Residency

Residency Programs

Springfield Pottery offers an Artist in Residence, Summer Intern, and a Visiting Artist in Residence program. This opportunity allows individuals to further their pursuits and development within the realm of the ceramic arts at a supportive studio while at the same time adding a wonderful addition of energy and perspective to the studio community.

• Artist in Residence Program
• Summer Intern Program
• Visiting Artist in Residence Program

Artist in Residence Program

Our Artist in Residence Program offers individuals an opportunity to create and explore new work in a fully furnished clay studio while developing professionally and personally in a community of individuals with a passion for clay and learning.

What our Residency Offers

Residents of Springfield Pottery receive 24 hour access to the fully equipped, 3,400 square foot facility, participation in any workshop and class (space permitting), use of wheels, slab roller and extruder, firing privileges, use of clay, studio glazes, slips, and raw materials (within reason), and ample shelving. Possible opportunities exist to gain teaching experience and exhibit and sell work in our gallery. In addition, this program gives an individual a chance to have an ongoing dialogue about their work in a supportive mentoring environment and gain first hand knowledge of the day to day operation of a community clay center and fine craft gallery.

Responsibilities of Residents

In exchange, residents are expected to work a minimum of twelve regularly scheduled hours each week for the studio. Duties include monitoring open studio hours and taking care of customers in the gallery, loading and unloading kilns, firing, mixing glazes, and performing other regular cleaning and maintenance duties required in the daily operations of the facility. Helping with periodic special events is expected. In addition, residents are expected to work to develop a strong and cohesive body of work.

This residency is a 2 year commitment. Longer residencies are possible with annual evaluations given on continuance. The first six months are considered a trial period with an evaluation meeting after that period is complete.

Eligibility

The Artist in Residence Program is available to all artists of varying degrees of experience and career levels with a working knowledge of the ceramic medium. Artists planning to pursue a MFA or studio career in ceramics are encouraged to apply. Applicants must be 18 years of age or older. In addition, applicants must be self motivated, reliable, and people-oriented. Please note: It can be unfortunate when a resident finds themselves overwhelmed with trying to find balance between their responsibilities as a resident, making time to create and explore their own work, and working a job to pay their bills. This balancing act is one that requires self discipline, commitment and dedication – and is not impossible. Before applying for any residency, make sure that it is the right commitment for you. We encourage all interested applicants to visit the studio before applying.

Application Date

Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. Positions are filled as vacancies become available. Springfield Pottery staffs 4 artists in residence at one time.

How to Apply

The directors of Springfield Pottery select all new residents. Applicants are either invited outright by the directors, or are chosen from those applying. The selection process is based upon a compilation of the info provided by your application and an in person interview if possible. If you would like to apply for a position as an artist in residence at Springfield Pottery, please download the current application and send it along with 10 slides of your current work, resume, artist statement, 2 letters of reference, and a letter of interest (telling us why you are applying and anything else you want us to know about you), and a self addressed stamped envelope for the return of your slides.

Send all materials to:
Springfield Pottery
Attn: Artist in Residence Program
416 South Campbell Avenue
Springfield, Missouri 65806

Download the Artist in Residence Program Application

For more information regarding this program, or to make an appointment to visit the studio and discuss our program in person, please call Springfield Pottery at: 417-864-4677 or email us at:info@springfieldpottery.com
Thank you for your interest in our program

Summer Intern Program

Our summer intern program offers individuals a short term, hands on experience working in a busy community clay center and fine craft gallery while also exploring their own directions in clay.

What Our Internship Offers

Interns of Springfield Pottery receive access to the fully equipped, 3,400 square foot facility, use of wheels, slab roller and extruder, firing privileges, use of clay, studio glazes and slips. In addition, this program gives an individual a chance to have an ongoing dialogue about their work in a supportive mentoring environment and gain first hand knowledge of the day to day operation of a community clay center and fine craft gallery.

Responsibilities of Interns

In exchange, interns are expected to work a minimum of eight regularly scheduled hours each week for the studio. Duties include monitoring open studio hours and taking care of customers in the gallery, loading and unloading kilns, firing, mixing glazes, and performing other regular cleaning and maintenance duties required in the daily operations of the facility. Helping with periodic special events may be requested.


