Application deadline: January 31, 2021

The Artist in Residence Program offers the top emerging ceramic talent in the U.S. and abroad the space, time, and resources to develop their artwork and their professional lives.

Artist in Residence Program

Pictured: Laura Nave ’19, Scott Ross ’19, and Grayson Fair ’20 (in order of appearance).

About the Program

The AMOCA Artist in Residence Program, established in 2012, is one of the few long-term fellowship opportunities for ceramic artists on the West Coast. Located an hour from the desert, mountains, and beaches of Southern California and thirty minutes east of Los Angeles, the residency provides artists an opportunity to produce or develop a new body of work.

Resident 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 residents at a time. Ceramic artist residencies range from six months to one years, typically starting in January.

Application deadline: January 31, 2021 (for residencies that begin October 2021 and January 2022).

What you can expect from us:

  • 150 sq. ft. semi-private studio space with 24/7 access
  • Studio apartment (second floor walk-up, within walking distance of AMOCA, utilities not included)
  • $100 weekly stipend
  • Firing stipend and support for AMOCA’s seven kilns, including two atmospheric kilns built by Ted Neal
  • Materials stipend through Laguna Clay
  • 24/7 access to communal studio facilities, including three slab rollers, full stocked glaze mixing area, and more
  • Teaching and workshop opportunities within the studio and at local colleges
  • Access to onsite photography lab and the Helen and Roger Porter Research Library
  • A complimentary AMOCA Membership for the duration of your residency
  • Behind-the-scenes access to museum facilities and collections

What we expect from you:

  • Minimum 20 hours per week of active studio time
  • Regular participation in monthly AMOCA events
  • Bring unique perspectives and experiences to AMOCA through engagement with students, members, and visitors
  • An introduction of yourself and your artwork to the community in the form of an Artist Talk / Visual Presentation
  • A final summary or visual tour summarizing your work during the residency

Generous support from the Windgate Foundation, Laguna Clay, Julianne and David Armstrong, and AMOCA’s donors and members make this program possible.

How to Apply

Applications are completed online and open each year in December and close at the end of January. Fellowship opportunities vary depending on funding available. You are strongly encouraged to sign up for our mailing list to stay up-to-date on artist opportunities at AMOCA.

Deadline: January 31, 2021

If this is your first time applying to a residency (or you want a refresher), the American Alliance of Artists has a good one-page summary. Feel free to call or email our staff if you have questions or want to bounce ideas off us – we’re happy to answer any questions you might have!

To complete the application, the following information is required:

  • Personal contact information
  • Resume (in pdf, doc, or docx format)
  • A residency plan of no more than 200 words (approximately 2-3 paragraphs) describing your proposed plans for the residency (in pdf, doc, or docx format)
  • Five digital images that are representative of your work

There is a fee of $30 to apply to the residency program.

Questions? Email us at studio@amoca.org.


• Three Geil DL model gas kilns with PXG – 4 controllers (10, 20, and 40 cubic foot) The 10 cubic feet kiln has an automotive damper for controlling the atmosphere and temperature
• Salt kiln (built by Ted Neal)– 32 cubic feet
• Soda kiln (built by Ted Neal) – 32 cubic feet
• Four electric Skutt kilns and test Skutt kiln
• Three slab rollers (small 14”x40”, medium 20”x45”, and large 3’x5’)
• North Star extruder with assorted dies
• Potters wheels: Brent, Soldner, Lockerbie, and Pacifica
• Glaze area with common clay and glaze materials
• Soldner mixer
• Bluebird Pugger

In 2012, the Artist in Residence program at AMOCA was launched and Bobby Free (Montana) became the inaugural artist-in-residence. From those humble beginnings, artists accepted into the program over the next six years were afforded a semi-private studio space, 24/7 access to studio facilities, and equipment for one to six months. Artist amenities grew in the fall of 2018, when AMOCA’s founder David Armstrong generously provided the means necessary for a local furnished apartment, within walking distance, to be provided as part of the residency program. Laguna Clay (a regional ceramics supply company) became an annual program sponsor in 2019 and began providing artists a clay stipend. The Windgate Foundation made a significant grant in the spring of 2020 to increase the number of residents and underwrite the program through April 2022.

Watch the video below to learn more about the experience of Laura Nave ’19 during her residency.

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