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Artist in Residence

Mighty Mud’s 2021/2022 Artist in Residence

Deadline extended to July 15th, 2021!

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).

Vanessa Hartman

Current Resident 2020/2021

Vanessa Hartman makes objects as a way to digest the world around her. Ideas of origin, identity, the human experience, habitat, and play resonate in her work. Hartman is translating her observations into new forms which act as vessels of stored energy, conversations in nonverbal communication, and characters in a mythology of their own. Growing up in Jupiter, Florida, the sand, fauna, people, and gift shops have provided her with a particular sensibility for the human perspective and the way we interact with the environment we live in. Hartman received her BA in Studio Art from Florida State University in 2014 where she focused on multi-media sculpture and ceramics. Her continuing desire to learn has brought her to Tennessee where she studied and worked at Arrowmont School of Arts in and Crafts in 2017. It was there she fell in love with the
mountains and community of East Tennessee. For the last three years she has pursued a cohesive balance between working, making, and teaching. This residency serves as her first and she is delighted for what and where this experience takes her next.

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 July 31, 2021 (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