Residency Program

Our residency program is designed to allow emerging and established artists the space to develop work in a supportive and creative environment, foster innovative teaching concepts, provide support for new and exciting workshop ideas, and give residents the ability to “test drive” different clay career possibilities.  The residency program at Queen City Clay is unique in that it emphasizes the development of the individual as part of a larger community through:

  • teaching skills
  • artistic growth
  • professional development though our Gallery Shop
  • exercising the left brain through the business and retail side
  • constructing new tools and techniques

You get a little bit of everything in the clay world at Queen City Clay.  With a fun and lively staff, you decide the direction that you need to take, and we are right behind you to support and mentor you in either one specific area or all across the board.  Qualified Resident Artists are accepted at both 1 year residencies and short term residencies (min. of 1 month, max. of 3 months)

The Space

Our facility is a 25,000 square foot teaching studio, supply house, exhibition gallery, sales gallery, and workshop space.  We are equipped with 50 Brent wheels, 86 hand-building stations, 3 extruders, 3 slab rollers, 7 Skutt 1227 electric kilns, 1 Olsen updraft reduction kiln, 1 Olsen downdraft reduction kiln, 2 outdoor raku kilns, 1 Soldner mixer, 1 pugmill, 22 house cone 10 glazes, and 10 house cone 6 glazes. A wood fired pizza oven. Space for pit firing and kiln building is also available.

Resident Artist Benefits

  • 24/7 access to studio and facility
  • individual studio space equipped with wood shelving, a table, plaster wedging board, and a wheel if needed
  • $50 of free firing and clay each month
  • exhibition/sale space in the Gallery Shop
  • teaching opportunities
  • immersion in a large creative community
  • opportunity to attend all Queen City Clay workshops and functions at no charge
  • a 15% discount on material and equipment purchases
  • Nearby attractions including local artists’ studios, Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati Contemporary Art Center, Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, Taft Museum of Art, Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal, several major Universities with ceramics programs, and a large selection of local galleries and historic sites.
  • Traveling and lodging is not included.


  • You must be a ceramic artist, working either functionally or sculpturally.  The work may utilize other materials, but must be primarily ceramic.
  • knowledgeable of the routine workings of a clay studio, ie. loading and firing kilns, clay and glaze mixing, and regular studio upkeep.
  • able to work independently while taking advantage of the interactive ceramics community and available opportunities at Queen City Clay.
  • energetic, responsible, and willing to work efficiently during the scheduled weekly work hours in the studio outside of your personal work time.
  • must not be enrolled either full-time or part-time in school.
  • must be at a level of accomplishment, commitment, and growth in one’s artistic endeavors.
  • committed to fulfill the entire timeline of your residency obligation.  The 1 year residencies have a 30 day trial period and review.  After 6 months an evaluation meeting will be completed to continue with the remainder of the residency.


  • continuous pursuit of creative work (min 20hrs/wk).
  • On average, 8 hrs/wk of studio teaching/technical support. ie. studio upkeep, kiln loading and firing, maintenance of kilns and kiln shelves, record keeping, mixing glazes, gallery installation, mixing clay, workshop assistant, teaching assistant, and so forth.
  • active participation in the studio community
  • Extra personal materials or exclusive firing costs are available at a 15% discount for residents.  Please contact the Studio Manager for further information.
  • Non-teaching residency fees are $230 per month.  *Qualified resident artists teaching on class weekly receive a waiver of residency fees.  Teaching beyond one class weekly will be compensated at going rate.
  • Donation of one piece of your body of work to the QCC collection.

 To Apply

All applications should include:

  • Artist in Residency Program application cover
  • current resume
  • artist statement
  • artist bio
  • A statement regarding what you wish to gain from this residency position; which area you would like to concentrate in- studio, education, gallery, or retail- and why; what you will bring to this resident position, what your short term plans as an artist are.
  • Two letters of recommendation including the recommender’s name, phone number, email address, company or school, title or position, how long he/she has known the applicant, and relationship to the applicant.
  • A disc with 10 - 20 digital images with a corresponding image list.  Discs will not be returned.  Digital images should be in JPEG format, 72dpi, with each file labeled with last name, first initial, and numbers indicating your preferred viewing order (ex: doej1.jpg).
  • A check made payable to Queen City Clay for the application fee of $25

*Please have your name on the top of every document submitted.

Send all application materials and $25 application fee to:

Queen City Clay
Attn: Ben Clark
3130 Wasson Road
Cincinnati, OH 45209

Contact Ben Clark with any questions.