Artist Residencies

Residency information and Application details.

Artist Facilities

Shaw International Centre for Contemporary Ceramics.

Artist Lodge

Safe and affordable on-site housing for our artists.

Artists in Residence @ Medalta

*Please note that the Restrictions Exemption Program is in effect at Medalta in the Historic Clay District. Proof of vaccination, medical exemption, or negative Covid-19 test within 72 hours is required to enter the Shaw Centre for Contemporary Ceramics. Click here for full requirement information.

Set against the dramatic cliffs of the South Saskatchewan River in Medicine Hat, Alberta, the 150 acre Historic Clay District was once home to some of Canada’s most important clay factories. Today, this history is being preserved with the unique Medalta Potteries site providing the setting for a living, working museum, vibrant education centre, a Reception Gallery, and a 12,000 square foot contemporary ceramics studio.

Operating out of the Shaw International Centre for Contemporary Ceramics, the Medalta International Artists in Residence Program is designed to serve artists at all stages of their careers. Students, emerging, and established artists are able to work together in our open, spacious, semi-private studios.

Meet our current Artists in Residence

Artists come from all over the world and bring different experiences, techniques and ideas to our unique studios here in the Historic Clay District. Our studios are full of vibrant energy with resident ceramic artists, community education classes, workshops, and kids’ classes all combined to make this a vital working museum, education centre, and studio complex. We would love to introduce you to our current artists in residence:

October 19, 2021

Peter Masters

-raised & most formal education in Canada. -upon graduation (UAC), took a production pottery apprenticeship at Ceramic Arts, Calgary -after MFA at UPS Tacoma, emigrated to NZ -established ceramics program at Wanganui Community College (1981-83) […]
October 14, 2021

Alexander Crosby

My name is Al, and I am a multidisciplinary designer and artist operating at the intersection of craft, archi­tecture, landscape, and computation. I am originally from Des Moines, Iowa, but was raised in the moun­tains […]
October 14, 2021

Leandra Brandson

I am an interdisciplinary queer artist living on Treaty 1 Territory in Winnipeg, Manitoba. I discovered ceramics in 2018 and have been working with clay in some form ever since. I am heavily inspired by […]
September 7, 2021

Gracia Isabel Gomez Cantoya

Originally from Mexico City, Toronto-based artist Gracia Isabel, is an honours Sheridan College’s Crafts and Design Ceramics graduate. She explores themes related to colonialism and migration through functional and sculptural pieces. A few of her […]
September 3, 2021

Marita Manson

Marita Manson is an emerging artist in the field of ceramics. She is fascinated by the products of the human experience, and creates work focused on the anthropocene out of her studio in Rock Bay. […]
September 3, 2021

Daniel Labutes

Daniel Labutes is a former professional chef turned studio potter living in Calgary, Alberta. He graduated from the Alberta University of the Arts with a BFA in Ceramics with Distinction. His work is primarily functional […]
September 3, 2021

Christopher Savage

Christopher Savage completed his Diploma in Visual Art at Camosun College in 2012 and his BFA at the University of Victoria in 2014. In 2018, he completed his MFA at the University of Calgary. Savage […]
September 3, 2021

Mao (Kun) Chen

Mao (Kun) Chen’s works explore themes of socio-cultural identity, female representation. Broadly inspired by both Eastern and Western histories of art Mao’s personal vision of identity and gender transcends the traditional constructed notions, complicating stereotypes, […]
September 3, 2021

Brianne Siu

Brianne Siu is a ceramic artist and has been working in ceramics since 2015. After earning her BFA from Emily Carr University of Art & Design, she has dedicated time to teaching at various art […]
September 3, 2021

Matthew O’Reilly

Matthew O’Reilly is an emerging artist who recently completed his MFA in ceramics at the Alberta University for the Arts in Calgary, AB, Canada. He also holds a Honors Bachelor of Fine Arts, a Bachelor […]
August 25, 2019

Amy Duval

Born and raised in North Vancouver, British Columbia, Amy Duval received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Kwantlen Polytechnic University in 2017 where she focused on ceramic sculpture and installation based work. Merging slip casted, […]
September 20, 2013

Noriko Masuda

Born in Japan, Noriko has spent most of her life in Canada. After studying studio pottery independently through various workshops and the Australian National University, she left her career in the dental industry to study […]
November 19, 2012

Les Manning

A ceramic artist for more than fifty years, Les’ very personal forms focus on the interpretation of two of  the dominant landscapes in Alberta; the prairies and the Rockies.  His wheel thrown and altered forms […]
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