2017 Summer Residency Sessions

Watershed’s summer sessions provide time and space for small groups of up to 15 artists to step away from their daily routines, immerse themselves in their work, and make new connections within the clay community.  During a residency, artists work independently in our large communal studio.  Most of the summer sessions are organized by artists—who propose a theme related to clay and recruit four to eight other artists to join them. The balance of participants in a session (seven to ten more artists) register here on our website, drawn by a shared interest in the session theme. Once in residence, all of the session’s artists work side-by-side in the Watershed studios.

During a summer session, you will have unlimited time to work and dialog in the studio alongside other artists-in-residence, along with 3 delicious meals a day, and comfortable accommodations in shared or private housing. When reviewing session options, consider choosing a theme that resonates with you, whether you want to delve more deeply into that focus or follow your own path of inquiry once you are here.

Watershed residencies are filled on a first-come, first served basis.  Simply fill out the registration form and submit your deposit.  Visit our housing and fees page to review the costs of attending a residency.  Please note that all artists are required to live on campus during a session. For those interested in applying for merit-based or need-based financial aid, the yearly application deadline is February 15 with awards announced in mid-March.

View details below on each of our 2017 summer sessions and register early to reserve your spot.

Session I: Earth, Water, and Fire; June 4 -16

Earth, Water and Fire

Session Leader: Berry Matthews

With: Rosette Gault, Roy Pearson, Elizabeth Garber, Lyn Freeman, and Joan Watson

Berry Matthews fire sculpture

Berry Matthews

The first session of the summer will focus on interactive installations. Join a group of artists who work with a variety of ceramic materials including porcelain (Berry Matthews), paper clay (Rosette Gault wrote the first book on paper clay), earthenware (Elizabeth and Roy Garber-Pearson, Lyn Freeman) and brick clay (Joan Watson) and explore working in a range of scales and styles. Session members are encouraged to join in creating large pieces that may utilize fire, paper clay and other ephemeral materials.





Session II: The Object's Not the Point; June 18 - 30

The Object’s Not the Point

Session Leader: Erik Scollon

Guest Artist: Namita Gupta Wiggers

With: Thomas Myers, Summer Zickefoose, Kari Marboe, and Nicole Burisch

The Brick Factory

Members of The Brick Factory Collective

Join The Brick Factory Collective and Namita Gupta Wiggers of the Critical Craft Forum to investigate the possibilities of socially engaged ceramic work during this session. The Brick Factory members’ multidisciplinary practices combine traditional craft media with theory, research, and performance, while Gupta Wiggers’ work as a writer, educator, and crafts curator focuses on critical issues of interest to the craft field.





Session III: Directly Playful; July 2 - 19

Session III: July 2 – July 19

Directly Play(ful)

Didem Mert

Didem Mert

Session Leader: Didem Mert

With: Ronan Peterson, Yoonjee Kwak, Ian Childers, Rachel Donner, Mike Cinelli, Amanda Dobbratz, James Davis, and Kurt Anderson

During discussions, collaborations, and field trips designed to help participants find inspiration in their surroundings, artists will investigate how a sense of play inspires and guides their process. This 2.5 week session includes Watershed’s signature summer event, Salad Days, on Saturday, July 8.

This session has filled.  Please email info@watershedceramics.org if you would like to be added to the wait list.



Session IV: Reawakenings; July 23 - August 4


Whitney Forsyth

Whitney Forsyth

Session Leader: Whitney Forsyth

With: Kate Dameron, Cathryn Thomas, Allison Lackner, Nancy Andrasko, Shawn Phillips, Beth Brady-Edwards, and Mike Teal

Areas of vibrant artistic growth are influencing the cultural development of small cities across the country. Connect with a group of diverse ceramic artists with roots in Tulsa, Oklahoma to explore the role clay artists are playing in the development of these creative communities, share ideas, and learn from one another.

This session has filled but please email us at info@watershedceramics.org if you would like to be put on the wait list for a spot in this session. 




Session V: Confluence and Influence; August 6 - 18

Confluence and Influence

Guest Artist: Matt Wedel

Session Leader: Jennifer Degges

With: Brian Caponi, John Emerson, Kelley Donahue, and Nurielle Stern

Matt Wedel

Matt Wedel

Join Matt Wedel, Jennifer Degges and a diverse group of artists, from large-scale sculptors to functional potters, to explore how working alongside one another in the Watershed studio will influence your work. As participants respond to and support each others varied styles of making, the commonalities found among shared techniques, materials, and ideas will foster opportunities for creative experimentation and growth.

This session has filled but please email us at info@watershedceramics.org if you would like to be put on the wait list for a spot in this session. 




Session VI: Wood Firing with Jack Troy; August 20 - 28

Wood Firing Workshop with Jack Troy

Jack Troy

Jack Troy

Come experience salt, soda, and natural ash glaze firings in Watershed’s panoply of kilns. Our workshop will be an ideal time to experience the variety of effects from atmospheric firings. As we participate in the processes unique to each kiln, we will compare how glaze application, stacking, and stoking procedures affect our work. PowerPoint presentations and discussions will center around historical and contemporary aspects of how and why wood firing has become such a popular means of expression.

Bring bisque-fired pieces made from light-burning clays capable of being fired to cone ten or eleven. Porcelains or stonewares with less than 2% iron work best. We will have a variety of shino and other glazes and slips. Please – no bowls or plates wider than 6″-7″. Plan to participate in all aspects of the firings. Each participant will have a minimum of 7 cubic feet of space for firing their work spread between the kilns.

Please note: Participants may have time to work in the Watershed studios while the kilns are cooling but should plan to take work made at Watershed home with them as green ware.

This session has filled.  Please email info@watershedceramics.org if you would like to be added to the wait list.