Arbutus is Accepting Applications for the 2019 – 2020 Ceramics Artist in Residence Position

The Arbutus Artist in Residency (AIR) program is an unpaid volunteer exchange that offers a professional development avenue to emerging artists while providing routine maintenance for the Arbutus studios. A residency at the Arbutus Folk School is an opportunity to grow as a ceramic artist, to engage in our thriving community, and to provide a platform to launch your career.  

 Applicants are chosen for their ability and willingness to contribute to the growing community within the studio, the quality of their work and a perceived potential for growth. What we would like to see is a diversity of applicants who are producing quality work, are engaged in the learning community around their craft, and are passionate about craft education. We also encourage artists who pursue using their craft to advance social engagement in issues important to the community. 

Interested parties should please read the complete AiR-AFS Commitment below. Artists must submit the following items. Please make sure your name is at the top of each document (excluding photos):

  • 10 digital images of past work. Send images as separate attachments, not embedded within documents.
  • C.V.
  • Bio and bio photo for website
  • Letter of interest which includes ceramic experience, studio experience, teaching, and please specify any experience with community engagement or work with underserved populations.
  • Names and contact information of three professional references.

Deadline for applications is August 20th, 2019.

Send application or questions to:

Or mail to:
120 State Ave NE #298
Olympia, WA 98501
Office: (360) 350-0187

Artist in Residence

The Arbutus Folk School believes in the importance of creating pathways for young crafts people. To this end we operate an Artist in Residence program in as many of our core program areas as we can.

Ceramics Artist in Residence

Andritta Berstein

Andritta Bernstein grew up in Seattle and Tacoma WA. During her formative years drawing painting, photography and ceramics were vital outlets in exploring the social world around her. She moved to Olympia in 2016 to complete her undergraduate degree at the Evergreen State College. At TESC she studied art theory, 3D art in ceramics and metal working as well as experimental photography. During this time she was a studio aide for the Evergreen ceramic studio and gained an affinity for helping her peers in achieving their learning goals while maintaining a communal studio space. She Graduated from Evergreen in the fall of 2018 and spent a few months in Seattle enjoying a work-study exchange at Rat City Studios in White Center where she learned new techniques from artist Deborah Schwartzkopf. Currently the Ceramic AIR at Arbutus Folk School she is churning out a variety of functional pottery from mugs to small vases and large serving bowls, while working towards starting her own home business in ceramics. She finds deep purpose in working her inquiries out through the manipulations of materials and strives to share that experience with local community through teaching.

View more of Andritta’s work at

Woodworking Artist in Residence

Francis Fong

Francis Fong started woodworking in the winter of 2015 at The Evergreen State College. After an introductory class he transitioned to studying craft full-time and also started working at Evergreen’s wood shop as an instructional aide. Since then, he has made a range of things including chopsticks, side tables, chairs, lamps, and a large media console. He is equally interested in teaching, thinking, and making, and hopes to pursue craft education in the following years.

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