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Artist in Residence

Mighty Mud’s 2023/2024 Artist in Residence

Deadline May 31, 2023

Mighty Mud is an active, urban ceramic-centric studio comprised of two buildings (16,000 square feet combined) and a large clay shed, stocked with 30+ varieties of clay. We have 42 artist studios, with over 100 local artists renting space in those studios, and an average of 1000 students per year. Mighty Mud hosts a gallery, an exhibition space, class space, and extensive glaze and clay retail. We have 15 electric wheels, a glaze lab, 5+ indoor electric kilns, a wood fired kiln, two slab rollers, an extruder, a documentation (photo booth) area, a spray booth, and a large outdoor area for projects. Mighty Mud’s artist-in-residence program provides a unique opportunity for artists to work in a collaborative community. Artists-in-Residence are encouraged to develop their existing bodies of work and explore new processes and concepts as well as take part in studio events. The residency allows artists to shape and structure their time to fit their own goals and contribute to the studio. Residents are expected to spend 10 hours per week in various roles: as a studio technician, at the retail counter, during open studio hours helping members and students, and with studio wash downs. Extra income can be earned through teaching workshop(s).

Jake Ingram

Jake Ingram is a printer and artist working in Knoxville, TN. He received his BFA in drawing in 2012 from East Tennessee State University and his MFA in drawing with a concentration in printmaking in 2015 from the New York Academy of Art. He attended Tamarind Institute in 2017 and was awarded his Printer Training Certificate in 2018. He was one of two people selected to stay a second year as an apprentice and in 2019 he earned the designation Tamarind Master Printer. In 2020, he opened Jackalope Editions, a collaborative print shop and publishing house in Knoxville, TN.

His interest lies in the synthesis of fine art and craft, therefore his personal work often involves printmaking and sewing. In addition to lithography, Ingram is trained in woodcut and intaglio. His work has been exhibited around the US and internationally. When not hanging out in the print shop you can find him hunting Jackalopes and Bigfoot.

Jeremy Myles

Jeremy Myles an artist and Ceramic Instructor living in Tennessee, born in Detroit Mi.  In 2017 he obtained an Associate of General Studies with a focus in art from Oakland Community College. That year he was also a (MCAA) Michigan Clay Art Associations Scholarship winner. He is currently an Instructor at Mighty Mud, and has also instructed other classes at the Knoxville Museum of Art, and The Bottom.

Throughout his life art has always been his passion across many mediums. Beginning his journey into art was with drawing and sketching. Handbuilding was his introduction into taking what he had envisioned on paper, and bringing it to life through clay. With his interest in making and altering clay growing, he took to wheel-throwing to expand the range of what he could achieve with clay. As an artist, always learning and growing, the goal is to take what he’s learned and integrate it into his art.

About the AIR Program.

Air’s are expected to be at Mud for 15-20 hours a week, which includes 7 hours per week of specific work for the studio.  The 1st three months of residency will be considered a trial period, at any time during the trial 90 days the resident or Mighty Mud can terminate the arrangement. Some everyday responsibilities include: maintaining equipment and space, promoting classes, regular posting on social media, loading and unloading kilns, mixing glazes, studio wash downs, presenting workshops, art slide talks and organizing exhibitions. Please submit the following information to our on-line application no later than May 31, 2023 (no emailed or mailed submissions will be accepted after that.)

Apply to the Artist-in-Residence Program

Do you have what it takes? Fill out the form below!


  • 10-15 images of work completed in the last 2 years. A minimum of 5 individual pieces of artwork are required.
  • Resume/CV
  • Brief artist statement (one page maximum)
  • Personal statement (one page maximum) explaining what you hope to accomplish personally and what you hope to bring to Mighty Mud studio during your residency. Additionally address what specific skills and qualities make you a good fit for the Mighty Mud Residency Program.
  • Names and contact info of 1-3 references

Residency includes:

  • Studio/work space in our classroom or artist group studios
  • Monthly stipend – $200
  • Clay and Glazes or glaze materials within reason
  • Ability to join any classes we offer free of charge
  • Teaching/assisting opportunities for extra pay
  • Solo show at the end of the residency in house or at another local gallery

Residency DOES NOT include:

  • Housing or food
  • Travel costs