2 weeks
Paid by host:

Room & board, meals, studio.

Paid by artist:

Travel, materials, application fee.

Application guidelines:

Residents will include established and emerging artists working in a range of visual art and craft media, and scientists, designers, and writers who have participated in Haystack's invitational symposia over the last ten years. Approximately three-quarters of participants—from the US and around the world—will be selected through open competition and one-quarter will be invited. Criteria will include quality of work and ability to work in an intensive community.

Download the application here.

AIR tags:
nature, isolated, living expences, accommodation, national, international, shared, own contribution by residents, technicians, project manager-support, artists, wood workshop, technical assistance, metal workshop, library, kiln, basic tools and equipment, mid-career, established artist, only one resident, up to 1 month, 24 hour acces, separate from accomodation
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Haystack Mountain School of Crafts

Haystack Mountain School of Crafts

Haystack's Summer Residency

Haystack Mountain School of Crafts is an international craft school located on the Atlantic Ocean in Deer Isle, Maine. The school offers intensive studio-based workshops in a variety of craft media including clay, glass, metals, mixed media, paper, blacksmithing, textiles, weaving, woodworking, writing, and more. Additionally, the Haystack Fab Lab, a digital fabrication studio, was established in 2011.

Haystack's two-week Open Studio Residency program complements the renowned workshop programs, offering an opportunity for makers to create new work and explore ideas for future work—in specific craft media and interdisciplinary work, making use of new technologies. The residency will give people unfamiliar with craft media a chance to explore new materials and create a dialogue among a range of artistic and scientific fields. Approximately fifty artists and people from other creative fields will have uninterrupted time to work in six studios (ceramics, fiber, graphics, iron, jewelry, and wood) to develop ideas and experiment in various media. Participants will have an opportunity to move among studios and there will be technicians in each studio to assist with projects as needed. Haystack’s open studios and small scale foster a dynamic exchange of ideas among peers. Haystack’s fab lab will also be open, providing an opportunity for experimentation with digital fabrication as a way for participants to augment their creative practices. In addition to open studios, there will be time for participants to share work and discuss ideas across disciplines.

Haystack has long been on the cutting edge of craft exploration and research, with initiatives that allow the school to continue investigating new ideas relating to craft practice, and provide opportunities for makers to explore new ideas for their own work. Central to this has been the school’s commitment to interdisciplinary work.

The primary purpose of Haystack’s Open Studio Residency is to provide artists, makers, and thinkers with ample time and space to focus on their work, explore new work, and establish connections for collaborative work. Haystack’s retreat setting allows residents to work in a supportive, closely knit community.

Studio Information

Studios accommodate book arts, ceramics / pottery, fiber arts, fine metals / jewelry making, glass blowing, heavy metals / blacksmithing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, woodworking, mixed media, and writing. There is also a digital fabrication lab. Studios are open 24 hours during the residency and are staffed by technical assistants.

Accommodation Information

Housing is provided in shared bedroom. Haystack’s campus offers a range of housing options. All of the cabins are simple, “camp-like” accommodations with electricity and twin beds. There are shared rooms, rooms with private bathrooms or rooms near central, shared bathrooms. There also is one 4-person room with a wheelchair accessible bathroom.


Built on a cliff overlooking Jericho Bay in the Atlantic Ocean, Haystack’s campus is located on 40 quiet, wooded acres in the small island community of Deer Isle. The campus was designed in 1960 by noted architect Edward Larrabee Barnes, and in 1994 was awarded the American Institute of Architects Twenty-Five Year Award. The 100-seat Gateway Auditorium is a central gathering place for lectures, performances and end-of-session auctions. Haystack’s library, rebuilt in 1997, holds over 1000 titles, including fine craft books, exhibition catalogs, art journals and scholarly monographs. Also on site is a well-equipped store that provides artists’ supplies and quality books.

Contact information

Haystack Mountain School of Crafts,
PO Box 518
Deer Isle, ME 04627
United States

haystack [at]