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 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.
May 2018 to May 2019:
Application deadline March 1, 2018
September 2018 to August 2019:
Application deadline May 1, 2018
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
*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.
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.