Odyssey ClayWorks

Resident Artist Program

The Resident Artist Program offers a stimulating learning environment for advanced, self- directed students and recent graduates to experiment and explore their passion for clay. It is our intention to provide a supportive creative atmosphere for emerging artists to take their work to the next level. The program encourages artists to work as a synergistic community to accelerate their personal and professional development in the ceramic arts.


The Resident Artist Program is a great opportunity for artists who are looking for time, space and resources to experiment with new techniques while creating a cohesive body of work. Qualified candidates are capable of working independently, while still appreciating the benefits of group interaction. Artist qualifications are not just considered by quality of work and artistic merit. The program suits those who are self-directed, motivated, community oriented and have energetic willingness to work hard at routine studio maintenance as well as helping students and instructors.


Odyssey studio is a state-of-the-art, 5000-square-foot former warehouse in Asheville's Historic River Arts District. Our studio equipment includes:

  • 8 Large Electric Kilns
  • Geil Downdraft Gas Kiln
  • Salt & Soda Kiln
  • Raku Kiln
  • 16 Pottery Wheels
  • Slab Roller
  • 2 Extruders
  • Large Glaze Lab with Spray Booth
  • Plaster Mold Making Equipment


Resident Artists benefit from working within a diverse community of Ceramic Artists both at Odyssey and in the River Arts District. Residents also benefit from the following opportunities:

  • Personal Studio Work Space*
  • 24 Hour Studio Access
  • Use of Studio Equipment & Kilns**
  • Discounts on Clay Purchases
  • Participate in/ Assist Classes & Workshops
  • Attend Visiting Artist Lectures
  • Teaching Opportunities
  • Group Critiques & Trips
  • Display Space & Gallery Sales Opportunities
  • Group Gallery Show
  • Access to Odyssey's Photo Room for taking professional photographs of new work
  • Individual page on Odyssey's website
  • Participate biannually in The River Arts District Studio Stroll

*Residents are responsible for their own housing and living expenses.
**Odyssey does not provide clay, wheels for private use or personal glaze materials. Firing fees apply for exclusive use of kilns.


In exchange for what Odyssey provides, Resident Artists are responsible for working a regular 8 hour shift one day per week. Additional hours may be necessary for workshops, special events and meetings. Residents act as representatives of Odyssey and are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner and to execute responsibilities thoroughly and efficiently. Duties include assisting instructors and students, firing kilns, mixing glazes, and general studio maintenance.

Term of Residency

The Resident Artist Program is an 18-month commitment. 24-month residencies are possible with annual evaluation on continuance.

Application Process

Applications are received on an ongoing basis.

The complete application package includes:

  • Resident Artist Application Form (Click here to download application)
  • A thumb drive with 10 high quality digital images of recent work labeled with title, medium, size and date executed
  • A letter of intent stating your personal goals for the program
  • 2 letters of recommendation from professional associates. Letters should be signed and sealed in an envelope included in your application package, or sent directly to Odyssey via mail
  • Resume
  • Artist’s statement

You will receive email notification when your application is received with information about our next available residency.

For more information please contact:

Gabriel Kline, Director
Odyssey ClayWorks