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117th (2021) Arita International Ceramics Competition – We are calling for submission of entry works

The Arita International Ceramics Competition will be held for the 117th time this year. Last year, the competition unfortunately had to be cancelled due to the spread of COVID-19.

Each year, the pieces of art are selected at the beginning of April and displayed during the Golden Week. As the most historic ceramic exhibition in Japan, such famous persons as Manji Inoue and Aoki Ryūzan have entered this competition which is considered a gateway to success for young artists.


This year, parts of the schedule and the application guidelines have been changed. Also, in order to prevent the further spread of COVID-19, entries from abroad are not allowed to participate in the competition. We ask for your understanding and cooperation regarding this measure and await the entry of many pieces of art.

 

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Conditions for application:Please refer to the application guidelines
Divisions:The Competition is divided into two divisions, the Art Crafts and Objects Division and the Industrial Ceramic Arts Division
Prizes:The prizes awarded are the Governor of Saga Prefecture Award and many others
Host:Saga Prefecture Arita Town Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Authorization:Arita Porcelain Oroshi Danchi Arita Sera Association, Saga Prefecture Ceramic Art Association, Saga Prefecture Ceramic Commerce Association, Saga Prefecture Ceramic Manufacturers Cooperative, Hizen Maruhi Association
Venue

Art Crafts and Objects Division ➡ The Kyūshū Ceramic Arts Museum

Industrial Ceramic Arts Division ➡ Saga Prefecture Ceramic Manufacturers Cooperative

Competition Information

The “Arita International Ceramics Exhibition” is being held in Arita, the birthplace of porcelain in Japan. The history dates back to the time of the “Ceramics Fair” to the “Kyuushuu Yamaguchi Ceramics Exhibition” with a great number of artists having entered this competition. At this exhibition, we are awaiting a great variety of entries that will see into the future to create new trends or be reminiscent of the good old times in a competition that goes through all divisions. 

This ceramics competition is being held to collect ceramic works from all over the world in Arita Town, Saga Prefecture, the origin of Japanese ceramics, for the purposes of appreciation by the general public, as well as to promote technical exchanges, the improvement of quality and design, the continuation of traditional arts and industrial growth.

 

Application Guidlines

Application Guidlines(PDF)  Update (2020.12.9)

At the ceramic competition, there are 2 divisions set up: “Art Crafts and Objects Division” and “Industrial Ceramic Arts Division”.

The application can either be fulfilled in writing or using the application form that are prepared for each division. Please pay attention to the requirements when choosing your preferred means of application.

 

Art Crafts and Objects Division

Each year, the entries that passed the examination are exhibited at the “Kyūshū Ceramics Museum”. The winning pieces for each prize category are chosen among approximately 90 entries.

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”Excel”2021 Application Form Art Crafts 

 

Industrial Ceramic Art Division

All entries will be exhibited in the “Saga Prefecture Ceramic Manufacturers Cooperative”. Furthermore, the pieces that received the first three prizes will be displayed in the “Kyūshū Ceramics Museum” until the Award Ceremony in case the artist produced a similar piece of art. The pieces of art will be put on sale so the artist is asked to produce a similar piece of art in case there has been an order from a buyer. The exhibition period overlaps with the Arita Tōki`ichi so in case opening an extra branch during the Tōki`ichi appears difficult, it will be possible to handle sales through the organizing office of the Ceramics Exhibition instead.
Please refer to the Application Guidelines and the Application Form for further details.  

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”Excel”2021 Industrial Ceramic Arts Division 

 

Please use the “Introduction of the Winning Works” page to your reference regarding winning works etc. of the previous Arita International Ceramics Competition. 

Prizes

Art Crafts and Objects Division

1st Prize 1 Million Yen

After the exhibition, the 1st prize winner will donate this work to the event organizer.

