Anna-Maria Wiljanen
Residencies - Ceramics
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The Finnish Institute in Japan, in cooperation with Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park (SCCP), organises an annual residency, where one Finnish ceramic artist is selected. Finnish artists have an opportunity to experience the Japanese ceramic art in a new residency established in 2017. In Japan, ceramic art is characterized by an exceptionally long history and artistically ambitious atmosphere.

The residency period is organised in Autumn lasting 1.5 months. It covers rented living quarters provided by SCCP,  shared studio space, and round-trip transportation from Finland to Shigaraki. In addition, some of the material and labor costs will be reimbursed.

Vuoden 2018 residenssitaiteilija Man Yau Shigarakissa. Kuva: Anna-Maria Wiljanen

Year 2018 artist in residence, Man Yau in Shigaraki. Photo: Anna-Maria Wiljanen

One ceramic artist is selected for the residency. Working groups can not apply for the program. 2020 residency period will be in 15.10.–30.11.2020. The resident artist must present his / her work and experiences in the the institute’s social media channels through pictures, texts, audio or video, and to produce a final report after the end of the residency period. In addition, the artist is expected to make a presentation of his / her work.

Deadline for applications, including a research plan, a portfolio with 5–10 selected works and a CV with a profile picture, is 28th of February 2020. Applications must be in English and can be sent by e-mail only to culture@finstitute.jp


Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park is a well-known and prestigious center of ceramics in Japan with a long-standing international residency program. SCCP is located about four hours from Tokyo in the area known for its ceramic art. The village has all the necessary services, but the chosen artist has to be able to work and live independently in a rather remote area. Over the years SCCP has had about 17 Finnish artists.

In the shared studio space, about 10 artists work simultaneously. SCCP’s own staff is there also to assist the artists. Shigaraki Ceramic Culture Park’s own website offers a lot of useful information about the center and its residency program. The application by the Finnish Institute in Japan is separate from SCCP’s other applications, but follows the form of “Studio Artist”.

For more information about Shigaraki, see links: Facility / Dormitory