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, and opportunities for the resident to teach and sell their work.

Applications for the 2020-21 residency are available now - see below. Application due date is April 16, 2020.


Mudflat’s Artist-in-Residence for 2019-2020 is CLIVE SITHOLE

Clive was born in Soweto, South Africa. He earned a post-graduate diploma at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in 2007, and has since been honored with many national awards. He traveled around South Africa to study and work with local potters, including Zulu and Venda ceramic artists. He has led workshops internationally, traveling to Nigeria to study the Udu ceramic drum, and to the University for the Creative Arts in Farnham, England, to work with Magdalene Odundo. In 2018, Clive presented a workshop with Zulu potters Jabu Nala and Thembe Nala, demonstrating their traditional and contemporary coil building techniques and surface treatments.

Clive explores social issues of land, race, politics and culture in his work, utilizing traditional Zulu techniques, symbols, and firing techniques to enhance his work. He has exhibited his work internationally and is included in collections in museums in South Africa, Germany, Denmark, and the United States.

The article, “On Family and Reflection: Clive Sithole at MidCareer”, by Elizabeth Perrill, appeared in the March 2019 issue of Ceramics Monthly.



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
  • NEW! 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 committment: 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.
  • The artist serves as the juror for our Mudflat Challenge exhibition each semester.


Information and applications for the 2020-21 residency are available now; please contact us with any questions.
Applications are due April 16, 2020.


Mudflat Artists in Residence

2019-2020 Clive Sithole
2018-2019 James Lee Webb
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
1996-1997 David Orser