Farm & Fire Fellowship

Watershed is uniquely situated in a small agricultural valley surrounded by organic farms. We have partnered with our neighbors at Dandelion Spring Farm to offer a fellowship program that enables college students who are passionate about ceramic art and organic farming to explore their dual interests during a 2.5 week internship. Fellows gain hands-on experience in the running of an art center and an organic farm while greatly contributing to both operations.

2017 Fellowship dates: July 2-19

Watershed is accepting applications for the summer 2017 Fellowship from current college juniors and seniors. Fellowship participants work 3 hours at Watershed and 3 hours on the farm each weekday. Salad Days, Watershed’s largest fundraiser and celebration of the year, occurs during this session and fellows will also work for Watershed on Saturday, July 9 to help with the event. The work at Watershed includes mixing clay and glazes, stacking wood for kiln firings, and helping with kitchen cleanup and grounds maintenance. On the farm, fellows can expect to focus their work in the medicinal and culinary herb garden. They will harvest herbs for drying, make tinctures, and tend to these spirited plants.

Fellows live in resident artist housing (double occupancy rooms with shared bath facilities) and enjoy meals with Watershed artists and staff. They receive free studio space and have unlimited access to the studio in the evenings and on weekends. Materials and firing costs are covered by the fellowship.

The fellowship session occurs in tandem with a Watershed residency Session III, Directly Play(ful), led by Didem Mert. Fellows will have the opportunity to live and work alongside the artists-in-residence, sharing meals and studio space with the group.

Fellowship qualifications:

  • Current enrollment as a junior or senior in a BFA or BA Program with a concentration in ceramics
  • Ability to perform moderate to heavy physical labor indoors and outdoors in all kinds of weather
  • Experience with or curiosity about the intersections of art, food, and sustainability
  • Availability from Sunday, July 2 to Friday, July 19

Funds:

Fellows cover the costs of travel to and from Watershed and pay a non-refundable fee of $250 upon acceptance. All other food, housing, studio, material and firing costs are covered by the fellowship.

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