The Ceramics Artist in Residence Program at the Sawtooth School for Visual Art is designed to encourage and enhance the creative, intellectual, professional, and personal growth of emerging studio artists. It is a period for artists to focus intensely on their work, explore new ideas and techniques, and push their work to new levels. Community involvement, professional development, and self-exploration are at the core of Sawtooth’s goals for residents.

The Ceramics Residency program is a one-year commitment. Three residents, two in wood firing and one in electric/gas firing, are chosen by the Director of Ceramics along with a rotating jury. The selections are based on the quality of the work, its artistic merit, and the diversity of the prospective group in terms of work, background, and stage of career development.

Applications for our 2024-2025 residency program have closed. We will have information about our new residents very soon!

For more information on our Residency program– contact Po Wen Liu, Director of Ceramics at ceramics@sawtooth.org.


2022 – 2023 Residents


Sam McCall was born and raised in Southern Utah and had his first ceramics experience, like many, in a high school class. After graduating, he attended Utah Tech University where received his associates degree. The itch to woodfire and the lack of resources around him drove Sam to move to Logan, Utah where he completed his BFA with an emphasis in ceramics in the spring of 2021.


Carey Nathanson is a ceramicist from Wilmington, North Carolina. The bulk of his education in ceramics came in 2018 – 2019, studying wood firing as a studio assistant under John Dix in Kobe, Japan and Nick Schwartz in Comptche, California. Since his time as an assistant, he’s completed residencies at the American Museum of Ceramic Art, the Mendocino Art Center, STARworks, and Red Lodge Clay Center.


Max Saunders is a ceramic artist and educator with over 15 years of experience in ceramics. He received his MFA from Utah State University and a BFA in ceramics from UNC-Asheville. He has worked with a variety of potters in the North Carolina Appalachian region and has experience in kiln building, firing, welding, and carpentry.