Each studio area at the Appalachian Center for Craft features one artist-in-residence who works closely with our BFA students, acts as studio technician, teaches weekend and summer workshops, and often teaches courses in the BFA curriculum. This position lasts from one to three years, and because of the housing, studio, and other compensation and benefits provided, our residencies are highly competitive, and the applicants are among the finest emerging artists in clay, glass, metals, fibers, and wood. In the clay program, our resident teaches a course in the BFA curriculum each semester, and thus must have completed the MFA degree. For more information and to find out who the current residents are in glass, fibers, metals, and wood, go to the Artist-in-Residence page at the Craft Center website.
Below is information about our current clay resident, Lydia Johnson, and images of her work. Below that you can find a list of our past clay artists-in-residence and some images of their work.
Current Artist in Residence in Clay
Lydia Johnson received her MFA in May of 2016 from Alfred University, where she worked closely with Linda Sikora and Andrea Gill. Lydia is a functional potter with a unique approach to vibrant surface design. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in studio art from Messiah College in 2011, and did post-baccalaureate study at University of Hartford. She was an Artist-in-Residence at the Morean Center for Clay in St. Petersburg, Florida from 2013-2014, and has served as studio assistant in numerous workshops. The cups directly below are Lydia’s current work, which involves very delicate micro-thin slab construction with intricate laminated colored clay and slip imagery. Following those pieces is a selection of work from Lydia’s MFA thesis exhibition at Alfred in May, 2016. Click on any thumbnail to see a larger image.
Past Artists-in-Residence in Clay – Click on any highlighted name to access additional information.
- 1994-96 – Bill Thompson
- 1996-99 – Steven Robison and Kathleen Guss
- 1999-2002 – Jason Briggs and Meagan Kieffer
- 2002-03 – Debby Kupinsky
- 2003-06 – Wesley Smith
- 2006-07 – Juliane Shibata
- 2007-10 – Melody Tiemann
- 2010-11 – David Eichelberger and Elisa DiFeo
- 2011-15 – Bryce Brisco
- 2015-16 – Shasta Krueger