Salad Days

Kurt Anderson, 2017

Plate by Kurt Anderson, 2017 Salad Days Artist

Join us for Salad Days 2018 on Saturday, July 14 from 11:00 am-3:00 pm!

(Advance online ticket purchase will open in late May, 2018)

On the second Saturday of July each year, hundreds of people come to the Watershed campus for a memorable picnic—and carry home handcrafted ceramic plates as souvenirs of this special day. The plates are created by a dedicated artist-in-residence who spends the summer at Watershed making more than 500 plates for the Salad Days festival.

After choosing a favorite plate, visitors load it up with a delicious array of local foods—breads, locally sourced salads, and desserts—all prepared by area restaurants and Watershed’s cooks. In addition to the picnic lunch, Salad Days includes live music, artist demos, a ceramics exhibition, and a pottery sale of fine-crafted ceramics made by Watershed artists from around the country.

You may purchase Salad Days tickets in advance or at Watershed during the event. Tickets are $40 and include lunch and a handmade plate by 2018 Salad Days Artist Christina Bendo. Children five and under may attend for free, but do not receive a plate.


2017 Salad Days Schedule:

11:00 a.m.: Plate selection begins and buffet opens

12:00 p.m.: Guided tour of the studio and grounds led by Watershed co-founders
Lynn Duryea, Chris Gustin, and George Mason

1:00 p.m.: Guided tour of the Watershed studio and grounds

1:30 p.m.: Raffle drawing

All day events: Pottery sale, clay demos, live music, and “play with clay” with Pots on Wheels!


salad-days-2Many area farms, restaurants and other businesses contribute to the success of this annual event—which provides important funds to keep Watershed offering its ceramic art programs. For more information about helping to sponsor this signature event, please contact us at (207) 882-6075 or