What is SASAMA International Ceramic Art Festival?
In 2011, the SASAMA International Ceramic Art Festival (ICAF SASAMA) was the first interntional festival in Japan to offer ceramic artists and ceramic lovers from around the world the opportunity to mingle through various interactivie events.
In Europe and the U.S.A., there are many international ceramics festivals where ceramic artists perform.
Whereas, here in Japan, a home of ceramic culture, before 2011, such an event had never been held.
The venue, Sasama (Shizuoka, JAPAN) is a scenic mountain village, surrounded by abundant nature that is known as a production area of high-quality green tea. Moreover, the traditional local Japanese way of life still exists here.
However, tin the past few decades, the village has experienced a problem with young people leaving and consequently it has an increasingly older population.
The idea of the ICAF arose from an encounter between Sasama residents who wanted to leave their beautiful village to the next generation and Shozo Michikawa who wanted to make an opportunity for young Japanese ceramists to inspire each other and exchange ideas with international artists.
Since then, the festival has been held every 2 years and the organizers have invited ceramic artists from all over the world.
The invited artists give demonstrations and slide lectures during the festival. Moreover, all artists who attend to the festival exhibit their works in the village. The festival offers not only an opportunity to learn about innovations in ceramics and learn new techniques but also to meet locals and to experience traditional Japanese culture.
We hope the festival will be the opportunity for everyone to meet new people and new culture.
The Sponsor: SASAMA International Ceramic Art Festival Executive Committee
Art Director: Shozo Micikawa (ceramist)
President: Toru Kitajima
Vice President: Hisashi Negishi