Whether you are an artist looking for residencies, grants or exhibition opportunities, a teacher looking to share your knowledge and experience, a student looking to deepen your connection to the Center or fill an internship requirement—Northern Clay Center has many opportunities available for clay lovers.  Check out the links below to view more information about the myriad jobs, internships, grants, and more available to qualified individuals.  

Thank you in advance for your interest in Northern Clay Center. We look forward to meeting you and to building a relationship with you while working together to advance the ceramic arts!

Job Openings

Northern Clay Center is an equal opportunity employer.

Teach at NCC

Northern Clay Center is seeking 3 – 5 experienced instructors to teach with our Community Outreach Program.

This role primarily involves teaching handbuilding off-site at locations such as elementary, middle, and high schools; libraries; and community organizations with populations from underserved communities. Teaching artists are responsible for planning lessons, communicating with host sites, collecting and transporting materials from NCC, and planning their own transportation.

This is an independently-contracted, part-time position—averaging 15 hours a month. Starting wage is $25/hour for teaching contact time, and $14/hour for prep time. Applicants should have at least two years of experience teaching ceramics—both handbuilding and wheel-throwing techniques—and must have worked with youth in a teaching role. Experience working with diverse populations is preferred.


NCC offers a range of internships for you to deepen your experience in ceramics and arts administration and to help fulfill degree requirements.

American Pottery Festival Internship

This position requires a time commitment of 10 – 20 hours weekly, with increased hours during the event week. An internship with Northern Clay Center provides students or recent graduates with valuable experience in arts administration, exhibition installation, and retail business practices. This position will help you develop strong connections with the local arts community and professional artists in the field. It will also provide an opportunity to learn about the best practices and behind-the-scene details of gallery operation and special events. 

Galleries Internship

The Galleries Intern will work closely with the sales gallery and exhibition gallery staff to provide inventory and installation support. The Intern will gain broad experience in the behind-the-scenes business and gallery operations of a large community art center, including online sales support, inventory management, display, exhibition installation work, and help with special events. The Galleries Internship will proceed in fall 2022 with safety protocols following the recommended state public health guidelines.

Grants & Fellowships

NCC proudly facilitates grant programs for current students, recent graduates, and emerging and mid-career artists.

Each year we want to increase our reach into the depth of talent in the region, the nation, and the globe. We have updated our application process to be more inclusive of a variety of backgrounds.

Exhibition Proposals

Northern Clay Center continually solicits guest curators and exhibition proposals for the Emily Galusha Gallery. These exhibitions require artwork made either partially or completely of ceramic materials. The gallery space measures 31’ x 19’ with a wall height of 11’. There are two windows on the south wall of the space. The maximum size for an object is 9.5’ x 5.5’.

Proposals can be for solo or group exhibitions. Proposals incorporating original or unique pieces made specifically for exhibition at NCC or in response to the space are most likely to be considered.

Sales Gallery Representation

Adult Education Scholarships

Applications for spring term scholarships open
Tuesday, February 1

NCC is committed to maintaining accountability and pursuing action to build meaningful diversity, impactful equity, and genuine inclusivity in the ceramic community. We recognize that there are significant and systemic racial and economic impacts that impede participation in the arts, and resulting financial barriers contribute to further divide. To address and help bridge financial barriers to ceramic education, NCC is implementing scholarship options for our education programming.

We offer two scholarship options:

  • a half-tuition scholarship open to artists and learners with financial need
  • a full-tuition scholarship open to artists and learners who identify as Black, Indigenous, or a Person of Color