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This summer GRA is honored to partner with Renee Zeleny, Blue Note Pottery as our 2021 "Artist in Residence." Zeleny studied in Japan with Master Potter Kimura Kada; living with his family and learning all aspects of traditional Japanese production pottery. 

Interested in bringing her skills to Central Minnesota through her residency, Renee would like to invite up to three individuals to engage in a three-month apprentice program beginning June through Aug. 2021. 

Apprentices will be provided up to six hours of instruction centered around time honored techniques each week. The course will be located at GRA's Clay Center in Little Falls, with additional access to the studio space to work independently - applying the skills learned during the course.

This apprenticeship values community, creativity, and sharing artistic talent(s). Therefore, each apprentice will be asked to participate in at least one art education activity and/or event each month supported by GRA community partners. A small stipend will be offered to offset the costs of travel and time.

Download a PDF to learn more about the program.


      TO APPLY

      Send a letter of interest answering the following:

      • Tell us about your interest in clay and/or Japanese production pottery.
      • In your own words, why would you be an ideal apprentice?
      • Share your experience working with community members (paid or volunteer position).

      Although not required, please note if you have previous experience with clay. 

      For questions about this opportunity, you can reach Renee Zeleny at (320) 333-3380.


      As this program is designed to build on the fundamentals of clay - previous clay/pottery experience is not required.

      Participants must be at least 16 years of age and have access to reliable transportation. 

      Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.



      FREE VIRTUAL TUTORIALS: How to draw a realistic tree step-by-step offered, Emotions - Realistic Acting, Painting Waves with Watercolor, and Three Simple Dance Moves for Beginners (video below).
        Click HERE for a free PDF with links to other at home art resources for adults.





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