Enrolling the Studio Artists from April,2020 to March, 2021

The Institute of Ceramic Studies provides ‘a creation ground’ for those pursuing a pottery-making career, and for professional ceramic artists with wealth of knowledge and achievement.  Why not take this opportunity to make another leap forward, through exchanges with fellow ceramists and excellent artists, in a liberal and creative environment? From 1992 to 2018, we have hosted over 1200 artists from 53 countries around the world.

The apllication rule of the studio artists for the 2020 fiscal year is as below.

※We have finished our recruitment of the Studio Artists for the 2019 fiscal year
(April 2019~March 2020).

Studio Artist for 2020(April 2020~March2021)

1. Number of the Studio Artists
Total 30 persons

2. Qualifications
Artists who are over 20 years old

3. Staying Period
April 1st, 2020 ~ March 31st, 2021 
*Artists who can stay over 1 month to 1 year

The office and dormitories are closed for approximately one week around the New Year holiday December 29th – January 4th.

4.  Application Period
Application Period : September 1st, 2019~October 31st, 2019 at 17:00 in Japan time
Notification of the Result : Before December 28th, 2019
*In case there is a room after the first selection, We will take the applicants any time after December 28th.

5. Application method
From the link below, please apply by following the steps from below the link.
If you are planning to apply for both studio artist and guest artist, please apply for both studio artist and guest artist from each link.

The application period has ended. (2019.10.31 17:00)


6. Selection
Make the selection by the studio artist selection committee of The Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park.

7. Expenses
Studio Rental : 36,600 JPY / one month
Domitory : 19,300 JPY / one month
Bedding : 3,720 JPY / one month

• Due to the review of usage charges, it will be revised to the above amount from October 1, 2019.
• Residents are responsible for material costs, firing costs, travel expenses, and other living expenses.
• Expenses will be charged separately when using the air conditioner equipped in the room.

8. The others

  • You can hold an exhibition at The Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park or the exhibition space in Shigaraki during your stay.
  • We may ask you to slide lectures and workshops for the general public.
  • Depending on your work we may ask you to donate to The Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park.
    In that case, for the selection of the work, it will be considered by artists and our staff.


1. Apply
Confirmation e-mail is automatically sent to you, after accepting the application.
You receive it, it finishes to apply.
※If you did not receive confirmation mail, please refer to the [Applicants Guidelines].

2. Selection
Make the selection by the studio artist selection committee of The Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park.

3. Notification of Result
We will send a notification of the selection results to artists in writing and e-mail, before December 28th, 2019.

4. Schedule adjustment
As a result of the selection, artists who has been approved as a studio artist can make schedule adjustments with staffs by calling or e-mail.
By studios and accommodation situation, you may necessarily not afford a stay at the stay period of the first choice.

5. Certificate issued
As soon as the schedule adjustment, it will be issued documents such as “certificate” to artists .

6. Stay start
Artists start to stay by their adjusted schedule.

Applicants Guidelines

1. We will make the selection on the basis of the material that you have submited. Please do as much as possible in detail fill.

2. Please fill certainly to the third hope.

3. If you think to apply from outside the web, please contact to the Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park.


◎ If the applicant does not work, consider the following reasons. Check the following, please apply again.

1. Face photo, works images, the capacity of all of the image data, please below 1.5MB.

2. Face photo, work images, PDF files, the file names of all of the data is alphanumeric characters and the hyphen (-), underscore Bar (_), period (.), Please only.

3. There are successive errors due to apply from mobile phones and tablet PC. We ask that you apply from the personal computer.


Contact us

If you have questions about application, please contact the following.

The Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park, The Institute of Ceramic Studies
2188-7, Chokushi, Shigaraki-cho, Koka-city, Shiga-pref, 529-1804 JAPAN
TEL: +81 748-83-0909
FAX: +81 748-83-1193