Year Long Residencies:

Resident Application deadline March 1, 2018  -  for residency beginning May 2018 - May 2019

Resident Application deadline May 1, 2018 -  for residency September 2018 - August 2019




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

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 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.  

As a Resident Artist, you have the opportunity to participate in:

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Iowa Clay Conference

This  biannual event, returning in September 2018, features demonstrations and lectures from artists such as 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.


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

  • 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

Ceramics Center 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 a solo show 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 Ceramics Center.


Festivals and Sales

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