Residency About

The Reitz Ranch Center for Ceramic Arts Artist Residency Program is designed to encourage the creative, intellectual and personal growth of emerging and established ceramic artists. This program is an ideal opportunity for a developing artist who is looking for a place to pursue focused work while gaining teaching experience and valuable technical skills. The selections are based on the quality and artistic merit of the work, and the diversity of the prospective group in terms of commitment, work, background, and stage of career development. There are two long-term residents at a time and several visiting residency artist opportunites. Residencies range from two weeks to two years. Applications are currently being accepted for visiting residency artists.

What you can expect from us:

  • Shared studio space of approximately 200 square feet

  • $100 monthly stipend in materials and firings

  • 24 hr access to all facilities

  • Teaching opportunities with competitive pay

  • Ongoing efforts to introduce and help build relationships between Residents and prominent artistic figures in the Verde Valley.

  • Help in Residents achieving their professional goals within the scope of the Residency and to the best of our abilities.

What we can expect from you:

  • 20 hrs per week of active studio time, in the pursuit of Resident goals

  • 20 Resident Hours per week (outlined in Handbook)

  • A primary instructor for adult, kids, and outreach classes offered at RR and Boxcar Clay

  • Bring unique perspectives and experiences to RR and Boxcar Clay through engagement with students, visitors, and events

  • Strongly encouraged to participate in the making and donating of works for our annual fundraiser

  • Donate a quality piece, representative of your time as a resident, to the RR permanent collection

  • An introduction of yourself and your artwork to the community in the form of a Public Artist Talk / Visual Presentation to be held in October following your arrival

For more detailed information on experience, expectations and requirements of a Reitz Ranch Resident Artist, please download and read a copy of the Resident Artist Handbook prior to applying for this residency.

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What does shared studio space mean?  Residents will be assigned a shared studio in building adjacent to main facilities. Two Residents per shared space, which is approximately 200 square feet in size, with basic studio furniture, including a canvas covered table and shelving for personal use.

Do you provide equipment for Resident Studios? Resident Studios have basic studio furniture, including a canvas covered table and shelving for personal use. Residents are expected to provide personal supplies and tools including potters wheel, sculpture stands, 5 gallon buckets, etc.

What do you provide in the main communal studio space?
Our main studio space includes large working tables, Bailey slab roller, 2 Brent electric wheels, 9 Bailey ST-X electric wheels, Creek Pottery extruder, Soldner Clay Mixer, variety of studio tools, & Wi-Fi network.

What kind of kilns do you have?
Skutt 1227 computerized electric kiln, rated to cone 8; Skutt 1027 computerized electric kiln, rated to cone 10; Skutt 822 computerized electric kiln, rated to cone 10; Skutt Glaze Tech computerized electric test kiln, rated to cone 10; Gas fired soda kiln (approx 18 cubic feet); Olson updraft gas reduction kiln (approx. 16 cubic feet); Geil gas kiln (approx. 22 cubic feet)

What is the cost of living in Carbondale? The Roaring Fork Valley is very expensive. Most residents work other jobs during their residency to make ends meet. Housing can be expensive and difficult to find, especially if you are coming with a pet. Shared housing is often the most cost-effective option.  We will do our best to pass on any information regarding housing leads prior to your arrival.  We highly recommend doing research beforehand. See Handbook for more details.