Eligibility

The Summer Intern Program is open to all individuals over 16. This is a great opportunity for all individuals, including high school juniors and seniors considering a career in the fine arts, arts education, or even arts administration field. Applicants must be self motivated, reliable, people-oriented, and possess a strong desire to build upon their basic knowledge of the ceramic medium.

Dates of Internship

Summer Internships are three months long and begin on June 1 and end on September 1.

Application Deadline

Applications are due by April 15 for the upcoming summer. Applications submitted after that date will be reviewed pending availability.

How to Apply

The directors of Springfield Pottery select all new interns. Applicants are either invited outright by the directors, or are chosen from those applying. The selection process is based upon a compilation of the info provided by your application and an in person interview if possible. If you would like to apply for a position as a summer intern at Springfield Pottery, please download the current application and send it along with 2 letters of reference, and a letter of interest (telling us why you are applying, areas of experience with the ceramic medium, areas of interest, future aspirations, and anything else you want us to know about you) to:
Springfield Pottery
Attn: Summer Intern Program
416 South Campbell Avenue
Springfield, Missouri 65806

Download the Summer Intern Program Application

For more information regarding this program, or to make an appointment to visit the studio and discuss our program in person, please call Springfield Pottery at 417-864-4677 or email us atinfo@springfieldpottery.com
Thank you for your interest in our program

Visiting Artist in Residence Program

Our Visiting Artist in Residence Program provides artists access to a fully equipped studio away from home in which that artist can experience a potential for growth, exploration and self-inquiry while bringing a new perspective and energy to our great program and community based facility.

Program Description

A visiting artist in residence is offered twenty-four hour access to the fully equipped, 3,400 square foot facility, use of electric kilns, a glaze mixing area, and use of equipment including slab roller, wheels, and extruder. Springfield Pottery will provide the gallery space, mailing, press releases, and will host an opening reception of exhibited work. A 50% commission of all sold work during the exhibition dates will be retained by Springfield Pottery. The visiting artist is responsible for all material needs and costs. Firing fees are based on individual usage. Works created during the residency become the property of the artist. Transportation to and from the residency as well as housing become the responsibility of the artist.

Length of Residency

Selected visiting artists complete a residency that varies in length from three to six weeks, but both shorter and longer residencies can occur in order to accommodate the artist’s schedule or to allow for a more involved project.


Eligibility

This visiting artist in residence program is open to all individuals who have worked for a minimum of one year beyond earning their BFA. This program is suited for artists of varying degrees of experience and career levels such as newly emerging artists and those choosing clay as the vehicle to adjunct their principle medium of expression. Individuals are expected to have a working knowledge of the ceramic medium and the ability to work independently. Technical assistance is available on a limited basis.


Application Deadline

All applications are reviewed annually. The deadline to apply for this program is January 30. The visiting artist in residence program is currently only offered during the summer dates of July 30 – Sept. 15. Therefore, due to space and scheduling, Springfield Pottery only accepts a few applications per year.


How to Apply

The directors of Springfield Pottery select all new visiting artists in resident. Applicants are either invited outright by the directors, or are chosen from those applying. The selection process is based upon a compilation of the info provided by your application and an in person interview if possible. If you would like to apply for a position as a visiting artist in residence at Springfield Pottery, please download the current application and send it along with 10 slides of your current work, resume, artist statement, 2 letters of reference, and a letter of interest (telling us why you are applying, what you plan on accomplishing during your residency, and anything else you want us to know about you), and a self addressed stamped envelope for the return of your slides. Send all materials to:
Springfield Pottery
Attn: Visiting Artist in Residence Program
416 South Campbell Avenue
Springfield, Missouri 65806

Download the Visiting Artist in Residence Program Application

For more information regarding this program, or to make an appointment to visit the studio and discuss our program in person, please call Springfield Pottery at 417-864-4677 or email us atinfo@springfieldpottery.com

Thank you for your interest in our program