Clay Studio Residency Benefits

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Studio Space and Materials

Resident artists are provided with studio space, 24/7 studio access and up to 300 lbs. of STARworks Ceramics clay, manufactured on-site using local wild clay. Other dry and mixed clay materials and tools can be purchased in the STARworks Ceramics Supply Shop. 


STARworks offers subsidized housing that can be rented by residents for $290/month per person. STARworks housing is shared co-ed, pet free and smoke free.


Resident artist can apply for a stipend of up to $800 per month in exchange for assistance with studio maintenance, and helping with events, workshops and occasional teaching responsibilities. Please be sure to submit the Work Exchange application along with the rest of your application materials if you wish to apply for a stipend. 



STARworks Ceramics Materials and Clay Factory carries over 100 types of materials and tools for potters, and manufactures local clay bodies using raw North Carolina clays.  

STARworks Glass Studio is a non-profit public access glass studio with state-of-the-art glass equipment built by Wet Dog Glass, one of the top glass equipment fabricators in the country.

STARworks Clay Studio is a non-profit clay studio with large workspaces placed side by side, supporting a collaborative and energetic educational environment.

STARworks has has an iron melting cupola, a 30" x 30" coke forge, a 6" open pass-through forge, anvil, mold making, and MIG and TIG welding.    


Seagrove Pottery Area is minutes away and is home to more than 100 potters, producing everything from utilitarian, functional pieces to high-end decorative art.  Along with the usual gas and electric firings, there are over thirty wood kilns in use in the immediate area.  The North Carolina Pottery Center located in the village of Seagrove, has exhibits that illustrate the history and progression of pottery in the state

North Carolina Zoological Park, located just 18 miles from STARworks, is one of the finest open-habitat zoological parks in the world.

Uwharrie Mountains & Lakes provide ample opportunities for recreational fun, including hiking the 25-mile Uwharrie Trail, horseback riding along more than 100 miles of scenic trails, off-roading, river and flat-water paddling, camping, backpacking, hunting, cycling, moutain biking, swimming, gold panning, birding and fishing.