At IUS Ceramics, we believe in preparing students for a career in the arts. One way we do that is to connect them with arts organizations in our community. Internships are a great way for students to forge and maintain those connections, while at the same time gain valuable experience outside of the classroom.

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Sam Chumley, working on the soda kiln

AA Clay Studio and Gallery Internship:

This internship takes place at AA Clay Studio & Gallery at 2829 South Fourth Street in Louisville, KY. It offers students a real world experience in the operations of a community clay studio. The gallery space offers interns an opportunity to learn sales and marketing. Students will hone these skills as they answer questions from studio artists or assist our teachers. The goal is to give students a chance to develop their skills individually.


  • Work 8-10 hours a week to operate Open Studio hours & gallery sales
  • Assist studio staff with studio maintenance
  • Ensure materials are well stocked, organized and accessible
  • Demonstrate proper equipment use, answer questions from studio artists
  • Assist with gallery sales and preparation for new exhibitions
  • Prepare mailings, price lists and signage for exhibitions
  • Update and organize artist files/gallery information


  • Provided with a key to the studio for 24 hour access
  • Opportunity to teach private lessons for payment
  • Opportunity to have a gallery exhibition at the end of program
  • Discounted clay and kiln firing costs

AA Clay Studios and Gallery website:

AA Clay Studio

AA Clay Studio

Kentucky Mudworks Internship:

This internship takes place at the Louisville location of Kentucky Mudworks, 506 Baxter Avenue, Louisville, Kentucky. The Kentucky Mudworks internship provides a multi-faceted introduction to all areas of ceramic studio practice. An excellent experience builder for those looking to pursue ceramics in a variety of fields. 8-10 hours/week. Applications can include portfolio images but is not required.


  • Maintain cleanliness and organization of the shop
  • Perform other duties as assigned including loading/unloading of kilns, processing/pugging clay, mixing glazes, bagging and organizing dry materials, etc.
  • Assisting with, and prepping the gallery for various exhibitions throughout the year (may include painting, light-setting, staging of work, etc.)
  • Regular, dependable attendance and punctuality

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Knowledge and basic experience of pottery and ceramics encouraged but not necessarily required
  • Willingness to learn a variety of studio processes.


  • Use of studio and access to kilns, discounted materials ranging from clays, to tools, glazes, etc.

Kentucky Mudworks website:

Kentucky Mudworks

Kentucky Mudworks (Lexington location)

For more information, contact Brian Harper, Associate Professor of Fine Art and Head of the Ceramics Program at IU Southeast,