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
• Free enrollment in all special workshops and seminars, space permitting
• Access to ceramics professionals in the area for consultation and feedback
• Clay, glazes and personal glaze chemicals at a reduced cost
• Opportunity to teach a variety of classes at the Center
*Housing, food and travel are not provided to the Resident Artist.
As a Resident Artist, you have the opportunity to participate in these events:
Annual Dinner at Zins Restaurant
Resident Artists make dinnerware for a 4-course meal for 70 guests. Pots are then auctioned or sold individually. A great opportunity to both see your work in action and to sell a lot of pots.
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 ajoining 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 currate 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 andresidents the opportunity to sell their work.
A second-year donors program modeled on an agricultural CSA. The ClayShares program sells 20 shares per year, during which 8 high-end pieces made by the Resident Artists will be purchased and delivered to the shareholders.
Iowa Clay Conference
This biannual event, returning in September, 2013, 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.
Each Resident Artist will work a minimum of 12 hours/week in the Center at regularly scheduled times. Duties will include:
• Opening and closing the facility
• Assisting with loading, firing and unloading of kilns
• Mixing clays and glazes
• General studio upkeep
• Teach classes and workshops
Resident artists are expected to be self-motivated and to be at a point in their development where they are capable of working independently, yet cooperatively, in a professional studio environment.
To learn more about the Residency Program, please call 319.365.9644, or email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Resident Artists will be selected following submission of:
• The Application Form ( click here to download a pdf version of the form)
• 10 – 20 digital images of recent work ( labeled with title, medium, size, and date)
• A Statement of Artistic and Personal Goals
• 1-2 letters of recommendation
Deadline for Application:
OPEN until filled