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 in both the studio and in the greater tri-state area.  Our residents benefit from the connections we have made over many years with local universities other arts organizations, non-profits, and countless businesses.
At QCC, your time can feel like a “Choose Your Own Adventure” book.  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 across every facet (pottery humor) of the business.  Qualified Resident Artists are accepted at both 1 year residencies and short term residencies (min. of 1 month, max. of 3 months)
You get a little bit of everything in the clay world at Queen City Clay:

  • teaching skills
  • artistic growth
  • professional development through our gallery
  • learning the business of clay through our retail shop and relationship with industry leaders
  • constructing new tools and techniques
  • interaction with all ages and professions
  • wood shop training


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 QCC

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 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


continuous pursuit of creative work (min 20hrs/wk)

on average, 8hrs/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

requirement of teaching one class per session after the 2 month training period at the onset of your residency

donation of one piece of your body of work to the QCC collection

Year long 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.