residency opportunity: Carbondale Clay Center

12-month Residency Program

The primary goal of the Carbondale Clay Center’s Residency Program is to provide emerging ceramic artists time and space to develop a body of work that will take them to the next level in their careers while gaining important technical skills and teaching experience. The focus is on creative development and defining one’s artistic voice and individual statement.

There are three residency programs that run for a 12-month period of time (September 1–August 31). A residents will have opportunity to apply for a second year based on their first year of participation. Residents will share a semi-private studio space and 24/7 access to the Carbondale Clay Center. Residents can expect to be mentored by experienced, talented ceramic artists who are part of the vibrant Carbondale Arts community. Please download and read a copy of the Resident Artist Handbook prior to applying for this residency. It will give you a greater understanding of the experience, expectations and requirements of a CCC artist resident.

Application for Residency

Application Deadline(not postmarked):  April 7, 2017
Applicants advised by  May 1, 2017
Email materials to director@carbondaleclay.org or send to:

Carbondale Clay Center
Residency Application
135 Main St.
Carbondale, CO 81623

Please send:

  • Application form including the outlined list of materials (click here to download)
  • $30 application fee (checks payable to the Carbondale Clay Center, or click our Buy Now button below to pay online)

Feel free to call or email with questions: 970-963-2529 or director@carbondaleclay.org

www.carbondaleclay.org/residency-program/

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monday morning eye candy: Thaddeus Erdahl

When considering the murky reservoir of human history, it is
difficult to separate legend from reality. Through my work, I examine
human myth in the modern age, specifically on characters that emerge
from our society’s underbelly; the less popular folk. Using their
“legends”, I feel compelled to tell stories that illustrate analogies in
life; blending together archetypes, shared experiences, and my own
personal mythology. Who we are in the world is a kaleidoscope of
interpretations, biased memories, and personal connections. 


Ceramic sculpture and portraiture, in particular, are
forms of a visual narration that I use to satisfy my urge for
documenting what I see in human nature. Evocative of well-loved toys and
obsolete artifacts, I use the implied history of these objects to
encourage the viewer to disconnect from the present situation and
conjure their own individual narratives from my sculptures.


Working with concepts that are personal and sometimes
narcissistic perceptions of the gloomy side of life, dark humor is my
buffer. Dry or irreverent, it is humor that mystifies the tragic. – Thaddeus Erdahl