Clay Break ~~~

The non-ceramic-artist’s summer ceramic arts residency.


Clay Break is a ceramics residency tailored to artists whose primary training and focus lie outside of ceramics.

UARK Ceramics is a thriving community of ceramic artists, educators, and students with an interest in fostering a rich dialogue about clay’s role in contemporary art. Clay Break is an opportunity for us to open our doors and share our facilities and expertise with artists who are clay-curious. The program was conceived with an awareness that for those who want to familiarize or reacquaint themselves with the material, locating a supportive environment that also provides a significant time period for uninterrupted development can be a challenge. We want to help. Our commitment is to provide the time, space, facilities, and technical support to assist our residents in the creation of a significant body of new works in clay—we wish to give our residents a break from the established routines of their practice, and help them discover something new for themselves in clay.


Three artists will participate in this eight week residency running mid-May through through mid-July. A furnished studio will be provided, along with materials, kiln firings, and a modest stipend. UARK Ceramics faculty and graduate assistants will be available to help familiarize residents with basic processes and help guide them through technical problems as they arise.


We expect our residents to be generous and conscientious community members who demonstrate a high level of commitment to a healthy, productive, and engaged studio community, as well as to their own work. To this end, we ask that the residents be on-site in the ceramics studio for at least 40 hours a week, perform one public lecture over the course of their stay, conduct 1-2 studio visits per week, and engage in communal studio activities when possible (potlucks, exhibition openings, etc). We also request that one piece made during the residency be donated to the UARK Ceramics Teaching Collection.

Studio Space

Private and semi-private studios are available for residents. Located in the ceramics studio’s central corridor, the 225 square foot resident studios are at the heart of the ceramics facility and offer easy access to kilns, mixers, raw materials, and all other studio equipment. Access to studios is 24/7.

Honorarium and Materials

Each artist will receive a $3,500 stipend. Artists are responsible for arranging their travel, living accommodations, and any additional materials not normally stocked by the studio. Dry materials, studio glazes, and kiln firings are included in the residency.


Currently, each artist is responsible for finding their own accommodation during their 8-week stay. Sublet housing and airbnbs are in full swing during the summer, so affordable housing should not be difficult to find. The ceramics faculty can also help recommend and locate accommodations in the area.


Emerging, mid-career, and established artists who are looking for an opportunity to work in clay are welcomed to apply.

How to Apply

Please send a pdf including the following information: Name and contact info, link to website, CV, a brief project proposal, and three references to

DEADLINE: The application process is currently closed. We will be accepting proposals for summer 2020 this winter.

Check out our summer 2019 resident profiles here.