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Mashiko Museum Residency Program

Objective The Mashiko Museum Residency Program was initiated with the aim of cultivating exchanges between Mashiko Town and the artists from outside (both nationally and internationally). It also aspires to share Mashiko's ceramic and other craft traditions with others.
Organization activities - Artist in Residence
- Organizing the exhibition, workshop, lecture, study meeting, etc.
- Providing the information by the website, social media, publication, etc.
- Rental room
Founded in 2014
Background In 1920, Shoji Hamada and Bernard Leach went to St Ives, UK and built a kiln there. Besed on the history of their relationship, Mashiko Town established a friendship town with St Ives in 2012. Mashiko Arts & Crafts Residence has been built with the generous donation from Minoru Otsuka, a Mashiko-born businessman and the founder of Otsuka Corporation. The facility was completed in spring 2014 and is where the artists stay. We are promoting the international exchange through the ceramic and other craft traditions.
Location / Environment Mashiko Museum of Ceramic Art is located on the hill near the Jonaizaka street where is crowded with the tourists during the Pottery Fair in spring/autumn. The artists stay at the Mashiko Arts and Crafts Residence in the rich natural environment, and work at the pottery studio. You can fire the pots also with the wood kiln in one day.
Inquiry Mashiko Museum of Ceramic Art
3021 Mashiko, Mashiko-machi, Haga-gun, Tochigi, 321-4217, Japan
TEL: 0285-72-7555
FAX: 0285-72-7600
Email: residence[at]
Contact person: (Ms.) Masako Onishi

Facility information

Studio informationAvailable

Pottery Studio (one-story wooden building): Equipped with the electric wheels, electric kilns, etc.
For details, see the Application Details on our website:

Wood kiln


Mashiko Arts and Crafts Residence (one-story wooden building):
2 bedrooms* for the artists, a communal kitchen, dining room, laundry room, atelier (For holding the slide lecture. Capacity: app. 30 people)
*Each bedroom has bed, desk, sofas, bathroom with toilet and bathtub, mini kitchen.

Exhibition spaceAvailable

Exhibition room 3 at the Mashiko Museum of Ceramic Art: Every year, the works made in Mashiko by 1 to 3 residents are exhibited along with the original pieces and the photographs taken during their residencies.


Train/From Oyama Station, take the Mito Line to Shimodate. Transfer to Moka Railway. 25-minute walk from Mashiko Station.

Bus from Utsunomiya/Take the Kanto Bus heading to Mashiko from either Tobu Utsunomiya Station or bus station 14 outside of JR Utsunomiya Station, west exit. 60-minute ride followed by a 2-minute walk from the bus stop “Tougei Messe Iriguchi”. One-way : 1,170yen (As of October 1st 2019)

Bus from Tokyo/Take the Kanto Yakimono Liner of Ibaraki Kotsu from Akihabara. The bus stop is outside of the Central Exit of JR Akihabara Station. 160-minute ride followed by a 2-minute walk from the bus stop “Tougei Messe Iriguchi”.

Open calls

Currently there is no program available for application.