Experimental Clay Residency is Calling for Applications | Leonardo/ISAST

Experimental Clay Residency is Calling for Applications

Dates or Deadline: 
29 January 2022 to 18 February 2022
Albuquerque, NM
United States

The Hand and Machine Lab at the University of New Mexico is hosting an experimental clay residency, in collaboration with the Expressive Computation Lab at the University of California at Santa Barbara. Our goal is to explore integrations of ceramic craft with new technologies. The resident will work with researchers to develop new work employing tools like ceramic 3D printers, laser cutters, and custom software.

We are looking for experienced ceramic artists who are open to and interested in exploring new technologies. No previous experience with digital technology is required or expected. We encourage artists with no previous digital experience to apply. We aim to support wide ranging explorations of the creative potential of new technologies in the hands of master craftspeople.

WHEN: The residency will occur for a duration of 11 weeks between May 23 and August 8, 2022.*


Applications must be submitted by the end of the day on February 18th, 2022. Recipents will be notified in March 2022.


  • Selected residents will recieve the following:
  • Stipend totalling $20,000 for three months.
  • For artists who need to obtain housing or travel to and from UNM, assistance with these costs.
  • Desk/Studio space in the Hand and Machine Lab.
  • Access to the Hand and Machine Lab prototyping facilities that house a large electric kiln and a potter’s wheel as well as a PotterBot clay 3D printer, a laser cutter, and several traditional 3D printers.
  • Materials and supplies (clay, glazes, etc.) for the residency duration.
  • Access to technology and design researchers who will function as collaborators.


Selected artists are expected to:

  • Collaborate with researchers to produce a body of work and accompanying processes that integrate ceramics with digital technology.
  • Be available to work with researchers in-person at UNM for the duration of the residency. This is an in-person residency.*
  • Be available to work at least 30 hours per week during the residency period.
  • Participate in interviews and reflection sessions to help researchers document and characterize the nature of the collaborative process.
  • Give two artist’s talks, one at the beginning of the residency that focuses on your prior work and one at the conclusion of the residency that focuses on the work produced during this period.
  • Participate in an exhibition on the UNM campus at the conclusion of the residency, to be held within three months of the conclusion of the residency.
  • Help organize and participate in an exhibition in your local community at the conclusion of the residency.

* For applicants with outside family, professional, or other commitments, we can work with you to develop a schedule that accommodates your needs.


  • Artists will be selected according to the following criteria:
  • Portfolio
  • Residency proposal
  • Potential for mutually beneficial collaboration
  • Participants must be current residents of the state of New Mexico.
  • Note: CA residents are eligible for the companion UCSB residency.
  • Special consideration will be given to applicants from rural areas.


  • To apply please submit the following:
  • A portfolio consisting of 10-15 images of recent work with accompanying descriptions and dates. This can be submitted in the form of a stand alone document or a link to an online portfolio.
  • A one-page artist statement
  • A current resume or CV
  • A one-page residency statement. The statement should describe why you are interested in the residency and how you envision it impacting your ceramics practice. We welcome the inclusion of specific project ideas or information about technologies you are interested in exploring or learning about. The statement should also include a discussion of your approach to collaboration, touching on why you would like to explore this particular collaborative opportunity.
  • (Optional) Additional links to a professional website, instagram page, or other relevant site

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