Grants for Apprenticeship Program

The application period for the 2020 Grants for Apprenticeships application has been moved from May 1 - June 1 to October 1 - November 1, due to the pandemic. 


Applications for the 2020 Grants will open on October 1st. Applications will be accepted via slideroom. Preview the 2020 application here: https://studiopotter.slideroom.com/#/permalink/program/57642

The application period for the second year of grants will open October 1 and close November 1, 2020. In this year of momentous events, Studio Potter strongly reaffirms its commitment to equality, diversity, and inclusiveness. The Grants for Apprenticeships Program is committed to supporting the development of BIPOC artists and increasing their presence in studio pottery. 

Questions about the application process? Contact apprenticeships@studiopotter.org 

Reviews of draft applications are available to those interested.  Submit in Slideroom by October 10 to receive feedback by Oct 20th, with a chance to revise your application before the Nov 1st deadline.


Watch the DISCUSSION with our 2019 GAP recipients.

Grant Program Mission

Established in 2019 and funded by an anonymous donor, Studio Potter’s Grants for Apprenticeships Program supports emerging artists who want to become full-time studio potters and mentor-potters who wish to take on apprentices. This grant program honors the mission of Studio Potter and the legacy of its founder, Gerry Williams, by fostering individual careers in studio pottery, contributing to the life and future of ceramics, ensuring the continuity of a centuries-old tradition in non-academic education.

Studio Apprenticeship Defined

Studio-based apprenticeship is a form of person-to-person training that places work above theory and emphasizes intimacy and immersion. In the West, people commonly associate the history of apprenticeship with craft and trade practices in Europe during the Middle Ages, but traditions of lineage-learning have endured for centuries around the world. Apprenticeship continues today as a means of passing down knowledge from generation to generation and as a way for aspiring artisans to build professional communities and prepare for careers as studio artists.

Why Apprenticeships?

Pedagogy in craft disciplines has changed dramatically in the last century because of technological advances and the rise of a modern education industry. In this context, apprenticeship offers an alternative to academic educational structures through one-on-one relationships in an established studio. Apprentices learn by participating in the daily lives of their mentor, learning their skills, and being exposed to their values. Apprenticeships contribute to the preservation of cultural heritage and the professional advancement of studio potters.

Application Basics

The Grants for Apprenticeships Program offers annual grants of up to $10,000 to support apprenticeships in studio pottery. Arrangements for the apprenticeship should be in place at the time of application and apprentices and their mentor-potters apply jointly in one application. Both parties must be legal residents of the United States, and eighteen years or older. Apprentices cannot be enrolled in any institution of higher learning during their proposed apprenticeship period. The apprenticeship must occur in the United States. The application period opens May 1 and closes June 1 of every year, with notification of award by July 1 for apprenticeships beginning within the calendar year. ** The 2020 deadlines have been moved due to the pandemic. The 2020 application period will open October 1 and close November 1, 2020. 

Studio Potter celebrates equality, diversity, and inclusiveness. Applicants from all races, genders, identities, ethnicities, and religions are encouraged to apply.

View the 2020 application & required documents in Slideroom herehttps://studiopotter.slideroom.com/#/permalink/program/57642

For more information about application requirements email apprenticeships@studiopotter.org

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

  • The Grants for Apprenticeships program offers one grant of up to $10,000 per application
  • Applications are submitted by the mentor/apprentice team jointly
  • Grant monies can be used to help meet the legitimate needs of the mentor and/or apprentice in carrying out the apprenticeship. Expenses such as moving costs, wages, housing, and capital improvements are eligible for funding.
  • You must have a mentor or apprentice as a partner at the time of application.  
  • Studio Potter cannot currently assist in locating a potential mentor or apprentice. Please check www.apprenticelines.org for a list of potters who regularly host apprentices
  • Studio Potter cares deeply about people and apprenticeship, applications that consider the liabilities, responsibilities, necessities, and possibilities of apprenticeship will be favored

More Background

The Grants for Apprenticeships Program is inspired, in part, by the dedication of Studio Potter’s founder, Gerry Williams, to supporting mentorship and hands-on learning throughout his life. Indeed, the very first issue of Studio Potter, published in 1972, featured content related to apprenticeships and included ads for apprentices and apprenticeships. In the nearly five decades of issues since then, Studio Potter has published numerous articles on apprenticeship, and, in 1981, it published the book Apprenticeship in Craft, edited by Williams. This book, a testament to Williams’s passion and advocacy, is available as a free download here.

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