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THE 6TH INTERNATIONAL CERAMICS COMPETITION MINO JAPAN

Calling for Entries for the International Ceramics, Mino, Japan, Competition 

Hosted by: International Ceramics Festival Executive Committee 
Honorary Chairperson: Her Imperial Highness, Princess Takamatsu





Through the global exchange of ceramic designs and cultures, the International Ceramics Festival Mino, Japan, will enhance culture, and further the growth of the ceramics industry. The first Festival was held in 1986, and this will be the 6th such event. The main attraction of The International Ceramics Festival '02 Mino, Japan, will be the Ceramics Competition, which has a markedly international flavor. In the last competition, there were 3,507 works entered from artists in 64 different countries and regions.

This competition has met the approval of the ICSID (International Council of Societies of Industrial Design). The actual works will be judged by Internationally-renowned people. Special measures to make it easier for overseas applicants to enter are being implemented, such as special handling of the registration and transportation. Together, these features will help to ensure that the competition will be a springboard to international success for world ceramics designers and artists.

The ceramics industry has recently seen the entry of new materials and techniques into the field, along with continuing advances in the creation of a borderless world. Together, these are expected to create new parameters for the industry. With expectations of even more unique artistic endeavors than ever before, we look forward to having the opportunity of viewing entries which will open new horizons.



BASIC PHILOSOPHY

This contest is intended to give us the opportunity to reflect upon the traditions associated with ceramics, which is a large and vital activity that has extended over the past 10,000 years. It is of great importance that we renew our knowledge of the spirit and existence of ceramics through a study of its history. Outstanding pottery represents the discovery of beauty in and the application of spirit to objects which were originally produced with no particular consideration of these qualities. Even in the simplest of bowls, we can recognize something extraordinary, feel the color, experience a profound tactile sensation; shapes that are neither magnificent nor strongly impressive in themselves can present us with a glimpse of the universe. Ceramics are imbued with a life force $B!] (Ba force that blends with the desires and forms of people's daily lives that suggests new vistas and transforms the boundaries of time to continue thriving throughout centuries. Now as we see the beginning of the 21st century, we face an age of mass production, mass consumption, new materials, and new technologies. And we question ourselves. In which direction will the strong waves of our times sweep the spirit and existence of ceramics? Will creative powers be lost before the onslaught of technological achievement? Will we come to deny the warm bonds of humanity that have bound us to our fellow mortals? We commit ourselves to making the International Ceramics Festival '02 Mino, Japan, the site of a glimpse into a future blessed with creativity, backed by the ultimate in technical sophistication, and with the unlimited potential of humanity. 



SUMMARY OF COMPETITION

ENTRY CATEGORIES 
1. Ceramics Design 
This category refers to those works which are made of ceramics and designed for planned production or mass production, including small lot productions of many varieties. 
2. Ceramic Arts 
Any ceramic products which are creatively conceived will be accepted. 

THEME 
No specific theme is provided. What is equally asked for in the two categories is your inspiration expressed in the work, free from conventional ideas. Work that will shape the future of ceramics. 

AWARDS 
Awards are identical for both the Ceramics Design Contest and the Ceramic Arts Contest.
Grand Prix (one per contest)----3 million yen 
Gold Award (one per contest)----1 million yen 
Silver Awards (two per contest)----500,000yen 
Bronze Awards (five per contest)----300,000yen 
Special Judge's Awards (seven per contest)----200,000yen 
Number of works chosen per final evaluation: Up to 100 pieces per contest 
The winner of Grand Prix will be invited to a ceremony, and then, an exhibition of the winner's works will be held the following year (all expenses related to this exhibition will be borne by the sponsors). 
* The awards are subject to tax. 
* In addition, all prize-winners and those whose works are chosen for final evaluation will receive a catalog (pictorial record) of all entries (however, in the case of group entries, only the representative will receive a catalog). 

JUDGING 
All entries in both the Ceramics Design Contest and the Ceramic Arts
Contest will be reviewed, and the selected works shall be submitted for
the final evaluation, in which the award-winning entries will be
determined. 

