Now Welcoming Applications for Spring 2020
(and last spaces for 2019)
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when they are received versus after the deadline has passed.

This comprehensive, customized residency program offers offers competitive professional opportunities for emerging and mid-career, national and international artists and designers age 20 and over.

Artist-in-Residence and Arquetopia 2019 Residency Scholarship Award Recipient Priscilla Dobler USA)

With a culture that spans more than 30 centuries, in Mexico, ceramics have always been a physical display of status and complex social meaning.

The advanced civilizations and cultures of Mesoamerica developed very sophisticated ceramic art with great diversity in shapes, techniques, scale, and a wide variety of usage from storage and household, to the production of goods, cultural rituals and commemorations, and even as social currency. The invasion of Europeans to the Americas in the 16th century introduced new traditions, techniques, symbolisms, and usages, including Islamic and Sephardic styles, glazes, and forms. As the Spanish empire expanded, the need for reconstruction of cities devasted by the conquest, and the development of new urban centers, resulted in new architecture; the demand for tiles to decorate these buildings, plus the availability of high-quality clay in the area, gave rise to the ceramic industry.

In a complex process of amalgamation, local artist from Mesoamerica learned, dominated, and appropriated many of these techniques and cultural expressions by combining them with their local knowledge. Puebla soon became the capital of ceramics in the Americas, producing pottery and tiles for many regions, and Talavera ceramic was coined as symbol of class differentiation. In the 17th century, other influences arrived with the Manila galleons; for instance, the preferred use of blue and Chinese iconography due to the Ming dynasty ceramics that were imported, and in the 18th century, Italian influences introduced the use of other colors. Talavera, the most famous ceramic of Mexico, testifies to the multiplicity of peoples and diversity of cultures, becoming an important symbol for identity in the Americas.

The Mexican Ceramics Residency is a self-directed production residency that offers the unique opportunity to produce a variety of work on-site at Arquetopia or at our partnered studio at Talavera La Colonial (a prominent, historic ceramics factory in Puebla's majestic historic district) and includes assistance from our experienced and local master ceramist from the community of San Pablo del Monte. The technique and studio facilities work according to the colonial ordinances of Puebla and the Talavera certified methods focusing on handmade processes; no industrial chemicals have been incorporated into the clay or glazes. No instruction is provided.

Artist-in-Residence Annabel Biro (Canada)
Ceramics Firing RoomOn-site ceramics firing room with medium-sized (2ft X 2ft X 2ft interior) gas kiln and upstairs drying room

Flexible sessions of 6 to 12 weeks
. Dates are not predetermined but are nominated by the applicant.

Staff Support:
  • Staff support provided with firings and use of the studio facilities
  • Each resident meets weekly with our directorial and curatorial staff for individualized research assistance/resources, project guidance, and critiques
Accommodation and Meals:
  • Furnished, private bedroom
  • Meals and 24-hour access to stocked kitchen and large dining room
  • Wireless Internet
  • Use of Arquetopia's residency spaces including 4th-floor lounge and outdoor terraces
  • Shared bathrooms with modern fixtures and showers
  • Housekeeping
Studio Workspace:
  • On-site ceramics facility with medium-sized (2ft X 2ft X 2ft interior) gas kiln and drying room
  • 24-hour access to large and bright, shared art studio with generous natural light
  • Personal workspace with large table and wall space
  • Some tools provided
  • Ceramics materials and supplies (clay and standard glazes) provided
  • Access to on-site ceramics studio and gas kiln or to special facilities (such as our partnered ceramics studios) provided, depending on project

E-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for program tuition and application deadlines for this program.

Artist-in-Residence Leah Fraser (Australia)
Artist-in-Residence Christina Erives (USA); Artist-in-Residence Mark Adato (USA) with local artists from the Puebla ceramics community