The Artist in Residence Program at Sawtooth School for Visual Art is designed to encourage and enhance the creative, intellectual, professional, and personal growth of emerging visual artists. It is a period of time 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.

Residents should be enthusiastic and dedicated to their artwork, enjoy working with other people in a community studio setting, and have a working knowledge of the ceramic medium. Previous experience working in a ceramics studio is strongly preferred. 

Residencies range from a few months for the short-term and up to two years for the long-term. New residents 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. 


The resident will receive a semi-private studio space equipped with a pottery wheel (if desired) and a shelving unit inside the Sawtooth School for Visual Art ceramics area. The resident will have 24/7 studio access. 

The Artist in Residence will have access to the community wheel throwing and hand-building studios during scheduled open studio hours.

The resident will have access to the glazing room, all studio glazes, scales, and mixing equipment free of charge. 

Resident receives SSVA cost on all materials, clay, and glazes. The resident is responsible for purchasing materials to mix personal glazes, slips, engobes, terra sigilatta, and plaster.

Residents receive free bisque and glaze firings at the discretion of the Director of Ceramics.

Residents are given the opportunity to teach at Sawtooth School for Visual Art. Teaching positions are paid.

Sawtooth has a dedicated sales gallery and an exhibition space. Residents are encouraged to have work for sale in our sales gallery. Near the end of a Resident’s term, they have the opportunity to schedule an exhibit in the SSVA Gallery.


Work an average of 7 hours per week for the studio during assigned weekly shifts. During this time residents fulfill obligations for studio needs including but not limited to loading kilns, firings, cleaning, equipment up-keep, workshop preparation, and glaze mixing.

Residents are responsible for their own studio tools, housing and transportation.

At the conclusion of the residency, the Resident will donate a small work to the SSVA permanent collection.


Resident has access to 2 large gas kilns, 3 computerized electric kilns, a raku kiln, pottery wheels, slab rollers, fully stocked glaze lab, spray booth, and other assorted studio supplies.

Wood Kilns

Sawtooth will be building a wood fired train kiln and a catenary arch wood/soda kiln at an auxiliary location about 12 minutes from Sawtooth. This project is scheduled for completion in the second quarter of 2022.

Wood Fire Residency

Sawtooth’s Wood Fire Residency program provides a year-long concentration dedicated to expanding one’s portfolio of wood-fired works. This opportunity may be extended into a second year with prior approval. Interested applicants should have a strong and developed body of work, have previous experience firing wood kilns, feel comfortable directing firings, possess a strong work ethic, and have a desire to work within a community setting.

The Wood Fire Resident works directly with the Director of Ceramics to maintain and expand the wood-fired program at Sawtooth. Expected tasks include teaching classes on wood firing, managing the wood firing community, acting as the contact to our wood suppliers, processing firewood, managing kiln maintenance, implementing safety policies, and supervising community and class firings. In exchange, firing fees for the wood kiln are generally waived for the wood fire resident. Time spent managing the wood fire program will account for some but not all of the wood fire resident’s hours.

Application Materials:

Portfolio of 10-15 images with corresponding image list, 3 references with email and phone number, artist statement, resume or CV, and letter of intent.


Application materials must be emailed to sethcharles@sawtooth.org by March 15, 2023.
The residency will start September 1st, 2023, and end August 31st, 2024.


Seth Charles, Director of Ceramics, Sawtooth School for Visual Art

(336) 723-7396 sethcharles@sawtooth.org