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Artist in Residence

Mighty Mud’s 2022/2023 Artist in Residence

Deadline extended to June 21, 2022!

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).

Jordan Butzine

I am interested in people and objects. More specifically, objects that people use fascinate me. We interact with vessels every day, yet rarely think about them, unless they do or don’t do their job well. I aim to enhance the interactions one has when using everyday objects. I hope to add just one good moment to someone’s day. Maybe they take a deep breath and release it, maybe they crack a hint of a smile. If I can give a person a truly good moment, that would be enough. This idea is why I make pots, so that maybe I can make the world a little better, one pot at a time.

l am interested in the ways in which I can connect to others through my work. I believe a good pot has character, that it is pleasing to the eye, and most importantly, that it is pleasing to touch. I do not mean that it is smooth and soft, and therefore pleasing. I mean that it is tactile, that the shape and surface of the pot engage the user. When one reaches out to touch my pots, I want the pots to touch back. I hope to make people notice a small bump, a crease, or a ripple. For them to notice some subtle yet defining aspect of the pot. In doing so I hope that the person builds a deeper relationship with the pots over time.

l am interested in exploration. I experiment with shapes and forms, with the way in which they interact with glazes, and the ways in which people interact with the pots themselves. I want to see what happens when I push or pull or flip upside down. I seek the answer to the question: What happens if? In the pursuit of that question, I find growth and meaning. Growth in my techniques and growth in myself.

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 June 21, 2022 (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