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AD Arita Ware Open Studio & Interactive Exhibition Event “Go Forward 2023” to Be Held by NEXTRAD

NEXTRAD is a team formed by 13 people of young entrepreneurs and successors of porcelain manufacturing companies in Arita and Imari. Their mission is to address various issues currently faced by the Arita ware industry and actively engage in activities to ensure that Arita ware, with over 400 years of history, is connected to the future as a sustainable industry.

Following last year’s event, NEXTRAD is organizing the open studio and interactive exhibition event, “Go Forward 2023” this autumn, scheduled for November 17 and 18, 2023. In the exhibition, manufacturers will explain the craftsmanship of Arita ware based on keywords with the initial letter “P” (Porcelain / Process / Polyethism / Professionalism / Peculiarity / Planning / Prototype / Production / Pricing / Path / Promotion / Purchaser / Partnership / Passion). In addition to the exhibition, there will be open studio events where visitors can observe the manufacturing process which is typically not accessible to the public. Workshops will also be available for experiencing the unique techniques of each kiln, such as “ikomi (mold casting),” “itchin (a drawing method using slip),” and “tensha (transfer printing).”

The event provides a valuable opportunity to learn about Arita ware directly from the craftsmen who are dedicated to their craft every day. We highly recommend visiting Arita to feel their enthusiasm for shaping the region’s future.


◾️Related information
“Go Forward 2023”
Dates: November 17 and 18, 2023
Hours: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Main venue: arita mononosu (1217, Hokaomachi Hei, Arita-cho, Nishimatsuura-gun, Saga Prefecture)

Open studio events:
November 17, 2023
10:30 am: Kouyou Kiln (2380-1, Kuwakoba Otsu, Arita-cho, Nishimatsuura-gun, Saga Prefecture)
2:00 pm: Fujimaki Seitou (1804, Hokaoyama Hei, Arita-cho, Nishimatsuura-gun, Saga Prefecture)

November 18, 2023 *Applications are no longer accepted as it’s already fully booked.
Co-sponsored with “SAGA Monosugo Tour” by Saga Prefecture
Morning: Hataman Touen, Tamori Touen (Imari)
Afternoon: Tokko Kiln, Kichiemon Porcelain, Yagenjigama (Arita)

Manufacturing process workshops:
November 17, 2023
1:00 pm
3:00 pm

November 18, 2023 *Applications are no longer accepted as it’s already fully booked.
Co-sponsored with “SAGA Monosugo Tour” by Saga Prefecture

*Advance reservations are required to participate in open studio events and workshops. For details, please check the official website directly.



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