about our artists
Resident ArtistsThe Resident Artist Program is the original basis for The Clay Studio and remains its core program. This juried program attracts ceramic artists of the highest caliber to immerse themselves in their creative growth and professional development. The Studio's reputation as a world class art center and the Resident Artist Program's unique features have made the program extremely competitive, attracting a diverse range of talented artists. Current Residents include functional potters, vessel makers, sculptors, conceptual artists and installation artists. View a list of past resident artists. The Resident Artist Program hosts 12 artists, including the Evelyn Shapiro Foundation Fellow. Each year one exceptional artist is awarded this honor, one of the country's most sought-after opportunities for emerging artists. The Fellowship provides for one year of free studio rental, a monthly subsistence stipend, materials, and a concluding solo exhibition. The influx of fellowship winners has served to strengthen the artistic quality and helped to diversify the Resident Artist Program. The focus of the work of the Fellowship recipient alternates annually between functional / vessel-oriented work and sculpture / installation-oriented work.
Guest Artist In ResidenceThe Guest Artist-in-Residence Program hosts artists from around the world for short-term residencies, offering exceptional opportunities for cultural exchange. To date the program has hosted artists from over 35 countries and the US. The program is integrated with the Studio's educational programs, with the guest artists providing slide lectures and demonstrations in the School and through the Claymobile. View a list of current, upcoming and past Guest Artists-in-Residence.
The vibrant artistic environment of The Clay Studio provides Work Exchange Program members with a chance to experience first-hand the life of a working artist, an arts administrator and an arts educator within a non-profit arts community.
The Work Exchange Program is a self-directed, independent study educational program that provides its participants with unlimited access to a shared studio, as well as, affordable materials, firings, critiques and development opportunities to help them achieve their objectives as an artist. In exchange each individual provides 40 hours a month of support and is responsible for various tasks needed to maintain a functioning ceramics studio. Tasks are varied but some examples include studio maintenance, customer service, assisting special events, glaze preparation, kiln operation, teaching, community outreach, gallery experience and sales.
Applicants to The Clay Studio's Work Exchange Program should be ceramic graduates or artists interested in furthering their ceramic education and portfolio development. This is an incredible opportunity for artists to join a supportive educational environment while building their resume and portfolio.