Mudflat offers two residency opportunities!

  • Mudflat's year-long residency 
  • Mudflat's Artist of Color Summer Residency

See below for more information about these two opportunties to come work at Mudflat


Year-Long Artist Residency Program

In 1996 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, a monthly materials stipend, a monthly housing stipend, and opportunities to teach and sell work.

Applications for the 2023-24 residency are due April 16, 2023. See below for additional information and application form.



Residency dates:

September 1 - August 31, annually

Residency includes:

  • Private 90 square foot studio space
  • 24/7 access
  • A monthly stipend of $75, to be applied to clay materials and firing costs
  • A monthly stipend of up to $200 for housing assistance
  • Paid teaching opportunities in our educational programs
  • Opportunities for retail sales at our Open Studio events and at Mudflat Gallery
  • Solo exhibition and reception at Mudflat in July to showcase work created during the residency year

Residency requirements:

  • This is a one year commitment: September 1 through August 31
  • 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 community clay center.

Application Requirements:

Now accepting applications!
  • Apply for the year-long Mudflat Artist Residency by using our online form HERE
  • 2 Letters of recommendation can be emailed to or mailed to: Artist Residency Program, 81 Broadway, Somerville MA 02145
Applications are due by April 16, 2023.
For more information, email us!

Mudflat’s Artist-in-Residence for 2022-2023 is Nicole McLaughlin

Mudflat Artists in Residence:

2022-2023 Nicole McLaughlin
2021-2022 Katie Bosley Sabin
2020-2021 G.V. Kelley
2019-2020 Clive Sithole
2018-2019 James Lee Webb

See a complete list of Mudflat's residents since 1996!

Artists of Color Summer Residency Program

2023 is the inaugural year for the Mudflat Artists of Color Summer Residency! 

Applications for the 2023-24 residency are due February 25, 2023. See below for additional information and application form.



Residency Overview: We are excited to invite applicants, at any career stage, to apply for a short term ceramic residency program at Mudflat Pottery School in Somerville, MA. This residency program will be offered during a flexible period within the summer months, with the timeframe to be determined by the resident based on their schedule and residency goals. Applicants will propose how they intend to use this residency program; options include, but are not limited to: 

  • Developing teaching experience through running a workshop(s)

  • Developing a solo show during your time at Mudflat

  • Dedicating your time to creating a body of work

Mudflat will provide support to candidates to structure the residency to further their artistic career, facilitating mentorship relationships, as desired, within the area(s) of interest. It is our hope that the successful applicant will be in dialogue with the artistic community at Mudflat during this residency program. 

Timeframe: Residencies can be one, two or three months long during the months of June, July & August, to be determined by the applicant based on residency goals & schedule 

Residency Includes: 

  • A studio space at Mudflat Pottery School
  • $2,500 per month stipend towards housing, materials, & expenses
  • Opportunities to teach in our educational programs or workshops
  • Opportunities for retail sales of work


  • Self-identifying ceramic artists of color at any stage in their career.
  • Applicants should have the ability to work independently with clay. Firing and technical support will be provided by the Mudflat staff

Application requirements: 

  • Application form
  • Resume
  • Up to 10 images
  • Image description sheet
For more information, email us!

Applications are due on: February 25, 2023

Applicants will be notified: Mid-March, 2023 

Applications will be reviewed by a committee of Mudflat studio artists, board members, staff and/or faculty. 

Photo of Nicole McLaughlin's work