apprenticeship opportunity with Rusty Wheel Pottery

The Particulars:

In exchange for 18 hours a week of work around the studio you will receive 24 hour studio access to a 1500 sq. foot, lake front studio space, assistance with materials, access to kilns, critique and guidance on work/professionalism.  Work would include general studio upkeep, building projects, loading kilns, community projects, teaching opportunities, packing and shipping work, photographing work, website upkeep and general PR, assistance in my own studio practice, gallery retail assistance, customer service, scheduling and appointment maintenance, and programming development .  Housing is not included, though I do have connections to reasonably priced housing in the area. There are restaurants, coffee shops, etc. here in town for possible employment opportunities and Syracuse is only 20-30 minutes away containing many more options for both housing and employment. The studio will have a retail crafts gallery and foot traffic in town is steady, and selling work is available and encouraged if those options are fitting.

In March of 2022, Rusty Wheel Pottery will be making a move from its current location in Tully NY to Skaneateles NY, 20 miles to the west of Syracuse, occupying the space that Imagine Handmade, a family owned Handcraft gallery of 30 years currently lives, and will become Papavero Clay Studio, opening in April. I currently have 2 wheels, with plans to expand that, and plenty of hand building space.  Extruders, Slab Roller, Pugmill, Large and small electric kilns are all located in the studio. Semi-private studio space will be provided for the apprentice, will full studio access available at all times. I consistently have a number of Ideas and plans for the year, this particular year will be jam packed, and am looking for someone out there who is interested in helping these plans grow to completion and beyond.

Ideally, the right candidate will have a BFA or MFA in ceramics or studio art, and a solid command of clay, clays properties, and processes. Teaching experience and interest is a strong plus, as running classes in the studio will be necessary, and good hand skills should be evident in your work as I will be looking for assistance in the studio with my own work. I ask for a letter of intent, resume, two letters of recommendation, and a portfolio of your current work. All of these things can be emailed to me at [email protected] or mailed to Jeremy Randall C/O Rusty Wheel Apprenticeship, PO Box 698, Tully NY 13159. This will be a revolving application process and the position is currently open until filled.  Because you will be working closely with me, as well as with my family, I am taking this application process very seriously to achieve a great fit in all of these areas.

Full details can be found HERE.

call for entry: Material Mugs VI: UNDERGLAZE

Open to Coffee Mugs, Cups, Goblets, Tumblers and other drinking vessels which use UNDERGLAZE. 

2021 Juror: Michelle Ettrick

“I was a non-English speaking 13-year old when I arrived in the United States in 1982. Life in Brooklyn, New York was a stark contrast to my early memories of Panama and the simple joys of climbing trees and playing with my friends while my mom was nearby hanging clothes on the line. As an Afro-Latina, I struggled to find a community that would accept me and where I felt I belonged.  My own identity was regularly challenged by others who judged me by the texture of my hair or the fact that I spoke Spanish fluently and struggled to communicate in English. When judged by adults and my peers, my hair was “too good” to be considered black and the color of my skin was too dark to be speaking Spanish. In addition to the hardships, I have many fond memories of my time in New York.  Brooklyn is where I learned about double dutch and cooling off from the New York summer heat in the open fire hydrants.

I love being a maker and clay is my medium of choice. Clay is a very personal material to me. When I put my hands in the clay and my fingers get lost in the mixture, for the moment, we become one. I stretch pull, pinch and form shapes where I leave evidence of my having been there. I follow up by drawing on my work where I embrace my natural curly hair, heritage, womanhood and at times current worldly struggles.  My artwork is a record of my experiences as an Afro-Latina American.”

-Michelle Ettrick

Material Mugs is our annual material based cups show and this year we will again be featuring underglazes! Our hope is to exhibit cups which express the full range of surface possibilities- underglazes that are trailed, painted, sprayed, transferred, washed, globbed on, inlayed etc. 

Now in its sixth year, Material Mugs is one of the most anticipated juried ceramics exhibitions by makers and collectors alike. This will be the 3rd juried exhibition at our new location. 

The exhibition is open to cups using every type of clay, temperature, and atmosphere, just as long as underglazes are used in the process.

Companion Gallery will be printing custom t-shirts designed by Michelle Ettrick and the entire exhibition will be available for sale online.

The exhibition opening will be held at our new location on Friday September 10th 

Companion Gallery 3600 East Mitchell Street, Humboldt, TN, as well as ONLINE at

Participating artists will each receive a complimentary t-shirt designed by 2021 juror Michelle Ettrick.

Call for Submissions Cup: The Intimate Object XVII

Submission deadline: July 2, midnight Eastern
We are accepting submissions for Cup: The Intimate Object XVII, which we will host this fall. Each year this international exhibition brings together some of the most exciting handmade cups in contemporary ceramics. We welcome submissions by national and international artists in all stages of their careers, from current students and artists who are just emerging on the scene to those who are well established.
We require submissions to include exactly five outstanding cups that are the same ones you would send for the show if accepted. You can review all submission requirements and details under Gallery Submissions on our website. As usual it is free to submit cups for consideration for this exhibition.
View submission details and important show dates here.
We look forward to seeing your cups!
Artists from Cup: The Intimate Object XVI pictured above (L to R): Avesha DeWolfe, Helle Bovbjerg, GretaMichelle Joachim, Louise Lovelace, Rom Marinkovich, Adriana Christianson, Jana Evans, Allee Etheridge, Annemiek Hamelink, and Maureen Marcotte