Core Clay Artist in Residence program:


Core Clay is a privately owned clay studio with 60+ artists sharing space. The Clay supply business offers a line of tools, clay and glaze materials available at most clay supplies, as well as our own in-house designed glazes and tools exclusive to Core Clay. This area involves formulating and mixing glazes for sale, creating plaster forms, answering phones, helping customers, and keeping inventory levels accurate.


The public studio houses 60 artists who share ideas and interact with each other artistically. This area involves general studio maintenance, kiln loading, clay pugging, teaching beginners, and glaze mixing. 


Workshops are an important opportunity to learn from outside artists and they require extensive preparation. Artists in Residence working in this area will learn the details of putting together a multi-day event, from searching for presenters and arranging to feed and house a large group of people, to following up afterwards. This job involves developing publicity and computer skills.



The Goal of the Artist in Residence Program:


We provide an opportunity in an artists community for clay artists at the beginning of their careers to get a start as full time professional artists. Our dream is to create a community of artists that fosters creativity and practicality in the arts, and grows a long term group of contacts for artists long after their program has ended. We offer a working relationship with professional artists--wheel throwers, handbuilders, and slip casters.


Required Activities

  • Participate (and possibly moderate) our monthly studio critique

  • Minimum 5 hours per week working in the studio on your personal body of work

  • Organize at least one gallery exhibition of your work

  • Teach at least one class or workshop of your choice

  • 10 hours per week working in the shop (plus additional for housing)



  • Studio Clay outings

  • Clay supplies at cost during residency

  • Free firing during residency (within reason)

  • Free attendance at visiting artist workshops in exchange for labor at workshop

  • Free workspace during residency

  • Opportunities to participate in sales at Core Clay

  • Free housing in exchange for labor (quantity of labor depends on housing situation)

  • Opportunities for employment at local clay businesses


So, how do you apply?


Spring Deadline:

  • Application packet must be postmarked by January 1st 

  • Notification of acceptance will be given in February

  • Residency starts March 1st, and ends February 15th


Fall Deadline:

  • Application packet must be postmarked by June 1st 

  • Notification of acceptance will be given in July

  • Residency starts September 1st, and ends August 1st



  • A portfolio of 20 shots of work (printed, on disc, or slide; we're not picky)

  • An updated copy of your artist resume

  • A physical letter of recommendation from 3 ceramic artists or instructors (These can either be mailed separately or included in the application packet)

  • A brief statement of goals and objectives to work toward during residency. What do you expect from your experience?

  • Fill out this application

  • Put all these (minus the online application) into an envelope and send it to:


Core Clay

Attn: Nikki Marie

2533 Gilbert Ave

Cincinnati, OH 45206

Still have Questions?

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or call us at (513) 961-2728

New Hours of Operation:

10:00am-9:00pm Monday-Thursday

10:00am-5:00pm Friday

Closed weekends 

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3846 Montgomery Rd

Cincinnati, OH 45212

(513) 351-0036

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