Interested in a residency at Arch?

Arch will accept short-term residency proposals on a rolling deadline at any time of year in addition to our three established summer and winter residencies detailed below. We encourage artists at all levels of career development to apply. 

Residents have 24-hour access to facilities with semi-private and shared studio spaces, and equipment including our bailey gas kiln, four electric kilns, test kiln, a large slab roller, extruder, photo booth, basic wood shop tools and more. Responsibilities include 8-10 hours per week helping with regular studio maintenance or occasional gallery attending. Opportunities include free studio, gallery representation, exhibition and paid teaching. 

Exciting news: Studio renovations beginning fall 2019!

*Please take note: we will be closing the studio for renovations in September, 2019 and therefore will not accepting any artists for the 2019/2020 fall & winter residencies. Please apply again in 2020!


A three to four month residency between June and September, reserved for an emerging through established, self-directed, functional potter (BFA, MFA, or equivalent experience preferred). Summer resident receives a roughly 70 square-foot studio space, 24/7 access to shared studio equipment and kilns, paid teaching opportunities and gallery representation with ample space in retail gallery and online shop during peak summer season and inclusion in the two annual South Coast Open Studio Tours. Resident should be capable of and intending to maintain a production level high enough to keep gallery shelves fully stocked during summer season. Includes $100 monthly stipend to be applied to kiln fees and materials. Resident is expected to be working in their own studio 15-20 hours per week during business hours and contribute 8-10 hours a week to studio maintenance and/or gallery assistance. Residency culminates with Fall solo exhibition in our main gallery.

Fall/Winter Residency:

A three to nine month residency between September and May open to all ceramics artists (BFA, MFA, or equivalent experience preferred, not required). Residency includes free studio space with 24-hour access to shared studio equipment and kilns (electric, gas/wood) and a $100 monthly stipend to be applied to kiln fees and materials. Resident is expected to spend at least 20 hours a week in their own studios and 8-10 hours per week assisting with studio maintenance. Opportunities include potential solo exhibition, artist's lecture, gallery and online representation, paid teaching. 


This 8-week residency, culminating with a solo exhibition in April, includes 24-hour studio access with unrestricted use of the main 12’ x 16’ gallery space to construct an installation piece designed to transform the perception of the space. For this unique opportunity, our goal is to provide the space and give ample time for a ceramic installation artist to thoughtfully develop and successfully execute a work of art encompassing the entire gallery space. Works may be site specific, experimental or include the construction of a large-scale piece. The proposal should explain why the extended access to the exhibition space is essential for the successful execution of the piece. The accepted resident will occupy the main gallery as a personal studio for 2 months while developing and installing the show to be open to public, kicking off our 2019 Exhibition Season. Please contact with any questions.


To apply for a residency at Arch please submit the following information to or mail to: Arch Contemporary Ceramics A-I-R, 18 East Road, Tiverton, RI 02878

  • 10 images of your current work, labeled with last name_image# (300 dpi, 6" largest side)

  • Image list with descriptions, materials, dimensions, date

  • A brief artist statement (150 words or less)

  • A proposal/statement of purpose *including desired start/end dates (250 words or less)

  • CV/Resume

  • 3 References: name, contact info, relationship