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.

You get a little bit of everything in the clay world at Queen City Clay:

  • teaching skills
  • artistic growth
  • professional development though our Gallery Shop
  • 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

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)

We have space for 3 long-term residents, and reserve one residency position for an artist whose practice deals specifically with social engagement.

The Space

Our facility is a 50,000 square foot teaching studio, supply house, exhibition gallery, sales gallery, and workshop space.  We are equipped with

  • 50 Brent wheels
  • multiple hand-building stations
  • 2 extruders
  • 3 slab rollers
  • 7 Skutt 1227 electric kilns
  • 1 24 cubic foot Blaauw kiln
  • 1 40 cubic foot Olsen downdraft reduction kiln
  • 1 20 cubic foot outdoor soda kiln
  • 1 36 cubic foot wood kiln
  • 2 outdoor raku kilns
  • 1 massive clay mixer, capable of mixing 300lbs
  • Soldner mixer
  • 3 pugmills
  • 22 house cone 10 glazes
  • 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
  • private studio space equipped with wood shelving, a table, plaster wedging board, and a wheel if needed
  • exhibition/sale space in the Gallery Shop
  • paid additional teaching opportunities, beyond the one required class per session
  • immersion in a large creative community
  • opportunity to attend all Queen City Clay workshops and functions at no charge
  • a 20% discount on material and equipment purchases
  • Clay at cost
  • $50 monthly material stipend
  • Access to a fully stocked glaze kitchen
  • 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.


  • 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
  • Requirement of teaching one class per session after 2 month training period at the onset of your residency.
  • Donation of one piece of your body of work to the QCC collection.
  • 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.

 To Apply

All applications should include:

  • 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.
  • Three references with contact information.
  •  An email with 10 - 20 digital images with a corresponding image list.   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).
  • Click here to fill out the Application and pay the $25 application fee.

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

Email all application materials and any questions to Jon Stein.