Chili Bowl Workspace Residency


The Chili Bowl Workspace Residency is a four- to six-week opportunity for ceramicists who want to participate in WSW’s biggest community event of the year while also creating their own work in our supportive and immersive environment. We invite applications from artists in any stage of their careers and aim to provide artists with the time and space to live and work creatively.

Each February, WSW sells over 900 bowls, mugs, and tumblers at our Chili Bowl Fiesta. Attendees can fill their new wares with chili donated by over 20 area restaurants. The vessels are made and decorated throughout the year by visiting artists, staff, interns, local potters, and our weekly clay study group. Funds raised at the Fiesta support WSW’s ceramics department.

While the workspace residencies are highly subsidized (the actual cost is $5,000/month), awardees pay $100/week and make 50 glazed or 100 bisqued bowls in exchange for on-campus housing and 24/7 studio access. Additionally, artists receive a thorough studio orientation. Artists are expected to work independently, although studio staff is always available to provide assistance. Deep technical assistance can be arranged for an additional fee. Artists are required to provide the expendable materials for their own project and can use studio materials for the Chili Bowl vessels. WSW maintains an extensive inventory of supplies and materials that artists may purchase while in residence.


The residency in a nutshell:

Fall/winter applications due: April 1, midnight EST
Notification date: via email by June 1
Length of residency: 4-6 weeks
Residency occurs: the year of application, September through January

Spring/summer applications due: October 15, midnight EST
Notification date: via email by December 1
Length of residency: 4-6 weeks
Residency occurs: the year following application, March through July


Application must include:

  • A current resume
  • A one-paragraph project description, including your level of experience (no more than 200 words)
  • Up to ten images of recent work (digital specifications here)
  • An image script, which should include the title, medium, dimension, and date of each image


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