So you want to be a studio intern....


You could hang out here for a while!

Hopefully by now you have been navigating around our website and have some sort of inkling of who we are as humans. Here we will attempt to make ourselves sound so appealing and inviting that when you read this you will become glazy eyed and automatically stop everything you are doing in order to plug in your GPS for Paducah.

But seriously here is a blurb about us:

Who are the folks behind Terra Cottage Ceramics???…

We are Michael and Victoria Terra (with two grown daughters and 5 cats). Michael is the ‘Mud Poet’ artist and Victoria is the 'Logistics Goddess'. We have been selling Michael’s artwork full time for over 20 years. We live in the Lower Town Arts District in Paducah, KY.


You could rest your weary head here!

Most of our friends are other artists that live in our neighborhood. Our house is a two story brick shotgun with our display area, studio, your apartment all on the ground floor and our home is upstairs.


You could be in the studio with Michael!

Since 2011 we have had many studio interns. We’re looking for a conscientious, self-motivated individual that (while it is not a hard and fast prerequisite it is highly suggested)  has experience throwing or sculpting in clay. Michael runs a detail oriented, fast paced studio and we are looking for just the right person to assist him in his everyday production schedule.

In exchange for your help we will provide you with a fully furnished apartment, access to our studio AND you get to hang with Michael. We’re the kind of folk that want this to be a growing & learning opportunity for you so, while you are expected to help in the studio it is also our expectation that you will be using our facilities (and that includes picking Michael’s creative brain) in order to explore your own creative endeavors. It is important to us that we all benefit from this relationship. We will also do whatever you need in order for you to use this time toward college credit.

We are a non-smoking household and would prefer a non-smoking assistant (that is unless you’re on fire). If you are highly allergic to cats this might not be the place for you because we have 4 cats that live upstairs and 1 cat that lives in the studio.


1- Basic studio maintenance; sweeping, dusting, wiping, wedging, loading & unloading the kilns, sanding ware, washing ware, glazing, and packing & shipping of orders.

2- Pet & garden care when we are off at shows.

3- Production of some minor ware.

4- Manning the Display Area.

5- Any other appropriate tasks as assigned.

6- six month to one year commitment.

What’s in it for you:

1- Furnished one bedroom apartment with full laundry, kitchen, private entrance, cable, wifi and telephone.

2- Access to our ceramic sculpture studio with two Randall potter’s wheels, a vertical slab roller, and 3 electric kilns.

3- Get to live in an arts community.

4- Good cookies and many shared meals upstairs with us.

5- Opportunity to go to an art show…we will arrange for you to go to at least one show with Michael.

6- Opportunity to get an intimate look at a functioning art business; product development, marketing, sales, and production.

If this sounds tantalizing to you then quickly pick up your phone and give us a call at 270-908-0090. 

We’re looking forward to hearing from you!

Blessing Abound…

Victoria & Michael Terra