Resident Artist Opportunity at IU Southeast Ceramics

The IU Southeast Ceramics Program provides a a yearlong Resident Artist position at the rank of Adjunct Faculty for an outstanding artist/educator. We look for someone who can be an active presence in the Ceramics studio and work alongside the other faculty and students in our program.

The position requires an active exhibition record and competence in a wide range of ceramic processes/techniques. The person hired teaches one beginning ceramics course each semester and works in the studio as needed to help with the basic operations of the IU Southeast Ceramics area. Teaching additional 3D design courses each semester is often an option, depending on course availability and qualifications.

Clay, glazes, and firing is provided within reason. A 90 sq. ft. studio in the ceramics area with a locking door is provided along with 24/7 building access. Additionally, an NCECA conference pass is provided.

Resident Artist studio at IUS Ceramics

Sydney Ewerth working in the Resident Artist studio

Studio Facilities:

– 3280 square feet of studio, clay and glaze mixing, and indoor firing space
– A ventilated main studio with 10 electric wheels with workspace for hand building, extruding, slab rolling, etc.
– Brent slab roller
– Brent extruder
– Amaco ball mill
– Ventilated clay mixing room with 3 clay mixers (Soldner Professional, Bluebird, Walker pug mill)
– Indoor ventilated kiln room with 2 gas reduction kilns (Bailey Car Kiln and a smaller gas kiln), 4 computer controlled electric kilns (Skutt and L&L)
– 45′ x 20′ covered outdoor kiln area with wood kiln, saggar kiln, raku kiln, and a cross-draft gas soda kiln
– Ventilated glaze room with spray booth and stainless steel countertops
– Material inventory of over 100 clay and glaze materials
– Mixed media and plaster work area with outdoor access, plaster mold dryer, and compressed air
– 21 ton log splitter
– Covered storage space for over 5 cords of wood for the wood kiln
– Sandblaster
– Panel saw
– CNC router
– Lincoln arc welder
– Drill Press
– An assortment of hand and power tools
– Private studios for 4 BFA students and 2 Post-Baccalaureate students
– The SpaceLab, an exhibition and installation space located in the Ceramics area. More about the SpaceLab at


MFA degree required. An active current professional practice and exhibition record is also required.

The ideal candidate will have a strong foundation in ceramic methods of construction, varied conceptual approaches available to the ceramic artist, and be available to help manage the IUS ceramics studio. Preference will be given to candidates who are also versed in interdisciplinary approaches and have a broad understanding of new approaches to art making.

Our current resident will be staying for a second year. Therefore, we will not be accepting applications again until March 2023. Please email Brian Harper at if you have any questions.

Applications must be compiled into one PDF and include:

– letter of application
– artist statement
– teaching philosophy
– CV
– 20 images of professional work and 10 images of student work with an annotated image list
– contact information for three references

* If your application includes time-based media, please link to it from your PDF

Email applications to:

Brian Harper, Associate Professor of Fine Art and Ceramics Area Head


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Students filled with joy after mixing their first batch of clay

Students filled with joy after mixing their first batch of clay

Sam Chumley and Abby Peacock loading the wood kiln

Sam Chumley and Abby Peacock loading the wood kiln

The Louisville area has a vibrant art and cultural environment and the IU Southeast campus is only 15 minutes from downtown Louisville.

Some of the galleries/museums:

21C –
Swanson Reed Contemporary –
Green Building –
Carnegie Center for Art and History –
Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft –
The Speed Art Museum –
Louisville Visual Art Association –
Kentucky Performing Arts Center –
Cressman Center –
849 Gallery –
AA Clay Studio and Gallery –
Mantle Gallery –

Louisville is also home to Kentucky Mudworks, a major clay supplier with a storefront for tools and materials, resident artist program, commercial clay making, and gallery. Find out more about Kentucky Mudworks here:

AND … Lonely Planet says that Louisville is the #1 travel destination in America!


IU Southeast is one of eight regional campuses in the Indiana University system and is located in New Albany, Indiana, just 15 minutes from downtown Louisville, Kentucky. Louisville has a vibrant arts and cultural scene and many of the students work and/or live in the Louisville Metro area. It’s a really cool place – lots of great eateries, galleries, music venues, performing art theaters, and many other attractions.

New Albany is a smaller, historic town right on the bank of the Ohio River. Located just minutes from Louisville, New Albany offers a smaller town “feel”, with the advantages of a large metropolitan center just across the river.

Campus - pond

Campus looking toward the University Center

Campus - Knobview Hall

Knobview Hall, where the Fine Art Program is located

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