Watershed Legends

Watershed recognizes the innovations and contributions made by master artists to the field of ceramics. These artists are honored as ceramic Legends via events and galas hosted by Watershed. Legends events shine a spotlight on ceramics masters for the benefit of the greater clay community of artists and students.

Watershed is pleased to honor Wayne Higby, Jack Troy,  and Paula Winokur as our newest Legends in 2017. To celebrate their careers, ideas, and innovations, Watershed will host public talks, workshops and exhibitions featuring the honorees, along with a culminating celebration in Philadelphia this October.  

2017 Legends Events

Conversation with Paula Winokur,
marine scientist Robert Steneck, and a Maine lobsterman
Moderated by Julie Burstein
Friday, July 7 @ 5:30 pm,  Newcastle, ME (exact location TBA)

How do artists add to the public dialog about climate change and resource allocation? How can the scientific community and the creative community work together to raise awareness about environmental concerns?  This talk is the first in a series of events that bring together ceramic art masters, scientists, writers and others working in natural resource based industries in Maine to examine intersections between art and contemporary environmental issues. In partnership with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, award-winning radio producer Julie Burstein will facilitate a conversation on natural resources, climate change, and how artists present new and different perspectives on these issues that affect us all.

nea-lockup-BThis project is funded in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.


Summer Residency Session VI: Wood Firing with Jack Troy
August 20 – 28 @ Watershed

Come experience salt, soda, and natural ash glaze firings in Watershed’s panoply of kilns. Jack will share his firing process and give a talk on his work. The session will also include discussions related to making, our relationship to the earth, and the historical and contemporary aspects of how and why wood firing has become such a popular means of expression.


Celebration of Watershed’s 2017 Legends
Saturday, October 7, Philadelphia, PA

Legends Exhibition Reception
@ The Clay Studio, 4:00-5:00pm

Award Ceremony and Talk 
@ Arch St. Meeting House, 5:30-7:30 pm

Mark your calendars and join us in Philadelphia to recognize the lifetime contributions of these stellar ceramic artists! The celebration will include an exhibition of the 2017 Legends’ work along with an awards ceremony featuring a lecture by Glenn Adamson.


About the 2017 Legends

Higby_EarthCloudWayne Higby is a ceramic artist and educator. His unique vision of the American Landscape and its manifestation in work ranging from vessel form to tile, sculpture and architectural installation has brought him international recognition. He is a professor and the Robert C. Turner Chair of Ceramic Art at the New York State College of Ceramics, Alfred University. Higby is a published authority on ceramic art, acknowledged for his lectures, essays and critical evaluations. He is the recipient of the Master of the Media and the Distinguished Educator awards from the James Renwick Alliance, and the American Craft Museum (Museum of Arts and Design, New York) Visionary award. Higby is an Honorary Professor of Art at Shanghai University and the Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute. He is also a member of Honor of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts, a Life Trustee of the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts and Vice President of the International Academy of Ceramics.


jt5Jack Troy, teacher, potter, and writer, retired from Juniata College in 2006, where he taught for 39 years. He has led hundreds of workshops at colleges, universities, and art centers in the U. S. and abroad. His first book, Salt Glazed Ceramics, was published in 1977. In 1978, he built Pennsylvania’s first anagama-style kiln at Juniata College. In 1995 he published Wood-fired Stoneware and Porcelain. His collection of poems, Calling the Planet Home, was published in 2003 and more than 60 of his articles, book reviews, and exhibition catalogue essays have appeared in the major periodicals in his field. The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts awarded him two Craft Fellowships for his work in ceramics, and a Fellowship in Literature for his poetry. He was selected by the Council to make the awards for the 2005 Governor’s Awards for the Arts. In 2012, he received the Excellence in Teaching Award from the National Council for Education in Ceramic Arts.


Winokur_glaciers-edge-1Paula Winokur works out of her studio in Norristown, Pennsylvania, where she is Professor Emerita of Acadia University in Glenside. She works with porcelain in unexpected and challenging ways and her work has received numerous awards. Her work is influenced by information gathered at various places in the natural environment; recently, trips to Iceland and Greenland where she observed calving glaciers and huge icebergs led to a body of work examining climate change. She has exhibited widely and her work is in numerous national and international collections. She is the recipient of a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts grant; a National Endowment for the Arts Visual Artists Fellowship; a Professor of the Year Award from Arcadia University; and an honorary fellowship from the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts. She received a BFA from Tyler School of Art, Temple University.

Learn about past Legends galas, read the artists’ bios, and see images of their work.