a commitment

our approach

At the core of Township10’s residency is the opportunity to utilize the entire property and its resources in service of the artist’s needs/desires.


Artists are invited and empowered to plan a residency. This can include filling the other four bedrooms with guests, or hunkering down for a quiet experience free from distraction. There is a studio tech on-site to welcome and support. The possibilities for how the property can be utilized are numerous and exciting to consider.


  • Residencies vary in length from 3 weeks to 2 months.

  • Accommodations and studio access are free of charge for invited artists and their guests.

  • Expenses do include travel, meals, and materials/firings.


We are thrilled to dedicate Township10 as a space for those who teach, lead, mentor and disrupt to further their personal, intellectual, and/or community goals.

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Due to COVID and our efforts to reschedule residents from this year, we will not open a call for applications until November of 2021. A panel of peers will review applications and award a residency to two applicants. The application will be available on this website in November 2021.


Township10 will launch in 2020-21 with a series of invited artists.


Experiences during this inaugural year will inform and shape the future direction of the project. We have asked artists to activate and enjoy the property, connect with the community, and offer us feedback.

a place for


a work intensive


a collaboration


reunion with mentors


base for international artist

a gathering in memorial


skill-building workshop


kiln-building residency


a writing retreat


series of focused conversations


interdisciplinary duet 


summit punctuated
by meals and music

an exhibition




Township10 is envisioned as an intimate space reserved for deep art practice, material exploration, and community building.


We have the highest expectations for the respect, thoughtfulness, and care that guests will bring to this experience. A few things we lay out are: We ask artists to incorporate shared meals and poetry into their stay. We encourage artists to connect with the local community and find ways to share their perspective. Residents donate a finished work to our collection. This work resides on the property as a marker of those who have been a part of the project. And we facilitate a written summary of the experience at Township10 to be archived for past and future residents.

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August 2020 resident

Melanie Tafejian

Melanie Tafejian is a poet and educator living in Raleigh, North Carolina. She holds an MFA in Poetry from North Carolina State University, where she won the 2020 North Carolina State Poetry Contest. She was awarded second place in the William Matthews Poetry Prize judged by Ilya Kaminsky and has poetry forthcoming in Raleigh Review and Asheville Review.  


"While at Township 10 I will be working on my poetry manuscript in progress. The book is all things gluttonous and indulgence, lots of food, and sex. Some poems inspired by Dutch Master’s paintings and themes of wrestling with desire and guilt. My work is heavily influenced by my travels, most recently this has meant the landscape of Albania. Uninterrupted thought is essential to the writing of poems and the time to sit with ideas in the mountains of North Carolina is an incredible gift."

More about Melanie Tafejian

Long Term Resident

Kyle Lawson


A skilled potter and woodworker, Kyle Lawson graduated from Oregon College of Art and Craft with a BFA in Craft. He spent the past few years working with the crew at Sarah Wolf Ceramics and assisting artists Dirk Staschke and Jeffry Mitchell among others. Originally from Sacramento, CA, Kyle relocated to the mountains of Western North Carolina to take on the challenge of building out the studios, caring for the property, and delving into his art practice as Township10’s first Long-term Resident. Kyle looks forward to welcoming residents & visitors to the property.