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East Creek Residency

East Creek is pleased to offer both funded and un-funded residency options.  All residency options share a common application, below.

The Golden Spot Residency

Thanks to the generous financial support of The Ford Family Foundation, East Creek offers a one-month, fully funded residency with stipend of $1,000. There will be six Golden Spot residencies offered in 2020, and twelve in 2021. Each Golden Spot resident will have use of a private studio space as well as East Creek's shared tools and resources. Requirements apply; see below for more details. Applications are on a rolling basis through 2021.

The Studio

The 4,000 sq. ft. East Creek studio, nestled on 20 acres in the coastal mountains of Oregon, is a fully equipped ceramics studio with wood shop. A 40x40 foot shared studio space is home to 8 wheels, an electric slab roller, tables, a variety of handbuilding and wheel throwing tools, and a full compliment of wood shop tools, including table saw. Private resident studios, 10x0' each, are adjacent to the glaze materials and mixing area, which is fully stocked. 4 electric kilns, a metalworking/welding area, and miscellaneous tools round out the space adjacent to a large, sliding barn door. There are several raku/saggar setups, as well as a pit firing kiln. There is no wood firing in the summer, June thru early October. 


Residents have two options of accommodation: the shared bunkhouse (there are 5 beds) the tiny cabin, or the A-Frame, which double as an AirBnbs when not in use by artists. There is a single, shared heated bathroom with shower. A well equipped, covered outdoor kitchen with a grill, stove, microwave, and toaster oven is available for preparing meals. There are two small refrigerators available.


For the un-funded residency, all costs are the responsibility of the resident- however many local grants are available to artists and we encourage you to apply so as to defray the cost of attendance. The cost of residency includes use of shared and studio space with private storage, accommodation, and electric firing up to once per week. It also includes access to low cost, but not free, tools and materials. Stocked clay and glaze materials can be used on a pay-as-you-go basis, to eliminate the long trip to town to buy materials. We get major pricing breaks on materials that are passed directly on to residents. It does NOT include food, fuel for non-electric firing, or personal expenses. Some shared cleanup and work duties are to be expected. 

Bunkhouse shared accommodation:

  • Daily, incl. 1 night: $60

  • One Week (Sun-Sat): $300

  • Two Weeks(Sun-Sat): $550

  • Monthly, up to 6 months: $900

Tiny Cabin private accommodation:

  • Daily, incl. 1 night: $110

  • One Week (Sun-Sat): $500

  • Two Weeks(Sun-Sat): $750

  • Monthly, up to 3 months: $1400


Joe Robinson and Aubrey Sloan support the East Creek Residency and live on the East Creek property. With over 30 years of clay experience between them, their mission at East Creek is to further art education and community.  Joe Robinson teaches ceramics at Linfield University, and Aubrey is proprietor of Vibrant Pottery.

Residents will be greeted and oriented, and set to work in the studio. So self direction is a must. Long term residents may be alone at times, including overnight. East Creek is dog friendly, and is home to one resident doggo, Trip. Residents may bring well behaved dogs, but they may not stay in the bunkhouse when it is being shared. In that case, dog owners are welcome to rent the tiny cabin or use a tent. There is ample, beautiful camping available.  

Golden Spot Residency Details

The Golden Spot Residency is a competitive, fully funded residency program, open to Oregon residents who are not current students.


Golden Spot Residency recipients will be provided with a private studio space, access to the shared studio, a bed in the shared bunkhouse space, and a $1,000 stipend for a period of one month. No food or other services are provided, but ample shared outdoor cooking space and tools are provided. Residents may choose to stay at East Creek continuously for the duration of the residency, may elect to commute, or some combination of the two. Residents must commit to working at East Creek at least 4 days per week. There is no work-trade element to the residency, but residents will be asked to participate in some light shared cleaning duties and will be expected to keep shared spaces clean and usable at all times. 


-Oregon Resident

-At least 21 years of age

-Not a current student (recent or expected grads are welcome to apply, as long as the residency begins after graduation)

-Can commit to working at East Creek at least 4 days per week for the duration of the residency.

Application and Notification

Please apply via the form below. Your application will be evaluated by the East Creek Selection Committee, which consists of:

  • Joe Robinson co-owner of East Creek Art, LLC

  • Nan Curtis, Sculpture Dept. Chair, Pacific Northwest College of Art

  • Mark Terry, Professor of Art, George Fox University

  • Lilia Hernandez-Galusha, Artist, MFA Applied Craft + Design, Oregon College of Art and Craft

  • Amy Burnham, Ceramics Teacher, Lake Oswego Hight School

  • Mike Hellie, Ceramics Teacher, Lake Oswego High School

  • Artist-at-large: Lew & Lori Allen, House of Two Potters

Please note that all Golden Spot applications require a Jurying upload of up to three images. Your Jurying URL will be for supplementary info, and you might choose to share your personal website, instagram, or a dropbox or google drive folder of your work. 

If you believe you need special accommodation for your application, please email


The East Creek Residency is taking applications on a rolling basis. Applicants will each be personally contacted with any followup questions and to take next steps. The un-funded residency is open to anyone and everyone over the age of 18. Children under the age of 18 can be considered for short term residency if they are with a guardian. The Golden Spot Residency has special requirements. 

Apply using the form below. Your online portfolio, instagram, or other online presence is OK for the "Jurying URL". If you want to send a snail mail application, please reach out to for instructions. 

East Creek Residency Application
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