep knowledge possessed by these craftsmen are the true lifeblood of both Arita’s past and future.

The residency affords the artists and designers the rare opportunity to work side by side with these highly skilled craftsmen. We have received six artists and designers in 2016. and 2017. Some worked with a particular potter or learn traditional painting techniques, while others developed new materials in conjunction with the laboratory researchers.

It is our heartfelt wish that this residency programme will prove  an inspiring catalyst for the creatives, who comprised people from a variety of different cultural backgrounds as well as local people. We are convinced that both groups will seize this opportunity to work together and come up with innovative products or new perceptions through their shared experiences. As such, these activities will showcase the inimitable techniques of Arita through the original works of  artists and designers of global calibre and renown.

 

STUDIO SPACE

 

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The residencies will be provided with a basic working space in the Arita Ceramics Laboratory which offers a range of facilities at their disposable. There are kilns, photo-shooting equipment, gas kilns, electric kilns, a 3D printer, a milling machine, a mould-making room, a glaze research room, a wood workshop, a large shared working space along with a smaller private working area. A fee for using these facilities is required from the invited artist. As for the human support, there would be technical advice available from professional researchers, expert in a variety of fields such as moulds, glazing, 3D modeling, 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 formatching with potters and trading companies if necessary.
In Arita, there are traditional craftsmen with national certification, each of whom is a master of painting, or wheelthrown pottery in their own right. The residency affords the artist the chance to collaborate with these highlyskilled craftsmen. In such cases, the working space will be located wherever that particular craftsman is working such as at The Ceramics School in Arita.

 

Ruta Butkute
The artist, Ruta Butkute working in the shared workshop studio in the laboratoy.

 

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The artist, Henri Jacobs learning underglaze painting from a traditional craftsman at the Ceramic School of Arita.

 

Tijmen Smeulders
The designer Tijmen Sumesulders is presenting his designs to trading compnaies in the laboratory.

 

Jan Broekstra
The designer Jan Broekstra checking his ramen bowls at a potter’s workshop.

 

ACCOMODATION

 

Accomodation

The house is located in the northern part of Arita Town, which is called Kami (uppper part) Arita. It takes 20 minutes to the studio and 10 minutes to the nearest supermarket by bike. Arita Station, the post-office, the hospital, the bank, and a convenience store are all reasonably close. The house has a large garden, two separate bedrooms; one of which is a Japanese-style room with the other being a Western-style room. There is a large living space and a lounge as a communal room. The toilet and shower-room are shared. Wifi, an air-conditioner for each room, a washing machine and a refrigerator are all provided in the house. The owners of the house who also act as the host family live in the neighbourhood and they assist in supporting the creative’s day to day life.

 

PRESENTATION & WORKSHOP

 

 Presentation and Workshop

The creatives are asked to present their own portfolio at the beginning of the residency to the locals as a way of introducing themselves and their works before Arita, so that potters and residents can have an idea of who you are and how you work. It is important for the locals to know your ideas and what especially interests you about Arita. At the end of the stay, the artists are asked to present their work in the form of a talk and ideally a presentation of the finished or sample pieces. If creatives wish to present their works outside of Arita such as in Osaka or Tokyo at the end of the period, they can discuss this with their coordinator and this can be organised, however, transportation and delivery of any works should be covered by the designers themselves. The exhibition place and any necessary arrangements can organised by the coordinator.

 

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Jan Broekstra
The designer Jan Broekstra Ramen Yatai performance in Osaka.

 

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The artist Ruta Butkute talk event and the exhibition for three weeks at in Osaka.

 

CREATORS 2016-2017

 

Ruta Butkute
Ruta Butkute / 06-08 2016
Artist, The Netherlands

 

 Jan Broekstra
Jan Broekstra / 06-08 2016
Designer, The Netherlands

 

Henri Jacobs
Henri Jacobs / 09-11 2016
Artist, The Netherlands

 

Floris Wubben
Floris Wubben / 09-11 2016
Designer, The Netherlands

 

 Susan Kooi
Susan Kooi / 06-08 2017
Artist, The Netherlands

 

 Tijmen Smeulders
Tijmen Smeulders / 06-08 2017
Designer, The Netherlands

 

current residence..
Helen Frick / 09-11 2017
Artist, The Netherlands

 

current residence..
Aliki Van Der Kruijs/ 09-11 2017
Designer, The Netherlands

 

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