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Sponsored Alternative Firing Ceramics Artist Residency @ Elsewhere Studios in Paonia, CO

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Elsewhere Studios Residency Program in Paonia, Colorado, USA provides space and time for artists to create in a unique and supportive environment. Time spans are based on individual artist's request – 1 to 6 months.

What Makes this event different?

Elsewhere exists in the heart of the small town of Paonia, Colorado, located at the base of Lamborn Mountain in the West Elks on the western slope of the Rockies. The town itself has a population of 1500, but the surrounding mesas hold another 5000. It is surrounded by orchards, farms, and vineyards. Paonia has attracted artists, organic/biodynamic farmers and community minded folks for decades. This has resulted in a community of strong individuals, high interest in sustainable lifestyles, and a growing art scene where the mountains meet the desert. When you drive into town and first see the two blocks of main street, it can be hard to believe that this little town supports such a vibrant community.


Elsewhere Studios Artist Residency Program provides space and time for artists to create in a unique and supportive environment. Time spans are individually based – 1 to 6 months and we can accommodate 4 to 6 artists at a time. We welcome artists, writers, composers, and performance artists at any stage of their careers as well as scientists, activists, teachers, students, or any kind of creative thinker interested in exploring and expanding their work. Elsewhere is a choose-your-own-adventure style residency. Situated in downtown Paonia, the spaces are versatile, providing residents with opportunities to connect with the community… or just time to focus on work. There is an equipped woodshop onsite, printing access, a ceramics co-op as well as performance space upon request.


Elsewhere Studios in Paonia, Colorado is offering a one month fully-funded residency for a Ceramic Artist working with alternative firing techniques such as Pit and Saggar. 

The residency will take place in Fall 2018 ( September, October, November or December) and includes living space at Elsewhere, full access to Paonia Clayworks studio and a $250 stipend.Artists are expected to host a one day workshop teaching the community about their alternative firing process during the residency.

The application deadline is: March 1st, 2018

Ceramic studio information: The studio is located 10 blocks from Elsewhere. It is a cooperative studio at one end of a warehouse building (Edesia Warehouse) that also houses a commercial kitchen. It is an easy walkable or bike rideable distance from Elsewhere! There is 24/7 access to the space and it includes: 5 wheels, a slab roller, clay mixer, extruder, 3 electric kilns, a propane fire Raku Kiln. By Fall of 2018 we also expect to have a natural gas fired kiln in use. Artist is responsible for purchase of their own clay and glaze materials. 

Note: If you are interested in an additional month or two (& able to pay the customary Residency Fee), please put that in your application.



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