Published on Monday, November 25, 2019. This article appears in the December/January 2020 issue of American Craft Magazine.

Sarah Archer

What if you have an idea for an artwork inspired by Wedgwood ceramics, but you want to make it with paper pulp? Or if you know how to sculpt in clay, but want to make a fishbowl in glass? What if you dream of crafting pillows in porcelain? Artist residencies often attract medium-specific makers who want to spend time doing exactly what they do best, perhaps teaching workshops or giving demonstrations. But what about artists who want to explore something they’re not an expert in? Where the smorgasbord of formal, multidisciplinary art education ends, specialized residency programs begin, offering artists a chance to learn new disciplines and expand their skill sets….

Giselle Hicks residency at the Kohler Arts Center. Kohler Co., courtesy of the John Michael Kohler Arts Center.