-Period of Judging: June 25 to June 27, 2002 (3 days) 
-All contestants will be notified in writing. 
-All judgments are final. No requests for explanation concerning the judgments shall be accepted. 

AWARD CEREMONY 
The Award Ceremony will be held on the eve of the 6th International Ceramics Festival '02 Mino, Japan. 
-Date: October 11, 2002. 
-Venue: Ceramics Park MINO 

EXHIBITION 
All entries selected for the final evaluation will be exhibited. 
-Period: October 12 to November 4, 2002 
-Venue: Ceramics Park MINO Exhibition Hall 

RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS
All copyrights, industrial property and rights relating to industrial property etc. shall be held by the contestants. Contestants therefore have a responsibility to protect these rights and should, if necessary, take the appropriate steps to register designs before submitting their work. As the Japanese Patent Office is one of the competition's sponsors, entries are eligible for the exception of the loss of design's originality for six months after the opening of the exhibition. However, contestants shall, by the act of application to this competition, agree that all rights relating to the exhibition of entries that receive prizes or are selected for final evaluation in the 6th International Ceramics Competition Mino, Japan, including rights related to pictorial records and video/CD-ROM recordings of the exhibition as well as their sale and release, and rights to carry photographs of the entries in publications issued with the sponsor's permission, shall be held by the sponsor. 

OFFICIAL LANGUAGES 
The official languages of the 6th International Ceramics Competition Mino, Japan shall be limited to Japanese and English. 

PICTORIAL RECORDS
Photographs will be taken of all entries that receive awards or are selected for final evaluation. These photographic records will be printed and offered for sale in the Exhibition Hall during the period of the International Ceramics Festival '02 Mino, Japan. Also, they will be offered for sale by post. 

QUALIFICATIONS FOR CONTESTANTS 

Category 

Qualifications 
Number of Entries
Originality of Entries 

Size of Entries 

Ceramics Design 

Ceramic Arts 

There are no specific qualifications required for contestants. Both individual and group entries will be accepted. 

Each individual or group is allowed up to 3 entries for both categories.(total 6 entries)

Entries must be creations or pieces which have not been exhibited elsewhere. *1 

Design drawings or design drawings accompanied by plaster models including other are acceptable. 

The size, weight, and configuration of entries should be such that transportation and delivery are not hindered. *2 

The size of any design drawing submitted must be 594mm x 840mm 

*1 If it is determined that an entry has infringed upon design rights, even after the announcement of the judges' decision, the entry may be barred from selection for the final evaluation and from winning any prizes. 
*2 Entries that may impede transportation or exhibition will not be accepted. Please contact the Executive Committee for details. 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION REGARDING ENTRIES 
-Attached Documents 
Be sure to include an entry form, a display direction form and curriculum vitae. In the absence of the display direction form or photos of the works with any display instructions, it will be understood that it has been left to the discretion of the sponsor on how the entry should be displayed for the contest and presented in the catalogue. Photographs and written instructions will not be returned. 
-Miscellaneous Information 
Entries must be packed carefully to avoid damage. The sponsor cannot assume responsibility for any damages sustained to the entries before they have been received. 

Entries will be unpacked in the presence of three parties, the sponsor, Nippon Express Personnel, and representatives from the judges' panel. 

-Storage of Entries 
The sponsor will take every precaution against accidents or damage when storing entries; however, we cannot be held responsible for accidents or damage caused by natural disasters, and others over which we have no control. 



INSURANCE
Insurance on all entries must be secured by the contestant from the time the courier service picks up the work until it is delivered to the Ceramics Park Mino. The entries delivered by the local authorized courier must be insured when they are delivered to the courier. The sponsor will not be held accountable for any accidents or damage to any entries shipped without insurance. 

The sponsor will insure all entries after their arrival to a maximum liability of 300,000yen. This insurance shall cover the works during the period of judging, storage, transfer and exhibition. 

APPLICATION METHOD
APPLICATION PROCEDURES 
(A) Domestic Contestants 
-Application 
Complete the required information on the application from and forward it to the Executive Committee Office by post. (Application for registration is attached to the end of this brochure) 

When applying as a group, fill in the group name, representative and contact address in the appropriate sections on the application form. 

