Sign up now! CSU Summer Arts is headed to Japan

Echizen, Japan by Todd Sharp

By Mariah Walton, Photography by Todd Sharp

This once in a lifetime experience runs from June 3, 2019 – June 24, 2019.  The application deadline has been extended until May 1, 2019 and you can sign up at www.csusummerarts.org.


Ancient kilns, master ceramic techniques, historic countryside, and an immersive experience in the Japanese culture await you this summer.  

Come join the CSU Summer Arts program and study the ancient art of Japanese ceramics alongside master ceramicists in rural Japan.  The class will explore the concept of “Sataoyama,” or socio-ecological landscapes, and students will learn how to apply this intersection of art and ecology to the creation of contemporary ceramic wares. 

Anagama wood kilns, Nejitate. By Todd Sharp
The ancient coil building technique, Nejitate. By Todd Sharp

Participants will stay in one of “six old kiln villages” in the prefecture of Echizen, Japan.  A known tourist destination for ceramic enthusiasts.  Participants will learn the ancient coil building technique, Nejitate, and participate in the 3-day firing of anagama wood kilns.

Afterwards, enjoy 4 days in Kyoto, Japan and see where ancient traditions meet modern Japan.

The ancient coil building technique, Nejitate. By Todd Sharp

This once in a lifetime experience runs from June 3, 2019 – June 24, 2019.  The application deadline has been extended until April 20, 2019 and you can sign up at www.csusummerarts.org. 

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The College of Arts and Humanities provides a diverse student population with the communication skills, humanistic values and cultural awareness that form the foundation of scholarship. The college offers intellectual and artistic programs that engage students and faculty and the community in collaboration, dialog and discovery. These programs help preserve, illuminate and nourish the arts and humanities for the campus and for the wider community.

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