Craigardan is a new nonprofit organization with a focus on ceramics and the intersection of the agricultural, culinary, and studio arts.  We are housed throughout a complex of six buildings located on 78 pristine acres overlooking the High Peaks of the Adirondack mountains.

In 2017 we will offer residencies to emerging and established ceramic artists, aspiring clay teachers, and culinary professionals.  In the studio, we will offer clay classes to the public covering a variety of topics from beginner throwing to glaze calculation and wood firing.  We also wish to host a diverse workshop program that takes advantage of our multi-disciplinary organization, and offers a fresh look at the traditional two-week workshop.  

We are currently requesting proposals from established ceramic artists and experienced teachers to lead one, two, and three-week workshops in 2017.

Although workshops are clay studio-based, we encourage collaboration between workshop participants and the farm and culinary residents.  An example of this may be a two week program focused on making functional salt-fired flame-ware that incorporates the design insight of our resident chef, and culminates in a meal prepared by the chef using the finished wares.  Proposals could include artist-invites-artist weeks, themes based on a wide range of influences, skill development intensives, or collaborations between co-teachers with differentiated but complementary approaches to clay.  

Our studio complex currently includes:

  • first floor studio with a fully stocked glaze lab, clay making, mold-making area, and glazing areas
  • second floor studio with large shared and personal spaces with all basic equipment
  • electric kilns and a two-chamber Will Ruggles designed wood-fired salt/soda kiln
  • we will be adding a new gas kiln in 2018

For the Leader, a Workshop includes:

  • private accommodations, possibly with shared kitchen and living spaces
  • private studio space with 24/7 access.  Space includes a table, stool, shelving, and a wheel if requested.
  • teaching stipend based on experience
  • weekly farm share
  • free materials and firings
  • opportunity to sell personal work in the Farmhouse Gallery and participate in group or possible solo show


  • established ceramic arts professional
  • teaching experience with workshop experience preferred
  • a BFA or BA with a concentration in ceramics or equivalent experience.  MFA preferred

PLEASE NOTE:  Workshop Leaders are responsible for their own transportation and any personal expenses.  Artists are strongly encouraged to schedule a visit to Craigardan prior to submitting an proposal.


Summer Workshop length:  one, two, or three weeks between June 1st and September 1st

Proposal deadline: April 1st

Two proposals will be accepted for Summer 2017



Proposal must include:

  • Completed Proposal form
  • Your resume
  • Brief statement of intent describing the topic you would like to teach...
  • 2 references
  • 5-10 images of recent work
  • An image script, which includes the title, medium, size, and date of each image


Please email questions and proposal to