Residencies of the World

A review of some of the world’s best ceramics residencies.

Artist-in-residencies vary greatly in prices, facilities and philosophy from one institution to another. Click on the links below to find out more about that particular center.


Located in the heart of the old town of Vallauris, France, the non-profit Association A.I.R. Vallauris (Artists in Residence) welcomes international artists from all horizons to meet and collaborate with local artists and to research and create new work in an artistic laboratory created specifically for them.

A.I.R. Vallauris

The European Ceramic Work Center – is an international workshop located in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands, where participants explore the art and techniques of ceramics. The studio offers working and living space, as well as a team of specialized professionals.

European Ceramic Work Center

The International Ceramics Studio (ICS) – is a ceramic art center located eighty kilometers south of the Hungarian capital, Budapest. The mission of the studio is to promote the formal, aesthetic and technical development of ceramics and to help foster creative skills.

The International Ceramics Studio

Rufford Craft Center – it’s got the lot – a collection of British studio pottery, a research facility, a library and a studio complete with a residency program. A fully-equipped pottery studio is used for residencies by established potters and promising newcomers from both the UK and abroad.


The Banff Centre for the Arts is Canada’s only learning Center dedicated to the arts, leadership development, and mountain culture. Programs to advance professional arts practice, provide skill development through training, and engage in cultural research and experimentation are made available on a national level.

Banff Center for the Arts


The Anderson Ranch Arts Center is a learning community dedicated to creativity and growth through the making and understanding of the visual arts. Located in the resort community of Snowmass Village, Colorado, 10 miles west of Aspen and 160 miles west of Denver.

The Appalachian Center for Crafts, a division of Tennessee Technological University (TTU), is a unique educational facility emphasizing professional degree studies in traditional and contemporary fine craft in clay, fibers, glass, metals and wood. The facility is located on 500 wooded acres in scenic Middle Tennessee, near the town of Smithville, overlooking Center Hill Lake.

Appalachian Center for Crafts

The Archie Bray Foundation was founded in 1951. It is a non-profit, educational institution dedicated to the enrichment of the ceramic arts, offering residencies and specialized workshops to ceramic artists from around the world. The ‘Bray’, as it is known, is located in Helena, Montana.

Archie Bray Foundation

The Clay Art Center is a potter’s studio of 35 members offering classes, workshops, a residency program and kiln firing services. A monthly gallery exhibit will also be featured in the virtual gallery. It’s located in Port Chester, New York.

Hurricane Mountain is a ‘Center for Earth Arts’, located in the magnificent Adirondack Mountains of New York state. The center offers summer and winter residencies and community workshops for artists primarily working in clay, fiber, wood and stone.

Hurricane Mountain

The Nottingham Center for the Arts, located in San Marcos, California, offers artist residencies, workshops, conferences, seminars, exhibits, art events, and special facilities for artists, as well as meeting and event space to other arts organizations.

Pewabic Pottery is located in Detroit, Michigan. It offers internships for university students. Internships can be served in a variety of departments, such as Education or Fabrication Studios, Gallery, Communications and Development. Pewabic staff members serve as mentors.

Watershed Ceramic Arts Studio – a residency-retreat which provides artists from across the country and abroad with time and space to create in clay. Located in Maine, USA.

Watershed Ceramic Arts Studio

Many Universities around the world also offer artist-in-residency programs – too many to list here. Contact the educational institutions in the area of your choice directly for more information. Research! Please also visit the Residencies links section for updates and more great world residencies!

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