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

Calling All Teaching Artists!

We are looking for so many new faces to join our teaching roster in 2023! We have positions available in two of our programs—ClayToGo and Summer Clay Camps. Teach…

Northern Clay Center is an equal opportunity employer.

Teach at NCC

Northern Clay Center is seeking 3+ teaching artists to teach with our ClayToGo program.

This role primarily involves teaching off-site at such locations 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, plus additional prep time and drive time. The ideal 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. Enthusiasm and passion are must-have qualities!


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…

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.

Application Deadline: May 12, 2023, 5 pm

Northern Clay Center will conduct its biennial review of Sales Gallery artists in May 2023. There is no fee to apply. Applicants will be notified by May 26, 2023. 

Each review year, the goal is to offer representation to artists representing a diverse approach to technique and visual language, many pathways and careers in clay, and a range of experience. It is a priority to create equitable representation of artists from diverse identities including ethnicity, race, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, social class, and physical abilities, and many others.

Artists who are selected for the Sales Gallery may be offered representation year-round, during the Winter Exhibition, for a Featured Artist show, or for other opportunities. A panel of NCC staff and three non-staff individuals who are knowledgeable about ceramics, art, design, and retail, will review the work.

This year’s panel members are Mary K Baumann, Heather Nameth Bren, and Kemi Schleicher.

Baumann is a former member of NCC’s board of directors and a partner in the Minneapolis strategic design firm Hopkins/Baumann, specializing in publication design. Bren is a ceramic artist, professor, curator, and writer and currently serves on NCC’s board. Schleicher is a ceramic artist and educator and a co-founder of Amò Collective, a Minneapolis-based potters collective.

Adult Education Scholarships

Applications for summer term scholarships open
Tuesday, April 26

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