This retrospective exhibition celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Seto International Ceramics and Glass Art Exchange Program. 68 artists have participated in this programme since its inception in 2000. In this exhibition, the artwork of 13 of these artists was selected and displayed at the Seto Ceramic and Glass Art Center from 26 September-1 November 2020. This included 4 of the pieces made during my participation in the programme in 2015.
Greeting statement included in leaflet:
Almost five years have passed since I first visited Seto as a ceramic artist in residence. I remain fascinated by the city’s rich ceramic culture, past and present, and I have since visited a further five times.
Then, the freedom to travel and experience new places and cultures seemed like an unassailable human right. Seto’s residency programme is a reminder of the importance of grassroots global collaboration and understanding in this unprecedented time of international crisis. I will never forget the unparalleled
camaraderie, kindness and hospitality I experienced during my time in Seto. The Covid-19 pandemic has offered us a chance to reflect on the past and plan for an alternative future. I am delighted to be represented in this timely retrospective exhibition.
I wish to thank the Seto City Cultural Promotion Foundation, the Shinseiki Kougeikan, and the people of Seto for the life-changing opportunities provided by this experience.