Ceramic Artist in Residence

Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill is currently offering a 3 month Ceramic Artist in Residence Program during the winter of 2020 that is designed to provide time and facilities to artists looking for a concentrated creative experience. Our goal is to give driven and self-directed artists the opportunity to enhance their personal, intellectual and creative growth by expanding their body of work or creating a specific project. Free from the distractions of every day pressures, residents will be given time and space to concentrate on their work in the beautiful setting of Cape Cod and will be awarded a shared exhibition in the Castle Hill gallery upon completion of their stay.

The residency runs from January 6 to March 27, 2020 and includes housing and studio space for $500/month. A total of two residents will be selected based on a review of application materials. Each resident will have personal workspace in a shared studio and open access to the communal ceramics studio and kilns. Materials and firing fees are payable through Castle Hill at a discounted rate. Residents will share a furnished 2 bedroom apartment equipped with a kitchen, bathroom, living room, laundry and internet access. It is highly recommended to have a car, as there is limited public transportation and no grocery store within walking distance.

The ceramics facility at Castle Hill offers all standard studio equipment including wheels and a slab roller, as well as many kilns in excellent condition including: several programmable electric kilns, a Bailey gas kiln, raku, salt, and a train style wood kiln.  The studio barn is nestled in the gentle hills of Truro Massachusetts, just steps from the ocean. The Cape is rich with both nature and arts activity and abounds with beaches, nature trails and small-town charm.


If you have any further questions, please contact the Ceramics Director, Chris Watt at 508-349-7511 or chriswatt@castlehill.org,  there is a $25 application fee.

2018 Ceramic Residents

Camilla Ascher


Camilla Ascher is a ceramic artist from Natick Massachusetts and currently residing in Baltimore Maryland. She graduated in 2012 with a BFA in Art Education and in 2013 with a Certificate in Ceramics, both from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Camilla has recently completed a four month residency in Taiwan. Her work consists of wheel-thrown functional ware. Pattern is an important element to her surface design. She strives for patterns that are very organized and calming to the human eye with leaving an area of exposed clay. The feeling between surfaces of the rougher bare clay and the raised edge of the glossy or satin glazed surface brings tactile awareness when you hold the piece. Her goal is to create harmony between form and surface that has balance and a calm sense of equilibrium.

Jena Merrill


Jena Merrill is a ceramic artist born and raised in New York City. She received a BA in Studio Arts & Educational Studies from Swarthmore College in 2016 and completed a Special Student Program at the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2017. Starting with her commitment to the form of the pot and the importance of domestic spaces, Jena combines a delicate, formal sensibility with a playful and personal visual and tactile language. She focuses on using shape, form, line, and texture to create a kind of material poetry that fulfills an open approach to function, and she draws inspiration from hard-edge and minimalist painting, the natural world, and the relationships we forge with our surroundings.