Haystack Mountain School of Crafts

Haystack Mountain School of Crafts Summer Program placement and grant

The application deadline for 2019 is expired. Details on 2020's deadline will be published in January 2020.

This is an opportunity for talented Norwegian artists to attend workshops at Haystack during the summer. Norwegian Crafts is guaranteed two places in the Haystack summer program, and the American-Scandinavian Foundation’s Arts & Crafts Fellowship Program will provide a grant for each selected artists to cover tuition, board and most expenses connected to the workshop.

Norwegian Crafts aim to provide unique and diverse opportunities for artists in the craft field through offering Norwegian craft artists a place at renowned schools, workshops and residencies.

SUMMER PROGRAM WORKSHOPS: in session May-Sept (click on link for available courses)

For more information on the summer programs at Haystack click here.

Summer Program Faculty List 2019:

Please choose and rank three workshops, including session number and which material group / faculty member you would like to work with, in the order of your preference when you apply.

First session: Two Weeks, May 26-June 7
Blacksmithing: Meghan Martin
Ceramics: Emily Schroeder Willis
Fiber: Christy Matson
Graphics: Mary Tasillo + Michele Wilson
Metals:Barbara Seidenath
Wood: Ted Lott
Visiting Artist*: Sonya Clark

Second session: Two Weeks, June 23-July 5
Blacksmithing: John Rais
Ceramics: Shannon Goff
Fiber: Jim Drain
Graphics: Jenny Brillhart
Metals: Kerianne Quick
Wood: Heath Matysek-Snyder

Third session: Two Weeks, July 14-26
Ceramics: Linda Nguyen Lopez
Fiber: Doug Johnston
Glass: Megan Biddle
Graphics: Emmy Bright
Metals: Tara Locklear
Wood: Audi Culver + Ivy Siosi

Fourth session: Two Weeks, July 28-August 9
Ceramics: Kenyon Hansen
Fiber: Courtney Puckett
Glass: David Schnuckel
Graphics: Krista Franklin
Metals: Tanya Crane
Wood: Sarah Marriage
Visiting Artist*: Matt Crane

Fifth session: Two Weeks, August 11-23
Ceramics: Andile Dyalvane
Fiber: Kathy Hattori
Glass: Peter Ivy + Robert Lewis
Graphics: Michael Velliquette
Metals: Hamza El Fasiki
Wood: Julian Watts
Visiting Curator*:Denise Markonish

Sixth session: One Week, August 25-13
Ceramics: Suze Lindsay
Fiber/Baskets: Christine Mauersberger
Glass: Courtney Dodd
Graphics: Jodi Reeb
Metals: Amelia Toelke
Wood: Marshall Scheetz
Writing: Matthew Shenoda

Please note that the schedule is subject to change. Updated list is always available through Haystack's website.

*Visiting artists and curators augment the session with informal activities and are not workshop leaders.


All artists who wish to apply for the placement and grant must apply through Norwegian Crafts (not Haystack or the ASF). Norwegian Crafts and the ASF will select the two top candidates, and inform Haystack of the grant-receiving artists. 



-        Be citizens of Norway
-        Applicants must be a professional craft artist
-        Submit no more than one application to the ASF's Fellowship Program per fiscal year
-        Submit all requested application materials

-        Individuals enrolled in any degree or certificate granting program (including high school, bachelor, or master degree programs)
-        Recipients of an ASF Arts & Crafts Fellowship Award in the previous fiscal year

-        Have made a recognised contribution to their discipline through public presentation of their work
-        Demonstrate a high-aesthetic level of artistic ability
-        Provide evidence of continued commitment to serious and exceptional aesthetic investigation in his or her chosen medium
-        Demonstrate a record of regional, national, or international public presentations (i.e. exhibitions, publications, etc.), grants, awards, fellowships, residencies, or other recognition within a discipline

-        Artist Statement / letter of motivation
-        Resume (CV) –  Include address, phone, e-mail and website link if available
-        Portfolio – 10 images and documentation script
-        Two letters of reference
-        List of skills in your media
-        Copy of university transcripts for studies/training completed at the bachelors and masters levels. (e.g. BA, BFA, MA and/or MFA)
-        List of your preferred sessions at Haystack from top priority (1) to bottom priority (3). Include session name and dates.

Submit your application --- IN ENGLISH --- in one pdf.-file with file Titled “your last name_first name–Application” to post@norwegiancrafts.no by 1 March 2019. Email subject field: "Haystack Application"

About Haystack

(from Haystack's website)

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, paper, blacksmithing, weaving, woodworking and more. Programs range from short workshops to two-week sessions and anyone may participate, from beginners to advanced professionals.

The unique experience to be found at Haystack is owed to the combination of internationally-renowned instructors, intensive and focused studio time, the exploration of other art forms including music, poetry and dance, a diverse student body, and an award-winning campus. Students live, eat, and work at the school, and studios remain open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. For more than fifty years, the school has created international workshops, conferences, and symposia, innovative sessions for high school students and local residents, a visiting artist program, scholarship opportunities, and more. Haystack continues to evolve with the interests and ideas of those who visit here.

Former grant recipients: 

2019: Marthe Minde and Marius Moldvær

2018: Kristin Sæterdal and Trine Hovden

2017: Marie Skeie and Therese Hoen

2016: Lillian Tørlen 

2015: May von Krogh and Corrina Thornton

2014: Heidi Bjørgan and Julie Kausland

2013: Kari Mølstad