Watershed gratefully acknowledges our donors for their generous support as we endeavor to provide artists with time and space to explore ideas with clay.

The Griggs Circle

The Griggs Circle is Watershed’s leadership giving program. Gifts to the Griggs Circle range from $1,500 to $25,000 over a three to five-year commitment. The Griggs Circle honors Margaret (Peg) Griggs. Peg’s vision, determination and donation of 32 acres of land and the buildings now known as the “Factory” and Thompson Hall are at the core of Watershed’s existence.

Lois & Edward Anderson
Kate Blacklock
Betty Bothereau
Edgar John Bullard III
David Charak
Joyce & Allan Cohen
Bruce Dawson & Bruce Esson-Dawson
Jeanne Baker Driscoll
Brenda Erickson
Carol & Joe Green
Chris Gustin & Nancy Train Smith
Elizabeth Kendall 
Gretchen Keyworth
Mark Lyman & Anne Meszko
Joseph & Marianne McCaffery
David & Clemmer Montague
Catherine Morrison
Claudia Olds Goldie
Jan & Vic Schachter
Martha W. Sears & Gary Baker
Nancy & Steve Selvin
Paul & Konnie Stark
Kristen Struebing-Beazley & Dr. Robert M. Beazley
Phyllis Kudder Sullivan
Don Thomas & Jorge Cao
Sharon Townshend
Tim Zajac

Special Exhibitions Fund

The Hope and Mel Barkan Special Exhibitions Program

Kiln God & Scholarship Donors

At Watershed, our Kiln Gods are generous donors who provide full financial support for a ceramic artist to attend a residency at Watershed. The Watershed Scholarship Fund provides partial support for deserving artists. All awards are competitive, juried and merit-based. All artists are eligible to apply, regardless of age, experience, or media/discipline. Click here to learn more about becoming a Kiln God or Scholarship donor.

Kiln God Residency Endowments and Support:
Archipelago Foundation Ceramic Residency Fund
Pat Doran Funded Residency Endowment
Howard Kottler Testamentary Trust
Alfred and Hanina Shasha Foundation, Inc. Endowment for AIDASHED Scholarships
Barry L. Thurman Funded Residency Endowment
Association of Israel’s Decorative Arts
Individual Kiln God Donors:
Amica Companies Foundation
Edgar John Bullard III
David Charak
Chris Gustin & Nancy Train Smith
Kenneth Schaller
Scholarship Fund Donors:
Hannah Cameron
Central Tools, Inc.
Patrick Doust & Richard North
Beth Ann Gerstein
Elizabeth Harvey Levine & Mark Levine
Wendy Jackson
Nancy & Steve Selvin
Paige Wilder

Annual Donors

Click here for the full list of Watershed’s 2016 donors

Summer Student Assistantship Program

Through our Assistantship Program, ceramic art students are selected by their school programs to participate in Watershed’s Summer Residencies. Sponsoring institutions as well as individual donors support this extraordinary opportunity for deserving art students! Click here to learn more about Watershed’s Assistantship Program

University of Arkansas
California College of Art Ceramic Student Assistantship, Gift of the Donna and Ralph Briskin and Evans and John Wyro Families
Columbia College of Missouri
Hartford Art School
Kansas State University
Maryland Institute College of Art
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Ceramic Studio
New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University
Northern Michigan University, School of Art and Design
Oregon College of Art and Craft

Public Agency and Foundation Support

Watershed has benefitted tremendously from past and present support from the following generous public agencies and foundations. 2016 grants are indicated by a * :

The Frances Alexander Foundation
Belvedere Traditional Handcrafts Fund of the Maine Community Foundation*
Blakemore Foundation
Borgenicht Foundation
Davis Family Foundation
Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation, matching gift
Daniel J. and Edith A. Ehrlich Family Foundation
Anne S. Forbes Family Foundation
Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation
LEF Foundation*
National Endowment for the Arts
Maine Arts Commission
Maine Humanities Council
Robert M. McNamara Foundation
Plum Creek Foundation, matching gift
Quimby Family Foundation*
George A. Ramlose Foundation
San Francisco Foundation
Windgate Charitable Foundation*

Business and Organization Sponsors

Many organizations and businesses provide a wide range of support and in-kind donations to Watershed throughout the year. They are an essential part of our community and we thank them! 

Ames True Value
The Anchor

Black Crow Bakery
Boothbay Craft Brewery
Borealis Breads
Cribstone Capital Management
Damariscotta River Grill
Dandelion Spring Farm
El Camino Cantina
The First National Bank
Frontier Café
Hannaford Supermarket
King Eider’s Pub
Edward Knight & Co.
Maine Root

Mae’s Café


Morning Dew Farm
Newcastle Inn

Panera Bread

Red Hook Brewery
Rising Tide Market

Fernalds Country Store
Salt Bay Café
Sarah’s Café

Slate’s Bakery

Solo Bistro

Van Lloyds Bistro
Wild Oats Bakery
Yellowfront Grocery
Watershed Tavern and Boothbay Craft Brewery