Mailing address of application:
International Ceramics Festival '02 Mino, Japan Executive Committee Office 
5-68-1 Ueno-cho, Tajimi City, Gifu Prefecture 507-8708, Japan 

Deadline: February 28, 2002 (Application should be postmarked on or before this day) 

2. Registration Fee 
Pay the registration fee by postal transfer with the application form. 
(Registration fees cannot be refunded under any circumstances) 

Registration Fee: 1 entry: 4,000 yen 2 entries: 7,000 yen 3 entries:
10,000 yen 4 entries: 12,000 yen 5 entries 14,000 yen 6 entries:
16,000 yen 

Account for Transfer: Postal Transfer 

Account Name: The 6th International Ceramics Competition Mino, Japan 

Account Number: 00860-6-86802 

Deadline: Please wire payment by February 28, 2002 

3. Receipt of Documents 
Upon receipt of the application form and confirmation of the registration fee transfer, the sponsor will send the following documents to applicants. 

- Entry Form 
- Display Direction Form 
- Entry Label 
- Curriculum Vitae 
- Package Label 

(B) Overseas Contestants 

1. Application 
Complete the required information on the application form and forward it to the Executive Committee Office by post. (Application for registration is attached to the end of this brochure) 

When applying as a group, fill in the group name, representative and contact address in the appropriate sections on the application form. 

Mailing address of application: 
International Ceramics Festival '02 Mino, Japan Executive Committee Office 
5-68-1 Ueno-cho, Tajimi City, Gifu Prefecture 507-8708, Japan 

Deadline: February 28, 2002 (Application should be postmarked on or before this day) 

2. Registration Fee Not required 

3. Receipt of Documents Upon receipt of the application form, the sponsor will send the following documents to applicants. 

- Entry Form 

- Display Direction Form 

- Curriculum Vitae Form 

- Entry Label 

- Package Label 

- Credit Label 

- Invoice Form 

ACCEPTANCE OF ENTRIES
(A) Domestic Contestants 
Domestic contestants can deliver their entries by themselves or by courier. 

Entries delivered in person

Acceptance Period 

Attached Documents 

Address for Transportation 

Precautions 

June 22 and 23, 2002, 10:00am-4:00pm 

-Entry Form 

-Curriculum Vitae (with a photo of your face) 

-Display Direction Form x 2 (A photo of the work must be affixed to both of the forms.) 

Ceramics Park Mino 
4-2-5 Higashi-machi, Tajimi City 
Please refer to the map on the page 10. 

Entry labels must be affixed to the back of each entry. 

* Note: Only registered entries will be accepted. 

On the day of submission, the contestant will be given a receipt/claim ticket. 

Entries delivered by courier
From June 3 to June 14, 2002 (no later than this date) 

*Receiving office closed on Saturdays and Sundays. 

Entry Form 

-Curriculum Vitae (with a photo of your face) 

-Display Direction Form x 2 (A photo of the work must be affixed to both of the forms.) 

Address for transportation 

The 6th International Ceramics Competition '02 Mino, Japan 

c/o Nippon Express Co., Ltd., Chubu Art Division 

4-11-39 Meieki-minami, Nakamura-ku, Nagoya 450-0003, Japan 

Tel. (052) 581-5083 

-All works must be sent with prepaid shipping insurance. 

-Entry labels must be affixed to the back of each entry and on the top and on the side of each package. (total of three entry labels per entry). 

-Package labels must be clearly visible and affixed to two sides of each package. 

(B) Overseas Contestants 

Overseas contestants may ship their entries using a local authorized courier or by directly mailing them to the sponsor. 

Delivery to the local authorized courier 

Acceptance Period May 15 to May 31, 2002 (no later than this date) 

Attached Documents 

-Entry Form 

-Curriculum Vitae (with a photo of your face) 

-Display Direction Form x 2 (each form with a photo of the work) 

-Invoice Form 
*The invoice form must be affixed to the airway bill together with a photo of the work. 

