Artist Residency 

The  purpose of the program is to provide emerging ceramic artists with the space, facilities, time, and professional interaction that will further develop their ideas, skills, abilities, and focus as ceramic artists.

Application Dates

August 2021 to August 2022: Application deadline May 1, 2021

May 2022 to May 2023: Application deadline April 3rd, 2022   

Resident Artist Duties

  • 12 hours minimum work each week during regularly scheduled times 
  • Teaching classes and workshops
  • Loading, firing, and unloading kilns
  • Mixing clays and glazes
  • General studio upkeep
  • Opening and closing the center


Resident artists should have a BA, BFA or MFA degree in ceramics, and are expected to be self-motivated and capable of working independently yet cooperatively in a professional studio setting.  

The Iowa Ceramics Center and Glass Studio can accommodate up to fiveResident Artists in Ceramics or Glass. Residencies are typically for a 12 month period of time. Longer or shorter terms can be negotiated as necessary and appropriate.

Resident Artist Will Receive

  • A personal work space
  • 24/7 access to the facilities
  • Firing and Materials Stipend
  • Each Residency culminates in an exhibit in the Chadima Gallery
  • Free enrollment in all Center workshops and seminars
  • Access to ceramics professionals in the area for consultation and feedback
  • Clay, glazes and personal glaze chemicals at a reduced cost
  • Experience teaching a variety of classes at the Center


Some of our guest artists include:


  • Mel Andringa 

  • Susannah Biondo-Gemmell
  • Margaret Bohls
  • Linda Christianson
  • Bede Clarke
  • David Crane
  • Israel Davis
  • Chotsani Dean
  • Thaddeus Erdahl
  • Stuart Gair
  • Andy Gemmell
  • Gerit Grimm
  • Al Holen
  • Clary Illian 
  • Matt Kelleher
  • Gail Kendall
  • Simon Levin
  • Jeff Oestreich
  • Tim Pfiffner
  • Donovan Palmquist
  • Pete Pinnell
  • Joseph Pintz
  • Coleen Riley
  • Jennifer Rogers
  • Brad Schwieger
  • Amy Smith
  • Steve Maxson 
  • Nicholas Meyer 
  • Tashiaki Mori
  • Janis Mars Wunderlich
  • Shumpei Yamaki

Sell Work in the Chadima Gallery

We have an adjoining 800 sq. ft. gallery which houses exhibitions throughout the year, primarily featuring ceramic and glass artists. Each Resident Artist will have a gallery exhibition toward the end of their residency, and may also have the opportunity to curate other shows. We also market and sell work through various events held at the Iowa Ceramics Center and Glass Studio.

The Iowa Ceramics Center and Glass Studio participates in and hosts 3-4 festivals and sales per year, providing students and residents the opportunity to sell their work.


“I really loved it there. It was such a friendly, warm group—kinda felt like a family”

- Anne Wendland