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The Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park

Objective The program is for holding events to allow people in Shiga Prefecture to gain a better understanding of and feel a closer affinity to ceramics. Such events would be opportunities for ceramics-related exchanges. The program is also aimed at promoting the ceramics industry and developing culture in the prefecture by administering the Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park. Under the above-mentioned objectives, the following projects are conducted.
1. Citizen-friendly Facility Project
・Make the Park function-rich
・Open the facility to the public
2. Development and Exchange of Culture Projects
・Exhibition program
・Creative program (Artist-in-residence program)
3. Promotion of Industry Projects
・Promoting the ceramics industry in the prefecture
・Attracting visitors as a tourist base
Organization activities -Artists in residence program
-Ceramic class for public people
-Workshop, talk event
-Ceramic market in Spring and Autumn
-Information service on arts and culture through publication of website and SNS.

-Rental service of the facilities
Founded in 1992
Background The Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park is designed to fulfil diverse functions featuring the use of ceramics as materials, including the creation of works, workshops and exhibitions. It is also intended to form a base for promoting local industry, creating new culture, and sending information toward the rest of the world from Shiga through exchanges of people, objects and information. It was completed and opened in June 1990; an Artist-in-Residence program was initiated in 1992.
Location / Environment The Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park is located in Shigaraki, one of the six ancient kiln sites of Japan. It is close to the Nagano district in Shigaraki where visitors can find many pottery factories, as well as the Shigarakinomiya Ruins where Emperor Shomu began to build temples. The surrounding environment makes it easy for visitors to experience the area’s history including the history of Shigaraki ware.
Notes Guest artists in these year

Elliott Kayser (United States)
FUTAMURA Yoshimi (France)
AKINAGA Kunihiro (Japan)
TAKEUCHI Shingo (Japan)
Valentyna Byero (Ukraine)

KIM Riyoo (Japan)
Oishi Sayaka (Japan)
SHIOYA Ryota (Japan)
WAKASUGI Seiko (Japan)
Aor Sutthiprapha (Thailand)

HARA Nao (Japan)
Niisato Akio (Japan)
TANAKA Tetsuya (Japan)
ANDO Ikuko (Japan)
Vilma Villaverde (Argentina)
Ashwini Bhat (United States)
Antonella Cimatti (Italy)
Antja Scharfe (Germany)
Contact The Foundation of the Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park
2188-7, Chokushi, Shigaraki, Koka-city, Shiga 529-1804 Japan
Contact person:SUGIYAMA Michio, MATSUNAMI Yoshimi, ANDO Yuki

Facility information

Studio informationAvailable

Studio 1 (228 sq. m.)
Studio 2 (138 sq. m.)
Kiln room(5 gas kilns, 4 electric kilns, and 7 wood-fired kilns, )
Glazing room
Plaster room

*The equipment and tools are only available for artists staying in the facility. As for kilns, a kiln rental service is available for outside persons.


10 single rooms for Studio artists
3 twin rooms for Guest artists with kitchen

There is a communal kitchen, saloon and laundry room.

*The accommodations are only available for artists staying in the facility.

Presentation spaceAvailable

Exhibition Hall (28 sq.m.)
Depending on the dates of artists stay, they can have an exhibition at a nearby gallery.

Audio visual room


From JR “Kusatsu” Station, take the Kusatsu Line to “Kibugawa” station; transfer to the Shigaraki Kogen Railway; get off at “Shigaraki” station. The Ceramic Cultural Park is a 20-minute walk from the station