Address for Delivery 

Nippon Express Co., Ltd. and firms acting in cooperation with Nippon Express Co., Ltd. 
(Please refer to the list of authorized couriers on page 11~12.) 
*Nippon Express Co., Ltd. is authorized by the International Ceramics Festival '02 Mino, Japan. 

Transportation Fee: 
Costs borne by applicant: expenses incurred in transporting entries to the nearest authorized local courier, such as customs duties, handling charges, packing charges and insurance fees, will be assumed by the individual contestant. 

Costs borne by the sponsor: airfreight charges incurred in import, including import duties and storage fees, will be assumed by the sponsor 

Packing Precautions 
-Entry labels must be affixed to the back of each entry and on the top and on the side of each package. 
-Package labels must be clearly visible and affixed to two sides of each package. 
-Credit labels must be clearly visible and affixed to two sides of each package. 
-Packages without credit labels will not arrive in Japan 

Direct mailing to the sponsor 
June 1 to June 14, 2002 (no later than this date) 

-Entry Form 

-Curriculum Vitae (with a photo of your face) 

-Display Direction Form x 2 (each form with a photo the work) 

-Invoice Form 
*The invoice form must be affixed to the airway bill together with a photo of the work. 

Address for delivery 

The 6th International Ceramics Competition Mino, Japan 
c/o Nippon Express Co., Ltd, Nagaya Airport Branch, Import Div. 
Toyoba-Nakashinden, Toyoyama-cho, Nishikasugai-gun, Aichi Pref. 480-0200
Japan 
Tel:+81-568-28-4122 

Contestants shall bear all transportation expenses incurred. 

Packing Precautions 

-Entry labels must be affixed to the back of each entry and on the top and on the side of each package. 

-Package labels must be clealy visible and affixed to two sides of each package. 

-Credit labels must be clealy visible and affixed to two sides of each package 

-Packages without credit labels will not arrive in Japan 



JUDGES
The panel for each section will include three Japanese and four
non-Japanese judges. 

1. Ceramics Design
Shin Matsunaga (Chairperson of the Judge's Panel) / Japan
Motomi Kawakami / Japan
Fumi Kimura / Japan
Alan Chan./.China 
Nino Caruso / Italy
David Queensberry / U.K.
Tapio Yli-Viikari / Finland



2. Ceramic Arts 
Kenji Kaneko (Chairperson in Judge's Panel) / Japan
Kozo Kato / Japan
Sueharu Fukami / Japan
Carlos Carle / Italy
Cai Guo-Qiang / U.S.A.
Paul Greeenhalgh / Canada
Janet Mansfield / Austraria



RETURN OF ENTRIES
Handling of the prize-winning works. 

The entries chosen for Grand Prix and the Gold Awards will become the property of the sponsor. 

With the exception of the Grand Prix and Gold Prize winners, works will be returned in the following manner. As a basic rule, any work which the artist doesn't wish to be returned will be donated to a public institution. However, please be aware that, on occasion, works are discarded. Works cannot be donated to individuals. We ask for your understanding in these matters. 

(C) Domestic Contestants 

Return Period 
Entries not selected for a prize
Pick up in person 

July 6 and 7, 10:00am-4:00pm 

(Ceramics Park Mino) 

Those who delivered their entries in person should pick them up during this period. 

Returned by transport company 

Sent within 6 months of the end of judging. 
Prize-winning entries other than the Gold Award / Entries selected for final judging Sent within 6 months of the end of the exhibition (works can also be picked up in person). 

Transport Fees
All transportation will be handled Nippon Express Co., Ltd., C.O.D. (includes all expenses incurred for packing materials, insurance, transport fees, and storage charges) 

(D) Overseas Contestants 

Return Period 
Entries not selected for a prize
Returned by transport company (items will be returned to the originating address only) 

Sent within 6 months of the end of judging. 
Prize-winning entries other than the Gold Award / Entries selected for final judging
Sent within 6 months of the end of the exhibition. 
Transport Fees
All transportation will be handled by air through Nippon Express Co., Ltd., C.O.D. (includes all expenses incurred for packing materials, insurance, customs fees, handling charges, and transport fees) 

-Example of Charges Payable 
Summary of charges for an article 20 kg in weight and 120,000 cm3 in volume. 

