Sasama International Ceramic Festival : SASAMA International Ceramic Art Festival 2019

Major festival in Japan with Sarah Villeneau and others showingvill

SASAMA International Ceramic Art Festival (ICAF) took place in 2011 as a first-held international ceramic festival in Japan, which offers an opportunity to mingle with ceramic artists and ceramic lovers in the world through various interactive events.
In Europe and the U.S.A., there are many international ceramic festivals where ceramic artists perform.
Whereas, here in Japan, a home of ceramic culture, such an event where ceramists can exchange their ideas and techniques has never been held so far.
The venue, Sasama (Shizuoka, JAPAN) is a scenic valley village, surrounded by abundant nature and known as a production area of high-quality green tea. Moreover, unique and interesting Japanese local culture is still existing in their lives.
On the other hands, the village faces the issue of decreasing population and increasing aged.
The idea of ICAF arose with an encounter of Sasama residents who wanted to inherit their beautiful village to next generation and Shozo Michikawa who wanted to make an opportunity for young Japanese ceramists to inspire each other and exchange ideas with international people.
The festival is held every 2 years and organizers invite ceramic artists from all over the world.
The invitation artists will give demonstration and slide lecture during the festival. Moreover, about 70 ceramists who apply for the festival exhibit their pieces in the village. The festival offers not only to learn latest technique and information about ceramics, but also to meet locals and touch to traditional Japanese culture.

[1st (Fri) / 2nd (Sat)]
・Demonstration and Slide Lectures by Invited Artists
・Opening Ceremony

* There will be no exhibition and market on these days.
* You need to buy a ticket to attend to DS / SL
[3rd (Sun) / 4th (Mon)]
・Exhibitions and Market
・Activities (Hiking, Tea Ceremony etc)
・Food Market and Local Products

Makers at this event include (Members in Bold)