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ABOUT BALTIMORE CLAYWORKS Baltimore Clayworks’ mission is to develop, sustain, and promote an artist-centered community that provides outstanding programs in the ceramic arts. Founded in 1980 by nine ceramic artists, Baltimore Clayworks is a mid-sized 501c(3) non-profit. We are attentive to our city, and possess a national and international reputation for artistic excellence and community involvement. 

OUR RESIDENCY PROGRAM Ceramic artists are at the heart of Baltimore Clayworks. Artists’ professional and personal networks provide a kaleidoscope of interactions with peers, galleries, and academic institutions, which keep the organization at the forefront of contemporary ceramic art. Our residencies offer early to mid-career artists the opportunity to develop their work in a dynamic community environment. Residencies last one to four years and start in September. Selection of residents is highly competitive. We look for excellence of work, potential for growth, and a commitment to building a clay-oriented community. 

WOOD KILN FELLOWSHIP The Wood Kiln Fellowship is for an exceptional wood-fire artist, and ranges from one to two years. The Fellow will have personal access to our Noborigama two-chambered wood kiln, and invitations to join community firings and assist the Wood Kiln Technician. The fellow will receive the same benefits as resident artists, plus a monthly stipend of $200. Please indicate in both your letter of intent and application if you wish to apply for our Wood Kiln Fellowship.


  • Fully funded semi-private 10′ x 12′ studio space through August 2019, with 24/7 key access to the studio building and facilities. Facilities include: twelve studio spaces for artists, three classrooms, multiple electric and gas kilns, a soda kiln, a Noborigama two-chambered wood kiln, a fully outfitted glaze lab, and a variety of other technical equipment. 
  • A solo exhibition in our galleries during the residency term. 
  • An invitation to sell work in The Shop, Baltimore Clayworks’ retail space. 
  • Paid opportunities to teach classes on-site.


  • A one-year commitment, renewable up to four years, starting in September.
  • Four hours per week assisting with exhibitions, development, education, facilities, and community arts.


  • Residencies are for early to mid-career artists who have completed undergraduate and/or graduate degrees, or have equivalent years of experience. 


Applications must be submitted by April 15, 2018, and include the following:

  • A statement of intent addressing the following: Why you are applying to Baltimore Clayworks? What would be your goals during your residency? How would a residency at Baltimore Clayworks help you advance your career as a clay artist? What do you feel you have to contribute to the Baltimore Clayworks community?
  • Resume/CV 
  • Artist’s Statement
  • Ten images of work completed during the last three years (only two of which can be detail shots). Images must be 6″ at the largest side, 300dpi max, and labeled in the following format: SMITH_JOHN_1.jpeg.
  • Corresponding image list that includes: image number, title, medium, size, and date.
  • Contact information for three professional references – including name, phone number, email, and a note about your relationship. 

Questions? Please email our Residency Coordinator Kevin Rohde at Kevin.Rohde@baltimoreclay.onmicrosoft.com.


All applications are reviewed by our Residency Committee. The selection process is based upon the strength of your application and the excellence of your work. Baltimore Clayworks’ policy is to provide equal opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual preference, age, or disability. All applicants will be notified by May 1, 2018. The residency will begin on September 1, 2018.