Watershed Legends

Watershed recognizes the contributions made by accomplished artists to the field of ceramics by honoring them as Legends. Selected by members of the Watershed Board of Trustees, the Legends honorees are prominent members of the clay community who have led distinguished careers and provided encouragement to artists of all ages for decades. Watershed honors Legends via events that shine a spotlight on these ceramics masters for the benefit of the greater clay community of artists and students. 

Watershed honored Wayne Higby, Jack Troy, and Paula Winokur as our newest Legends in 2017. Throughout the year, Watershed hosted public talks, workshops and exhibitions featuring the honorees, along with a culminating celebration in October, to celebrate the Legends’ careers, ideas, and innovations.

The celebration in honor of the current Legends included an exhibition of their work at The Clay Studio in Philadelphia, from October 6 to November 26.  Following the exhibition reception on October 7, an awards ceremony to recognize their careers and accomplishments was held at the nearby Arch Street Meeting House. Keynote speaker Glenn Adamson joined Master of Ceremonies Helen Drutt English, Chris Gustin, Nancy Selvin, and Gretchen Keyworth to honor these ceramic masters.

Watershed is deeply saddened by the loss of Paula Winokur on February 4, 2018. Paula served on Watershed’s board for many years and was intrinsically connected to the Watershed community. She was an exceptional artist, teacher, mentor and friend to so many and she will be greatly missed.

About the Current Legends

Wayne Higby

Higby_EarthCloud Wayne Higby’s unique vision of the American landscape manifests in his work that ranges from vessel forms and tile to sculpture and architectural installation. He is a professor and the Robert C. Turner Chair of Ceramic Art at the New York State College of Ceramics, Alfred University. He is also Director and Chief Curator of the Alfred Ceramic Art Museum at Alfred University. Higby is a published authority on ceramic art, acknowledged for his lectures, essays, and critical evaluations. He has received the Master of the Media and the Distinguished Educator Awards from the James Renwick Alliance, and the American Craft Museum 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 (NCECA), a Life Trustee of the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, and Vice President of the International Academy of Ceramics.

Studio Potter has generously shared archived articles written by all three of the 2017 Legends.  Click here to visit Wayne Higby’s archive.

Jack Troy

jt5Potter, writer, and teacher Jack Troy retired from Juniata College in 2006, where he taught for 39 years. He has led more than 230 workshops for potters at colleges, universities, and art centers in the US and abroad. His career has taken him to thirteen countries, and his work is in many private and public collections, including the Smithsonian Institution, Japan’s Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park, New Zealand’s Auckland Museum of Art and the Kalamazoo Institute of Art in Michigan.

His first book, Salt Glazed Ceramics, was published in 1977. In 1978, he built Pennsylvania’s first anagama-style kiln at Juniata College. His collection of poems, Calling the Planet Home, was published in 2003, and more than sixty of his articles, book reviews, and exhibition catalog 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. In 2012, he received the Excellence in Teaching Award from the National Council for Education in Ceramic Arts (NCECA).

Paula Winokur

Paula Winokur’s work was deeply influenced by information gathered from sites in the natural environment. She found herself particularly drawn to locations of geological transition: ledges, crevices, canyons, faults, and shifts. During her recent trips to Iceland and Greenland she observed calving glaciers and massive icebergs. This experience led to a body of work examining climate change. She preferred working in porcelain, as its qualities allowed her to explore issues of the landscape without resorting to literal interpretations.

For many years, Winokur worked out of her studio in Horsham, Pennsylvania, and was Professor Emerita of Art at Arcadia University in Glenside, PA. She exhibited widely and her work is in numerous national and international collections. She received many awards throughout her career, including 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 (NCECA). She received a BFA from Tyler School of Art, Temple University.