The Clay Studio was carefully designed and built with the artist in mind, sighted to take advantage of the light and views for inspiration yet laid out for productivity. Craigardan's clay studio complex houses a Ruggles-designed wood-firing salt/soda kiln, electric kilns, a stocked glaze lab, clay-making and mold-making areas, and a large, open studio overlooking the Adirondack's Great Range. Its location on the property encourages artists to walk the trails and pastures, and allows for both complete engagement and complete retreat.
The studio complex also includes a summer studio shed for non-clay work, and a variety of outdoor spaces in the pole barn for specific projects. The campus also houses a private and secluded writer's cabin, the Applebarn Loft studio, and a fully-equipped kitchen studio.
Year-round residency opportunities are available for up to 10 artists at any time: 5 clay artists and 5 artists working in other media (scholars, writers, chefs, agriculturalists, researchers, 2 and 3-D artists).
classes + WORKSHOPS
Craigardan regularly offers a variety of clay classes and workshops to children, teens, and adults. Learn to throw on the potters wheel, or advance your skills and learn new techniques. Classes are also offered in other arts such as: printmaking, sculpture, cooking, clay and glaze-making, mold-making, and more.
OPEN STUDIOS + critiques
We host three open studio days each year: June Open House, November Maker's Day, and the February Chili Bowl Fundraiser. We welcome curious makers of all ages to come and try their hand at clay. Assistance and demonstrations are provided, and no experience is necessary. These are free and open to everyone.
Weekly group critiques are offered to all residents who wish to share and discuss their work. These critiques are also great opportunity for the local clay and arts community to meet the artists-in-residence; visit studio spaces, view works in progress, participate in group conversations and share knowledge. These are free and no registration is necessary, join us on Wednesdays at 5pm.
Opened in June 2017, the Farmhouse Gallery highlights our makers - both local and visiting - bringing art, craft, food, and farming together in one space. The gallery hosts openings, events, and other opportunities for the local community to meet the artists and engage in open discussions with visiting residents.