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#1 garnetglaze



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Posted 15 July 2014 - 03:59 PM



I am recent graduate in Art and Psychology from Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO. In my last semester of school I took a ceramics class and fell instantly in love and know that this is a path I should be following. Unfortunately having only taken this one class I do not have enough experience to apply for residency programs or internships in many of the larger clay studios.


I am hoping to find someone who would offer me a place to stay and access to a studio in trade for me helping in the studio, firings, setting up and selling at shows, child care (if applicable), general house work and anything else you may need. I have great references and have been a paid wood shop supervisor at my college as well as a highly appreciated assistant to a professional artist.


Currently I am living in a cooperative living house in Ann Arbor, MI but the sharing period is up at the end of the month so I am able to move anywhere. I would highly appreciate any help or suggestions. If you, or someone you know may be interested you can go to my web page to access my resume garnetglaze.com.


Thank you for taking the time to read,


Garnet Glaze

#2 JBaymore



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Posted 19 July 2014 - 11:23 AM

Hi garnetglaze......... welcome to the forums. :)


Sorry about the lack of response here.  We all are not "ignoring" you.  But what you are looking for is few and far between in the USA at the moment.  There are very few people I know of that still take on full time apprentices.  And the few slots for that that exist are very competitive...... with the people usually coming into those slots having undergrad degrees in ceramics or the equivalent.


Like in most things...... you might have to invest in expanding the education before being able to land the position. 


I think most who have apprentices now or have had them in the past would agree that the first year....... an apprentice is often a bit of a work liability.  Takes more input from the master than the output from the apprentice effects.  Even with people that have some training.  Sometimes it is a year of "unlearning" what they got taught as "truth" and "absolute".  So the commitment to take someone on is not taken lightly.


Additionally....... legal issues have proliferated in the US.  Wage and hour laws, liability potential, and so on make having someone in that role slightly "dangerous" to the host.  Again... affects the decision to do so.


Good luck with the search. 





John Baymore
Adjunct Professor of Ceramics; New Hampshire Insitute of Art

Former Guest Professor, Wuxi Institute of Arts and Science, Yixing, China

Former President and Past President; Potters Council



#3 Colby Charpentier

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Posted 19 July 2014 - 01:33 PM

John said it all...     A community studio willing to do work exchange would be a good next step, as it may be a while before you can support yourself on clay work alone. It would be worthwhile to question what you're willing to give up for a career in clay.

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Posted 03 August 2014 - 06:37 PM

Why not take some more classes? Often colleges allow non degree seeking students into classes after all the degree students sign up. Or a community center or art guild might have clay classes you can take.

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