The Harvest Plate Residency is a 6-month Winter opportunity for ceramicists who want to contribute to Craigardan’s annual fundraiser, while receiving ample time and space to create their own work.  The residency includes housing, studio space, utilities, and materials and firings.  The Harvest Plate Resident is required to produce the equivalent of 150 plates and 150 bowls, small plates or cups (300 pieces) for the annual Fall benefit event, Dinner in the Field, a delicious community celebration of the farm, the food, and the plate.   The event punctuates a season’s worth of farming and thoughtful preparation while highlighting the region’s Makers - potters, growers, chefs, cheesemakers, craftsmen, and many others.  Funds raised at the event benefit Craigardan’s support of artists and makers through its programming.

What makes this residency unique is the opportunity for a potter to collaborate with a chef.  The resident is paired with our Kitchen Manager and a culinary artist to design an elegant, cohesive, and delicious multi-course meal that reflects true collaboration between tableware and meal.  This collaboration - and the menu itself - will determine the actual pieces that are made for the table.  Potters and chefs are welcome to submit a proposal to work together, or we will select artists for these roles.  Our goal is to create an experience for the event guests that is wholly in-and-of this place:  seasonal ingredients from our farm and partner farms, artistry in its preparation from our culinary program, and service on pottery designed and produced in our studio.  

Winter at Craigardan provides an unparalleled stretch of quiet; a focused period of time to create dynamic, self-directed work without few distractions.  Only 5-6 artists are in residence at a time through the winter.  Winter Residents have an exclusive workspace within a shared and well-equipped studio. The Harvest Plate Resident is encouraged to collaborate with the staff and other residents during this quiet time, exchanging ideas and finding inspiration in each other’s work.  All Residents take part in the cleaning and maintenance of the studios, common areas, and living quarters.

The Harvest Plate Residency includes:

  • a private bedroom

  • personal studio space with basic studio furniture available 24/7

  • shared studio areas that include a stocked glaze-mixing room, electric, wood, and salt/soda kilns, and multiple work areas

  • all utilities and wireless internet

  • winter farm share

  • studio materials and firings for benefit ware and a materials budget to reduce costs for personal work

  • opportunity to show and sell work in the gallery

  • public exposure during Craigardan’s fundraising events as well as through online and print publications

  • ongoing organizational support and professional development opportunities


  • ability to prioritize tasks and work independently and efficiently, though access to studio staff and assistance is also available

  • must be able to safely lift 50 lbs and perform moderate physical labor

  • competence in ceramic studio processes and use of equipment including glaze-making and the firing of kilns

  • ability to produce 300 finished pieces, including firings, within 6 months

  • a BFA or BA with a concentration in ceramics, an extensive pottery apprenticeship, or equivalent experience

  • a strong ability and desire to collaborate with others

  • interest in the intersection of food, farming and art

  • a strong desire to live and work communally in a remote, mountain environment in the winter

PLEASE NOTE:  Harvest Plate Residents are responsible for their own personal living costs including additional food and basic household needs, all transportation, and any personal studio tools or expenses.  Applicants are welcome to schedule a visit to Craigardan prior to applying.

Harvest Plate Artists-in-Residence:

Catherine Seidenberg, 2017

Emma Silverstein, 2017/2018

Kathy Irwin, 2018/2019

Bridget Fairbank, 2019/2020