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 2019-20 residency are available now - see below. Application due date is April 16, 2019.

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Mudflat’s Artist-in-Residence for 2018-19 is James Lee Webb

James Webb earned a BFA in Ceramics from Eastern Kentucky University and his MFA in Ceramics from Southern Illinois University. Most recently he was Artist in Residence at New Harmony Clay Project in Indiana. James describes his work: “I use a low-fire clay body (earthenware) for my work. I use mainly slab technique, with a subtractive process (making pieces solid and carving them out), additive clay process (building bits of clay up to achieve  some surface on top of the slab), and clay on clay decoration (adding clay slip to the slab with a syringe).”

“My brand of art-making seeds firstly from my innate creative strategy – lexical-gustatory synesthesia.  This type of synesthesia means that two of the nerves that connect to certain sections of the brain signaling taste sound brush against each other, causing an overlapping in senses of taste and hearing. This makes me produce cerebral relationships between the spoken word and food that are both potent and automatic. Although strides in research still must be accomplished to demystify the phenomenon of how synesthesia works, I use it as an explorative tool for making sculptural art.”



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
  • 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:

  • 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.
  • The artist serves as the juror for our Mudflat Challenge exhibition each semester.


Information and applications for the 2019-20 residency are available here now; please contact us with any questions.
Applications are due April 16, 2019.


Mudflat Artists in Residence

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