Artist Residency Program

In 1998 Mudflat began offering a one-year residency position to clay artists. This highly competitive program provides a private studio space at no cost with access to Mudflat’s facility, and opportunities for the resident to teach and sell their work.

Applications for the 2018-19 residency are due April 16, 2018. See below for information sheet and application form.


Mudflat’s Artist-in-Residence for 2016-17 is Martin McDermott

Martin McDermott recently received his MFA in Ceramics from Rhode Island School of Design. He also has an MA in Teaching from Colorado College and a BA in Visual Art and Art History from Emory University. Martin taught high school art for 6 years, designing and teaching courses in ceramics, sculpture, photography and introductory art. His work was exhibited in The State of Clay, 2016 and in the RISD Graduate Ceramics Biennial.

“My artistic practice is rooted in the creation of abstract sculptural forms inspired by objects found in nature. I investigate the borders where contrasting formal languages converge: geometric and sensual, raw and refined, emotional and analytical. I look to canyons, caves, and cliffs in the rocky landscape of the American West, where I grew up, as source material for much of my work. My current interests include the history of land use, development, and preservation.”

I choose to work with clay because of its deep literal and metaphorical connection to land. The dynamic processes of shaping, building, drying, and firing mimic geological mechanisms, while the accumulation and subtraction of material encourages the emergence of unexpected sculptural forms. The natural, intuitive gestures of the hand in soft clay meet the geometric, analytical cuts in the surface. Additional layers of meaning are added through the use of slips and glazes.

My objective is to create dynamic forms that facilitate dialogue between the viewer and the object. I am interested in defining and containing a certain experience of landscape in which the marks, forms, and textures of the clay speak of the maker and of the creation process. Ultimately, I am exploring and illustrating the edges of interaction between humans and their environments.”

You can see examples of Martin’s work at



Residency dates:

September 1 - August 31, annually

Residency includes:

  • Private 90 sq. foot studio space
  • 24 hour access
  • A monthly stipend of $50, to be applied to clay materials and firing costs
  • Opportunities to teach in our educational programs and for retail sales at our Open Studio events and at Mudflat Gallery
  • Solo exhibition and reception at Mudflat in August to showcase work created during the residency year

Residency requirements:

  • Artists are expected to spend a minimum of 20 hours per week in their studio
  • Artists are required to work 5 hours per week for Mudflat, assisting with technical jobs
  • 2 public presentations during the residency. The first, in September, is a slide show of the artist's work.
  • Applicants should have knowledge of a variety of clay techniques and some kiln firing experience, the ability to work independently, and enthusiasm and willingness to be part of an urban clay community.


Information and applications for the 2018-19 residency will be available February 2018; please contact us with any questions.
Applications are due April 16, 2018.


Mudflat Artists in Residence

2017-2018 Katie Fee
2016-2017 Martin McDermott
2015-2016 Mike Roche
2014-2015 Rachel Eng
2013-2014 Kyla Toomey
2012-2013 Dan Molyneux
2011-2012 Holly Curcio
2010-2011 Lisa Graf
2009-2010 Debra Fleury
2008-2009 Deborah Schwartzkopf
2007-2008 Cathy Lu
2006-2007 Nicole Peters
2005-2006 Ryan Takaba
2004-2005 Angela Cunningham
2003-2004 Monica Ripley
2002-2003 Gabriel Penfield
2001-2002 Meghan Sullivan
2000-2001 Ruchika Madan
1999-2000 Karsten Kunert
1998-1999 Randy Fein