Residency Program Information

Applications for 2024 are now closed.

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Please Note: Unfortunately we are not accepting applications for our Ceramic Studio. Ceramic residencies will be available in 2025.

Our Craft and Design Studio is the only career-oriented program and facility available in Canada offering an artist-in-residency in contemporary craft and design. Functioning as a training centre and incubator the Studio relies on a self-directed learning ethos, all with the goal of championing emerging Canadian artists.

Melanie Egan, Director Craft & Design

Application Information

The Studio is open to post-graduates (or individuals with equivalency training) who demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of either Textiles, Glass, Ceramics, Design or Metal/Jewellery. Offering a creative community, professional development, mentorship and more, our goal is to empower the next generation of talent in craft and design.

This program is made possible through the generous support of Canadian Heritage through the Canada Arts Training Fund.


Full-time Artists-in-Residence have 24-hour access to the facilities. 

Each studio has two volunteer, professional Artistic Advisers to give advice, offer critiques and suggestions about career direction and work development.

Professional Development
We organize a series of events primarily for Artists-in-Residence and the greater craft and design community with national and international artists and professionals – lectures, workshops, seminars, conferences, and exhibitions.

Artists-in-Residence have the opportunity to teach classes. Class structure varies depending on each studio. Artists-in-Residence earn tuition for classes.

Exhibition Opportunities
Artists-in-Residence may have the opportunity to exhibit their work in one of the many on-site venues.

Library & Resources
We have a small but comprehensive library and additional resources. Artists-in-Residence have free access to a computer, printer, photocopier, phone and fax machine for business purposes.

Reduced-rate parking is available for all Artists-in-Residence.

Studio Equipment List


  • Electric kiln (oval) – 16.5 cubic feet
  • Electric kiln (round) – 7 cubic feet
  • Extruding system
  • Front loading gas kiln – 31 cubic feet of stack space
  • Pottery wheels
  • Slab roller
  • Spray Booth – 47″ x 39″ opening
  • Ware racks (2 per AiR)
  • Worktables (approx. 6’x3′ per AiR)


  • Epilog Zing 24 (60 watt) Laser Cutter with Rotary Attachment
  • iMac Computers (2)
  • Rhino
  • Adobe Creative Cloud


  • Annealers with digital controls (5)
  • Belt Sander
  • Diamond Saw
  • Drill press
  • Electric Kiln (Oval) – 12 cubic feet
  • Electric Slumping Kiln – 5 cubic feet
  • Garage
  • Gas Furnace w. 350 lb crucible
  • Glory Holes (1 single burner; 1 double burner)
  • Grinder (lap wheel)
  • Lathe (1″ spindle)
  • Sandblaster
  • Wax/Plaster cast set-up


  • Anvils and mandrels
  • Band saw
  • Scroll saw
  • Belt sander
  • Draw plates
  • Drill press
  • Enameling kiln
  • Foredom flex shafts
  • Hydraulic press
  • Magnetic and rotary tumblers
  • Pickle
  • Polishing machine
  • Ring stretcher
  • Rolling mills
  • Sandblaster
  • Shears
  • Soldering stations – oxygen/propane
  • Soldering stations – acetylene
  • Ultrasonic
  • Vice
  • Vulcanizer
  • Wax injector


  • Dark room
  • Dye mixing hood
  • Dye set-up with gas burner
  • Industrial Steamer
  • Knitting machine (main bed)
  • Light table
  • Pattern drafting table
  • Print table (16’ x 5’)


Craft & Design at Harbourfront Centre is a third party recommender for Ontario Arts Council (OAC) Exhibition Assistance Grants for Craft Artists in Ontario.

OAC Exhibition Assistance Grants — ranging from $500 to $2000 — are for exhibition preparation (ie. materials, framing and preparation, crating and transportation).

Annual Jury Deadline: September 15 and January 14 (or the next business day).

To learn more, please consult the OAC’s website here.

You can find a list of of all Exhibition Assistance recommenders here.

Olivia Mae Sinclair, Textile Artist-in-Residence
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