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2024 Internships

Adamah Art Studios is offering 2 summer intern positions for the 2024 summer workshop session.  Although the start and end dates of the internship are flexible, interns usually begin mid-May and finish mid-August.


The Adamah Art Campus is in a rural setting on 550 acres of woods and rolling hills in the Driftless area of South-West Wisconsin. We are located next to Governor Dodge State Park and are very close to the Wisconsin River. In addition to 40 ceramic workshops per year, we offer hiking trails, camping, an outdoor pizza oven and beautiful sunsets.


Our art campus is part of a larger camp called Bethel Horizons, that is owned by Bethel Lutheran Church in Madison, Wisconsin.  Our adult education facility is secular and open to the public. Our campus is composed of a 4-season clay studio, a 4-season mixed-media studio, an outdoor summer studio, a kiln shed with an Anagama wood kiln and a retreat center with a dining hall. We offer year-round workshops, retreats and open studio times.


The director, Tia Hewuse, lives on site. Melanie Bisbach is the studio manager. We run with a lean staff and we all have lots of responsibilities! We work hard and we play hard! If you are interested in joining our team for the summer, please email your application to or send your application to: Adamah Clay Studios, 4681 County Rd ZZ, Dodgeville, WI 53533


Adamah internship offers the following: 


  • Interns will receive a $250/week stipend.

  • Interns are offered lodging (you may have to share a room) in one of the retreat buildings at the camp. They are offered all meals served during workshops. (note: there are a few days when no workshops are offered and you will be responsible for your own food.  We have a kitchen in the studio.) There are often a lot of leftovers available too!

  • The week of July 4th the studio is closed. You will have a week off!!

  • Interns are also offered a small studio space. Adamah provides 50 pounds of clay (stonewear, porcelain or bclay) at the beginning of the internship. Interns also have access to reclaimed clay. Any clay you require beyond this will can be purchased from Adamah or from Paoli Clay Company.  Interns can fire without cost within reason. Interns are welcome to put work into workshop firings, including gas, electric and wood. 

  • Interns will have access to all summer workshops and wood firings.  Although daily workshop preparation tasks are required from interns, interns are encouraged to participate in workshops, kiln firings, teaching and developing their own body of work. Interns will be allowed to sell work through the Adamah gallery located in the retreat center.

  • Interns will have the opportunity to learn how a professional studio is run as an educational and business center. 

  • The studio is open 24 hours a day.

  • New to 2025 is our mixed-media studio. This summer we will be supporting workshops diving into textiles, water color, Plein air landscape painting and more. 


We are looking for applicants who are easy to work with, take direction, can work independently, have a great attitude and a passion for ceramics and art in general.

What is expected of interns:


  • The minimum expectation is for the interns to be present from 9:00am to 3:00pm, 6 days a week. The studio is open and running 7 days a week!! (There are times where longer days are expected in the studio to get work done) The days vacillate between intense work and days where interns can sit in on workshops or work on their own body of work.


  • Interns will be responsible for helping set-up and clean-up workshop spaces: moving tables, wheels, clay, etc. Prepping handouts, assigning rooms, helping participants and instructors, sweeping, mopping, etc.


  • Interns will be responsible for helping reclaim and pug clay and mixing glazes. They will load and unload kilns.


  • Interns will be required to take pictures during workshops and submit them to our Marketing and Development Director.


  • Adamah interns will also be expected to help maintain the grounds of the facility. Jobs can vary from moving wood, planting and watering the garden, and cleaning up trash surrounding the buildings.

  • Interns will help split and stack wood for the wood kiln.


NOTE: This internship requires physical strength and endurance.  Interns must be able to easily lift #50 multiple times. (i.e. able to move wheels, bags of clay, large bags of dry materials, full glaze buckets, wood for the kiln and kiln shelves)


Interns represent the face of our studio--our professionalism, our integrity, our level of expertise. As an education center, as well as a retreat center, we serve the participants who attend our workshops.  Interns must be professional and willing to assist our participants and instructors.  A good attitude is very important! 

  • Alcohol is allowed on our campus. You are allowed to drink if you are 21 or older (as long as we do not go overboard!). 

  • Smoking is allowed outside away from the buildings.

  • No illegal drugs

  • No pets can come along during internships.

  • Interns are expected to wear appropriate clothing at all times.

  • Interns will be provided with a respirator at the beginning of the internship

  • Interns should bring clothes suitable for wood firing (long sleeves and pants and leather boots)

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