Artist Residency

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Year Long Residencies:

The  purpose of the program is to provide emerging ceramic artists with an environment - the space, facilities, time and professional interaction - that will foster and further develop their ideas, skills, abilities and focus as ceramic artists.

The Iowa Ceramics Center and Glass Studio can accommodate up to seven Resident Artists in Ceramics or Glass. Residencies are typically for a 12 month period of time. Longer or shorter terms can be negotiated as necessary and appropriate.

August 26, 2021 to August 2022:

Application deadline May 1st, 2021

May 2020 to May 2021:

Application deadline March 15, 2020   

Each Resident Artist Will Receive

  • A personal work space

  • 24/7 access to the facilities

  • Each Residency culminates in an exhibit in the Center's Chadima Gallery

  • Free enrollment in all Center workshops and seminars

  • Access to ceramics professionals in the area for consultation and feedback

  • Clay, glazes and personal glaze chemicals at a reduced cost

  • Experience teaching a variety of classes at the Center

  • Firing stipend

*We're happy to help you find housing, but we do not pay for housing, food or travel.

Resident Artist Duties

Each of our Resident Artists works at least 12 hours per week in the Center at regularly scheduled times.  Duties include:

•    Teaching classes and workshops
•    Assisting with loading, firing and unloading kilns
•    Mixing clays and glazes
•    General studio upkeep
•    Opening and closing the Center


Resident artists should have a B.A., B.F.A or M.F.A degree in ceramics, and are expected to be self-motivated and capable of working independently yet cooperatively in a professional studio setting.  

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Iowa Clay Conference

This  biannual event, returning in 2020, features demonstrations and lectures from artists such as Matt Kelleher, Jeff Oestreich, Peter Pinnell, Margaret Bohls, Bede Clarke, Israel Davis, and TJ Erdahl. Past speakers include Brad Schweiger, Jen Rogers, and Susannah Biondo. Gallery openings, slide lectures, mug exchange and more.

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We have hosted a wide variety of Visiting Artist lectures, workshops and slide shows: 

  • David Crane - workshop and show

  • Matt Kelleher and Janis Mars Wunderlich- workshops

  • Gail Kendall and Jeff Oestreich - workshops

  • Clary Illian - workshop and slides

  • Tim Pfiffner - raku kiln building and firing

  • Donovan Palmquist - soda kiln building and glazing workshop

  • Coleen Riley - soda glazing workshop

  • Mel Andringa - Venetian glass mosaic lecture and slide show

  • University of Iowa Grad Students

  • Nicholas Meyer - workshop

  • Steve Maxson - workshop and class

  • Additional Workshops hosted by: Al Holen, Shumpei Yamaki, Toshiaki Mori, Syo Fujita, Taiga Mori, Joseph Pintz, Israel Davis, Simon Levin, Gerit Grimm, Pete Pinnell, Amy Smith, Margaret Bohls, Thaddeus Erdahl, Jennifer Rogers, Susannah Biondo-Gemmell, Andy Gemmell, Brad Schwieger, Bede Clarke, Linda Christianson, Stuart Gair, Matt Kelleher, David Crane, Janis Mars Wunderlich, Chotsani Dean

The Gallery


We have an adjoining 800 sq. ft. gallery which houses exhibitions throughout the year, primarily featuring ceramic and glass artists. Each Resident Artist will have an gallery exhibition toward the end of their residency, and may also have the opportunity to curate other shows. We also market and sell work through various events held at the Iowa Ceramics Center and Glass Studio.


Festivals and Sales

The Iowa Ceramics Center and Glass Studio participates in and hosts 3-4 festivals and sales per year, providing students and residents the opportunity to sell their work.