Our ARTISANSHIP programs are full immersion ‘Flagship’ offerings—with 3-Month or 9-Month Residency choices—adaptable to individual time, skill sets and aspirations. Our programs will serve those with limited as well as varied experience in a range of media, design and fabrication applications. This will provide unique opportunities to creatively explore traditional ceramic, wood and metal artisan-crafts blended with contemporary processes and digital technology. The opportunity to leverage our extensive tool and process capacity, in the regional beauty of coastal Maine, has potent potential.
Our programmatic focus is the design and artisan fabrication of usefully beautiful objects for daily use. Our point is to provide opportunities to practice making the ordinary objects of everyday life—which we more typically purchase because they are expendable and cheap. This distinction is important because through our repeated and practiced daily actions “we become what we do”.
Over several decades, Maine Kiln Works has had numerous Resident Apprentices, all of whom enjoyed “not as expected” but productively challenging experiences. Unfortunately tenure was limited due to lack of funding or visa limitations. Sharing skills with these enthusiastic artisans has created the best memories of times past at the Kiln Works. We place high priority on establishing Partnerships which will expand our capacity to develop infrastructure to empower Artisan Residency programs.