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.


We offer workshops throughout the year.

Artists in Residence @ Medalta

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:

March 14, 2019

Sandra Cowan

Sandra Cowan is a librarian, writer, artist, potter, and pedestrian.  She has worked at the University of Lethbridge Library since 2011, and has been working in clay on the side since 1995. She also does […]
February 27, 2019

Grace Nickel

Grace Nickel is an award-winning artist who has been successful in numerous competitions, including the Mino International Ceramics Competition, Japan and the Taiwan Ceramic Biennale. Her work was selected for the Cheongju International Craft Biennale […]
January 3, 2019

Heather Lepp

Heather Lepp is an emerging ceramic artist from Winnipeg, Manitoba. She graduated from the University of Manitoba’s School of Art with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Honours Degree in 2016. From 2016-2018 she continued her […]
September 10, 2018

Chloe McKim

Chloe McKim is known for her thought provoking ceramic installations. Graduating in 2016 from the Alberta College of Art + Design, Chloe has continued pursuing her passion of studio practice ever since. Studying in Norway […]
September 10, 2018

Rob Froese

Raised in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Rob Froese came to ceramics through a route of travel, work, and art studies.  He has maintained studios and held numerous exhibitions of his work in Canada and Japan since 1998. His […]
September 10, 2018

Melanie Gaudet

Melanie Gaudet is a ceramic artist based out of Calgary, Alberta. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Alberta College of Art + Design in 2018. She has exhibited at the Marion Nicholl […]
September 10, 2018

Mel Doiron

Mel Doiron graduated from NSCAD University in 2018 with a major in Ceramics. Her work has been exhibited in both Canada and the USA, with solo exhibitions taking place at The Anna Leonowens Gallery, The […]
September 10, 2018

Grace Boyd

I am an emerging creator in the field of ceramics, currently based out of Nunavut, Canada. My early life was a nomadic one and I was lucky enough to live in some amazing places surrounded […]
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 […]
November 19, 2012

Jenn Demke-Lange

Jenn Demke-Lange is from Calgary, Alberta. She graduated from the Alberta College of Art & Design in 2007 where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts Honors Degree. Her work is represented through the Alberta […]
November 19, 2012

Aaron Nelson

Graduating from Emily Carr Institute in 1999, Aaron Nelson travelled to Chicago to assist prominent ceramic artist Ruth Duckworth. He established successful studio practices in Chicago, Vancouver, Victoria, and Montana and is now currently residing […]
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