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The Clay Studio

Guest Artist in Residence

The Clay Studio Guest Artist In Residence Program is fully booked for the next 18 months, and is therefore not accepting new applications at this time. We will post notification when we begin accepting applications again.

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.

View a list of current, upcoming and past Guest Artists-in-Residence.

The Guest Artist-in-Residence Program provides:

Residencies vary from 4 to 8 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 present an evening slide lecture for The Clay Studio community, and accompany the Claymobile outreach program and/or offer demonstrations in the Studio's classes. 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.

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 Process

The Clay Studio will notify artists if they have been accepted in August and January for the following period.

A complete application must include the following:


Please mail (or email) all application materials to Jennifer Zwilling, Guest Artist Application, 137 N 2nd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106, USA jzwilling@theclaystudio.org

Please put “Guest Artist in Residence Application” on the subject line of your 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 thorough 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.

Please call Jennifer Zwilling at 215-925-3453 x18 or email jzwilling@theclaystudio.org