(Domestic) 

Tokai area 

Kansai and Hokuriku areas 

Kanto area 

Chugoku and Shikoku areas 

Tohoku and Kyusyu areas 

Hokkaido area 



(Overseas) 

Tajimi - New York 

Tajimi London 

Tajimi Singapore 

Tajimi Sydney 



Fees incurred in Japan 

Airfreight 

Fees incurred at the destination 

Total (in yen) 



*Contestants who have requested their entries be returned will be sent an invoice for shipping from Japan with payment on delivery. After checking the charges, sign the return request form enclosed with the invoice and return it to the sponsor to make a formal application. If contestants are from countries where the COD system is not used, the sponsor will send a bill for all transportation expenses. After confirmation of the payment has been made, the entries will be returned.

*Airfreight charges quoted here are those authorized as of June 1, 2001. 

Please note that the charges for sending an article overseas from Japan are about three times higher than those for sending an article to Japan. These charges may be subject to change. 

* The maximum insurable amount for each item is 300,000 yen. Anything exceeding this amount cannot be delivered. 

INQUIRIES
Any questions concerning the competition including application procedures should be made to the Executive Committee Office, by letter, facsimile, or by other means. 

International Ceramics Festival '02 Mino, Japan Executive Committee Office 

5-68-1 Ueno-cho, Tajimi City, Gifu Pref $B!% (B 507-8708, Japan 

Tel:+81-572-25-4111 
Fax: +81-572-25-4138 

e-mail:icfmino@synnet.or.jp 
http://www.synnet.or.jp/festival.mino/

DELIVERY AND PICK UP IN PERSON
Ceramics Park MINO 
4-2-5, Higashi-machi, Tajimi City 

(map) 

To Kani 
Tajimi Interchange 
Chuo Freeway 
To Toki Interchange 
To Kasugai 
JR Chuo Line 
To Mizunami 
JR Tajimi Station 
Route 19 
Higashi-machi 
JR Toki Station 
Japan Ultra-high Temperature Materials Research Center 
National Institute for Fusion Science 
Tajimi City Office 
To Seto 




SPONSORS 
Gifu Prefecture, Tajimi City, Mizunami City, Toki City, Kasahara Town, Tajimi Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Mizunami Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Toki Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Kasahara Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Others. 

SUPPORTING ORGANIZATIONS 
The Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, The Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastrructure and Transport, The Japanese Agency for Cultural Affairs, The Japanese Small and Medium Enterprise Agency, The Japanese Patent Office, International Council of Societies of Industrial Design, The Japan External Trade Organization, The Memorial Foundation of Nagoya Import Exposition, Japan Small and Midium Enterprize Agency. The Japanese Patent Office, Inernational Council of Societies of Industrial Design, The Japan External Trade Organization, The Memorial Foundation of Nagoya Import Exposition, Japan Small and Midium Enterprise Corporation. Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Nagoya Chamber of Commerce and industry, Central Japan Railway Company, Asahi Shimbun, Publishing Co., The Mainichi Shimbun, The Chunichi Shimbun, The Yomiuri Shimbun, The Gifu Shimbun, The Mid-Japan Economist Shimbun, The Nihon Keizai Shimbun, The Sankei Shimbun, The Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun, The Nihon Kogyo Shimbun, The Jiji Press, Ltd., Kyodo News Service, Japan Broadcasting Corporation, Chubu-Nippon Broadcasting Co., Ltd., Tokai Television Broadcasting Co., Ltd., Nagoya Television Broadcasting Co., Ltd., Chukyo TV Broadcasting Co., Ltd., Gifu Broadcasting Co., Ltd., Aichi Television Broadcasting Co., Ltd. 

COOPERATING COMPANIES
Nippon Express Co., Ltd. 
Tokai Seino Transportation Co., Ltd. 
Japan Air Line Co., Ltd. 
Nagoya Railroad Co., Ltd. 
Tohno Railroad Co., Ltd.
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