Waller Artist Residency Program (WARP)


Clayroom recognizes the disparity of Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) in the ceramic art community and strives to work toward better inclusion. We introduce the Waller Artist Residency Program, a Ceramics Art Residency to specifically support underrepresented artists of color. The program is named after Kevin Waller, the co-founder and co-owner of Clayroom (work pictured above).


WARP is a spring, summer and fall residency program that serves visiting artists every three months and supports creative development for the underrepresented minorities in the community. WARP operates as a means of fostering marginalized contemporary artists in a creative space founded and maintained by working artists. Artists-in-residence are encouraged to experiment with their practice in a creative and progressive setting in the heart of San Francisco. WARP is developed to serve and support artists of color.


WARP is offered to artists who identify as BIPOC. Clayroom provides $250 worth of clay and materials, access to resources at both our Potrero and SoMa studios, and opportunities to receive mentorship and instructor training. Artists-in-residence will assist in our member “Power Hours” and studio functions 6 hours per week. At the end of residency, Clayroom will host an exhibition to showcase work completed by the artist-in-residence where they will provide an artist talk.

The application deadline is January 30th at 11:59pm PST prior to the year of residency. The WARP selection committee will contact all applicants with their application status at a yet to be determined date. Selections are based solely on the work submitted and artist intention.
Clayroom’s art studios include equipment that is available for artist-in-residence use during business hours. The studios include kilns, pottery wheels, 35+ glazes, spray booth, slab rollers, drying shelves, projectors, full woodshop, etc. Artists-in-residence provide all other tools and materials. WARP does not provide housing.

2022 Residency Sessions

February 28 – June 5, 2022 (3 months) |

June 12 – Sept 4, 2022 (3 months)

September 12 – December 12, 2022 (3 months)

Application due date for 2022 residency sessions: January 30th, 2022, 11:59pm PST.

The residency program is free of charge including a 3 month membership ($525)  and select classes ($340). Artists-in-residence are provided $250 worth of clay and are welcome to purchase additional clay from the studio at $25 a bag after usage of allotted materials.
Ceramics as the primary medium with a woodshop for use at the SoMa studio.

All applications must be in PDF format and submitted below by January 30th, 2022, 11:59pm PST. Applications must include the following:

  1. Letter of Interest -  In 500 words or less, express how residency participation will affect your practice as well as your interest in being part of Clayroom’s community. 

  2. References - Names and contact information of two professional references. We will only contact references of candidates at the final stage of selection.

  3. Portfolio - Documentation of 5-10 of your most recent work that best represents you as an artist.

Please email warp@clayroomsf.com for any questions.
Waller Artist Residency Program Application
Application Upload (YourNameWARP.pdf)

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