In the spirit of a community barn raising, this residency will bring together emerging and established ceramic artists to create new work and explore kiln construction, culminating in the building and firing of Banff Centre’s first wood fire Train Kiln.
The use of wood to “fire” clay is a continuity of technology and tradition from ancient history into contemporary practice. The characteristic earthen tones, ash deposits, burnt sienna flashings, natural glaze surfaces, and spontaneous effects, are sought after in atmospheric firing processes. The Train Kiln, named after its elongated rectangular shape reminiscent of a rail car, epitomizes these effects. Soda firing techniques, surfaces, textures, and processes will also be explored.
What does the program offer?
Participating artist will delve into wood kiln history, theory, principles of design, construction and firing process with the goal of understanding and maximizing the nuances of wood firing and its relationship to form and surface. Discussions and workshops addressing clay-body formulation, wheel and hand building processes, loading and firing strategies for atmospheric kilns, are also part of this residency. As well, artists will have time to explore independent projects and push their work in new creative directions through studio visits with faculty mentors and feedback from peers.
Who should apply?
This residency is for emerging and experienced ceramic-based artists with an exhibition record and formal training in visual arts, or equivalent experience and recognition from their peers.
View our program trailer here.
When applying, choose between staying in a single or a shared bedroom on the Banff Centre campus for the duration of your program.
Get connected with other artists on campus and focus on your projects in a creative environment while we take care of the day-to-day essentials.
Using a credit-based system to dine on campus, our flexible meal plans allow you to select meals according to your own needs during your stay.
The Light Flex meal plan includes $21 credit per day, equivalent to breakfast and lunch in Vistas Dining Room.
This program offers opportunities to showcase your work-in-progress in an open studios event in Glyde Hall.
A series of outstanding guest artists and curators will give free public talks and hold informal discussions.
Enjoy special artist rates for ticketed performances or complimentary access to events.
Fees & Financial Assistance
Application fee: $60 for each individual or group application. Group members must pay an additional registration fee of $35 on acceptance.
*Financial Aid up to approximately 50% of the program fee is available. If you would like to be considered, please complete the Financial Aid section when uploading your supporting materials.
How to Apply
Collaborative Groups: a group leader must complete a single application and upload supporting materials on behalf of the whole group. Portfolio materials should be provided for the collective, individual resumes and bios should be provided for each member.
Detailed project proposal
In 500 words, describe in detail the project you will work on in relation to the residency theme, your weekly execution plan, details of the mediums and materials you propose to use and your level of knowledge in the processes required, and outline any specific technical or support requirements.
Participants are selected by impartial adjudicators on the basis of their submitted material. In addition to artistic merit, consideration will be given to the likelihood that the artist's work will benefit from the program.
Applicants will be notified of their status as soon as adjudication is complete, approximately 8-10 weeks following the application deadline.
All programs, faculty, dates, fees, and offers of financial assistance are subject to change. Program fee is subject to applicable taxes. Non-refundable fees and deposits will be retained upon cancellation. Any other fees are refunded at the discretion of the Banff Centre.