About the Program

The Guest Artist in Residence program is open to any artist whose primary medium is clay.

Since 1992 the Clay Studio's Guest Artist in Residence program has hosted artists from over thirty five countries including Anguilla, Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, The Czech Republic, Egypt, England, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Korea, Latvia, Lithuania, Mexico, Peru, Puerto Rico, Romania, Russia, Sweden, South Korea, South Africa, Spain, Taiwan, Wales, and the United States.

The Guest Artist in Residence Program provides:

  • A studio housed within The Clay Studio at no charge
  • Studio Support and Materials stipend of $250

Residencies vary from four to eight weeks, but both shorter and longer residencies have occurred to accommodate an artist's schedule or to allow for a larger project. Some technical assistance is provided, but this program is designed for artists to work independently.

Artist Requirements

Each artist is requested to participate in our Clay & Conversations series and be willing to talk with in house artists and students. These obligations usually amount to no more than four hours each week. When appropriate, workshops are offered by the artists for an additional honorarium. Artists may be requested to present slide lectures to nearby university ceramics programs (honoraria are arranged by the universities), it is up to the artist to arrange these events, with the support of the Curator. The artist is responsible for his/her own travel to and from The Clay Studio.

Interaction with The Clay Studio Community

The program has very little structure by design. Artists are provided with keys and may choose to work when they find it most advantageous. Artists are expected to be open to the questions of Clay Studio students and artists. While at The Clay Studio guest artists enjoy ample contact with people working at all levels in ceramics. An Artist Talk to our community is a requirement of the program. When appropriate, a workshop (paid) may be scheduled.

Works Created During the Residency

Works created during the residency are the property of the artist. All work created over the course of the residency may be shipped to the artist at their own expense. Work left for sale with the gallery or shop shall become the property of The Clay Studio or will be returned to the artist at their expense after one year. The Clay Studio retains 50% of any works it sells for guest artists. Shipping arrangements must be made prior to the end of the residency.

Application Deadline

Applications are reviewed and accepted on a rolling basis.

How to Apply

A complete application must include the following:

  • Personal contact information
  • Resume
  • Website (if available)
  • Artist statement
  • Project summary: What do you plan to do while you’re here? How will your project benefit from your presence at The Clay Studio in Philadelphia?
  • Ten digital images
  • A corresponding image list that includes the following: image number, title, medium, size, and date
  • Three references with contact information

Please email all application materials to Jennifer Zwilling at jzwilling@theclaystudio.org

Subject line: Guest Artist Application

Selection Process

Artists are chosen by the Curator of Artistic Programs. The Clay Studio reserves the right to invite artists that did not apply through this formal application process. The program is intended to include artists from a variety of stages of career development, as well as including artists from as many geographic locations as possible.


Notification will be made via email.

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