residency opportunity: FLEX @ Medalta DEADLINE SEPT 15th!

2 – 8 months, between September 3rd, 2020 to July 30th, 2021
$515/month (CDN)
Application Deadline: May 15th, 2020 and September 15th, 2020

Fee includes:

  • 24 hour studio access
  • Full access to the entire Historic Clay District site
  • Glaze materials in test quantities
  • Use of shop glazes
  • Teaching and employment opportunities

Artist responsible for:

  • Materials, clay, personal tools
  • firings costs at reduced rate
  • Accommodations:

Our on-site housing, the BMO Artist Lodge, is available for artists to rent. Rooms cost $600-725 (CDN)/month. For more information on accommodations, click here.

Employment Opportunities Available for Long-Term Resident Artists:

  • Part-Time Event Staff
  • Production Assistant
  • Museum Front-Desk Reception
  • Instructor – Adult Pottery Courses
  • Instructor – Children’s Pottery Courses

For more information contact


FLEX @ Medalta

De 2 à 8 mois, entre le 3 septembre 2020 et le 30 juillet 2021

515 $ CAD par mois

Dates limites de candidature: le 15 mai 2020 et le 15 septembre 2020


Les frais incluent

  • Accès au studio en tout temps
  • Accès complet au site Historic Clay District (Quartier historique de l’argile)
  • Glaçures en quantité suffisante pour effectuer des essaies
  • Utilisation des glaçures du studio
  • Opportunités d’emplois telles que l’enseignement

Responsabilités de l’artiste :

  • Matériel, argile, outils personnels
  • Les coûts de cuisson à un taux réduit
  • Hébergement :

Notre hébergement sur place, le BMO artiste Lodge, est disponible pour les artistes. Les chambres coûtent entre 600 et 725 $ CAN par mois. Pour plus d’informations sur l’hébergement, voir:

Opportunités d’emplois pour les artistes en résidence de longue durée

  • Employé aux évènements à temps partiel
  • Assistant à la production
  • Préposé(e) à la réception du musée
  • Instructeur – Cours de poterie pour adulte
  • Instructeur – Cours de poterie pour enfant

Pour toute information, vous pouvez contacter

residency opportunity: Medalta International Artist in Residence

The Artists in Residence program is at the heart of creativity at Medalta. Artists from all over the world come to Medalta for lengths of time from one day to one year to make in a community that validates risk and nurtures creativity. This creativity is transferred to the community through both our Exhibition and Education programs.

The resident artists also teach in our Education program which includes curricular and co-curricular programming, as well as summer camps. The resident artists occupy a vital role in delivering programming in our lifelong learning program. As an organization, The Friends of Medalta Society has been a leader in developing creative pathways in museology, social enterprise, and community engagement.


technical tuesday: Archaeological Study of Medalta’s Kiln Room

In 2010, an Industrial Archaeologist named Talva Jacobson came to the Historic Clay District to complete an archaeological study of Medalta’s Kiln Room. We were reasonably sure that the foundations of at least three round kilns were under the concrete floor which was constructed sometime in the 1960’s. As Talva and her team excavated, they were indeed able to find kiln foundations as well as a wealth of other archaeological information which will aid in understanding the processes of industry in the early years of the twentieth century.

Want to see more and read more about this excavation? Check it out HERE.

a post about places that change your life (and a request to help out Medalta in their time of need)

This is me circa 2010 during a month long residency at Medalta in Medicine Hat. Little did I know that when the director Aaron Nelson called me and asked me to pull together a group of artists for a month that I would not only have a life changing experience, but that a piece of my heart would forever belong to Medalta Artist in Residence Program. I’m sure many of you out there have had similar experiences at different places around the world, colleagues that become friends, friends that become family; and precious time in a studio with other artists that invigorates and renews your creative practice. Medalta and it’s vibrant community have been so good to me. I’ve had the opportunity to return to Medalta on a number of occasions to visit with other artists, to teach and to jury exhibitions.

So it’s with their future sustainability in my heart and mind that I’m posting today about a fundraiser they are currently doing to upgrade their Soda and Salt Kilns. These kilns are over ten years old and have seen better days in their lifetime of producing beautiful pots for international artists. Here’s me back in 2010 firing the soda kiln during my residency there.


And here is the state of the kilns currently…

Medalta needs to raise $12,000 in the next month in order to rebuild these kilns and have them up and running for new residents and workshop attendees. If you have the ability to do so, I encourage you to donate today and help them out. Who knows you might find yourself there as a resident someday! Or did you know you can rent the kilns as well??? (well you can rent the new ones in the future that is!)

Here’s the link to DONATE to their campaign.

And here is Medalta’s website if you want to learn more about them or get in contact.


call for entry: Plenty

Canadian artists are invited to submit their interpretation of the cup. Functional and sculptural entries welcome! ‘Plenty’ will be an online exhibition, launching in the fall of 2019. Our amazing sponsors have offered up some tantalizing prize action and we’re so honored to have their support!

DEADLINE July 1st, 2019

Juried by Brendan Tang

Grand Prize: Workshop fee for any 2020 Medalta 2020 Summer Workshop, Sponsored by Medalta
Best in Function: $250 Sponsored by Tucker’s Pottery Supplies
Best in Sculpture: $250 Sponsored by Pottery Supply House
Best Emerging Work: $350 Sponsored by Plainsman Clay
Submissions open: April 15th
Deadline to submit: July 1st
Works will be juried from digital. Work must be primarily ceramic, original and made within the past 2 years. For members of the Canadian Clay Directory, the entry fee is $20 for up to 3 entries. $35 for non-members/3 entries.
Open to all artists living in Canada, and Canadian artists living abroad.

Full details can be found HERE.