Haystack Mountain School of Crafts Summer Workshops

Haystack Mountain School
Attend Haystack Mountain School of Crafts' Summer Workshops with support from the American-Scandinavian Foundation and Norwegian Crafts

This is an opportunity for Norwegian or Norway-based artists and duojárat to attend workshops at Haystack during the summer of 2023. Norwegian Crafts is guaranteed 2 places in the Haystack summer program for Norway-based artists. The American-Scandinavian Foundation’s Arts & Crafts Fellowship Program and Norwegian Crafts will provide a grant for the selected artists to cover most expenses related to the workshops.

These programmes aim to provide unique and diverse opportunities for artists in the craft field, namely by offering Norway-based craft artists a place at renowned schools, workshops and residencies.

  • DATES: up to 14 consecutive days between July–September 2023, depending on the timings of your selected workshops
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE: 20 February 2023

About the Programme

Haystack was founded in 1950 and for the past seventy years has been widely considered a leader in craft education. The school serves local, national, and international audiences through programming on our award-winning campus.

Haystack offers one- and two-week sessions focused on studio workshops in a variety of disciplines, including ceramics, fiber, glass, graphics, iron, metals, wood, and writing, and for participants of all skill levels. The Haystack Fab Lab (digital fabrication studio) is available for session participants, augmenting their studio experience with opportunities to explore new materials and techniques with support from the Fab Lab staff. Visiting artists and scholars from a variety of fields, including science, literature, music, and the visual arts are invited to residencies, to focus on their work and participate with the community, during a two-week session.

For more information, please visit Haystack's website.

Selected participant benefits

  • $3500 grant from the American-Scandinavian Foundation paid directly to Haystack
  • Evening presentations by artists/faculty, visiting artists and writers, staff, and technical assistants
  • Opportunity to develop a craft practice with 75–90 participants from across the world
  • Dedicated tutoring by a professional artist in a medium or technique of the fellow’s choosing
  • Eligible for a travel grant of 5000 NOK from the Norwegian Association for Arts and Crafts (Norske Kunsthåndverkere)

Is the Haystack summer workshops right for you?


  • are a new, mid-career or established artist or duojár based in Norway / have a Norwegian national identity number
  • are a craft artist/duojár looking to develop your practice
  • are a craft artist/duojár looking to build networks in the US
  • can travel to Haystack in the selected time of the course(s)
  • are not enrolled in any degree or certificate granting program (including high school, bachelor, or masters degree programs) at the time of application or during the award period

    How to apply

    Download the application form here

    1. Confirm your top 3 workshops in order of preference. The full list of workshops can be found here.
    2. Write a one- to two-page proposal. There is an approximate 500 word limit. Tell us about your craft, where you make, what inspires you, who inspires you. Describe in clear and concise language your project theme*, studio usage, materials, supplies, and other specifics pertaining to your proposal. What elements of your participation in this residency do you anticipate will/could evolve your art practice.
    3. A bio or artist statement (250 word limit)
    4. CV
    5. Five media to be included in the application: Include title of artwork, materials, size and year made in the file name. If this is in video format please link within the PDF.

      All parts of the application should be submitted within a single PDF file in English, no larger than 10MB – links to videos are accepted within the pdf document. Please title your PDF with "Haystack Application form - SUMMER WORKSHOP 2023 - YOUR NAME".

      *Theme can refer to an idea, project, or new body of work you wish to complete during the residency.

      How we choose participants

        • Applications will be shortlisted by Norwegian Crafts.
        • Shortlisted applicants will be sent to the American-Scandinavian Foundation who will have the final decision on who the selected participants are.
        • Norwegian Crafts will inform the selected participants of their scholarships and placements. Selected participants will then send off their application directly to Haystack in order to confirm their place.

        If you have any questions about this residency opportunity, please do not hesitate to get in contact with Leah Svalastoga Kahn, Market Development Officer at Norwegian Crafts: lk@norwegiancrafts.no.

        Former grant recipients:

        2023: Siri Skjerve and Julia K. Persson
        2022: Magdalena Kotkowska and Ida Siebke
        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