elise pincu on mon 8 nov 99
In reply to Creative Oasis's inquery about setting up
a Resident Artist facility:
Residency programs for students looking to improve
their portfolios typically give the artist a studio,
materials and firings in exchange for keeping the
studio clean. The resident oversees the maintenace of
kilns and wheels to his/her ability and tidies the
studio or oversees others' cleaning duties. This
gives the resident knowledge of fixing equiptment and
of running a tidy studio.
It is also beneficial to give resident artisits
opportunities to teach classes. Teaching builds upon
their knowledge and allows them to bring in money for
their living costs.
I was a techinical assistant at a university for a
year which was geared toward portfolio building
graduates with a BFA. My duties were as I described
above; however, there were no opportunities for me to
teach. This left a great hole in my pocket. Having
moved to this new place after spending oodles of money
in undergrad, and then not getting paid, was
difficult. Job opportunities exist outside the
studio, but these take away from the sole purpose
of being in the studio - to make art!
Currently I am in a Residency which again supplies my
studio, materials and firing but no stipend. There
are community opportunities to teach but these are
very difficult to get. Luckily, I have no duties to
perform for the studio which leaves me plenty of time
to sell at craft shows to make a living. (I also
anticipated doing craft shows beforehand, which
typically have application deadlines months before
If your studio is financially able, allowing for a
stipend or teaching opprotunities is the best way to
recruit artists, too! Remember, most students who
graduate from college are in debt!
My two cents!
Elise Willa Pincu
Funktional Ceramic Art
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