Saga Prefecture Governor’s Prize – Prize Money 300.000 Japanese Yen
Arita Town Mayor’s Prize – Prize Money 100.000 Japanese Yen

In addition, there will be 15 prizes in total including the “International Relations Association of the Porcelain City of Arita Prize” which is only for applicants with non-Japanese citizenship.

Industrial Ceramic Arts Division

1st Prize 500.000 Yen

After the exhibition, the 1st prize winner will donate this work to the event organizer.

Saga Prefecture Governor’s Prize – Prize Money 300.000 Japanese Yen
Arita Town Mayor`s Prize – Prize Money 100.000 Yen

In addition, there will be 19 prizes in total including the “International Relations Association of the Porcelain City of Arita Prize” which is only for applicants with non-Japanese citizenship.

 

Work Delivery Period

March 21st (Sun) – March 23rd (Tue), 2021

The application form can also be handed in earlier. 

In order to prevent the further spread of COVID-19, entries from abroad are not allowed to participate in the competition this year.

Please send your entry work to the division you applied for or transport it there by yourself. 

If you can not specify the arrival time please contact us by e-mail, etc. beforehand.

Awards Ceremony 

April 28th, 2021 (Wednesday) 13:30~  (The Kyushu Ceramics Museum of Saga Prefecture)

117th (2021) Arita International Ceramics Competition – Exhibition Period

April 29th, 2021 (Thursday/Public Holiday) ~ May 9th, 2021 (Sunday)
(The same type of the upper 3 winning works at the Industrial Ceramic Arts Division will also be exhibited at the Kyushu Ceramic Museum. After the examination, a notification will be sent to the applicants of these works, who are requested to deliver another exemplar to the Kyushu Ceramic Museum until April 27th.) 

Exhibition Venues – Work Delivery Location

Art Crafts and Objects Division

Saga Prefectural Kyushu Ceramic Museum (3100-1 Toshaku-otsu, Arita-cho, Nishimatsuura-gun, Saga-ken),
Postal Code: 844-8585, Tel: 0081-955-43-3681
“The same type of work” of the 1st – 3rd winning works at the Industrial Ceramic Arts Division, will be exhibited as well.  

Industrial Ceramic Arts Division

Saga Prefecture Ceramic Manufacturers Cooperative (1217 Hokaomachi-hei, Arita-cho, Nishimatsuura-gun, Saga-ken),
Postal Code: 844-0026, Tel: 0081-955-42-3164

Host

Saga Prefecture, Arita Town, Arita Chamber of Commerce and Industry

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▲View of the examination at the 116 Art Crafts and Objects Division 【The Kyushu Ceramic Museum】

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▲View of the examination at the 116 Industrial Ceramic Arts Division 【Saga Prefecture Ceramic Manufacturers Cooperative】

117th (2021) Arita International Ceramics Competition – Judges (Listed after the Japanese Alphabet)

Art Crafts and Objects Division

Judge Name Affiliation

石﨑 泰之
Yasuyuki Ishizaki

 

山口県立萩美術館・浦上記念館 副館長
Yamaguchi Prefectural Hagi Uragami Museum

河合 徳夫
Tokuo Kawai

日展特別会員
日本新工芸家連盟理事
Nitten Special Examiner
Director of the Japan Shinkougei Association

神農 巌
Iwao Shinnou

日本工芸会常任理事
Permanent Director Japan Kougei Association

Industrial Ceramic Arts Division

Judge Name Affiliation

安積 伸
Shin Azumi

法政大学デザイン工学部 システムデザイン学科 教授
Housei University Faculty of Engineering and Design System Design Department Teacher

疇地 顕正
Akimasa Azechi

株式会社アイトー 代表取締役社長
President of AITO co., ltd. 

 

金ヶ江 悦子
Etsuko Kanagae

トータルビューティディレクター
Total Beauty Director

Inquiries 

Arita International Ceramics Competition Organizer (Arita Town Hall Commerce, Industry & Tourism Division)
Tel:0081-955-46-2500