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 and Edward Anderson
Kristen Struebing-Beazley
Kate Blacklock
Elizabeth Bothereau
Edgar John Bullard III
David Charak
Joyce Cohen
Jeanne Baker Driscoll
Bruce Dawson and Rose Esson-Dawson
Kathleen Emrich and Robert Sherwood
Brenda Erickson
Claudia Olds Goldie
Carol and Joe Green
Chris Gustin and Nancy Train Smith
Elizabeth Kendall and Steve Howard
Gretchen Keyworth
Lucy Lacoste
David and Clemmer Montague
Catherine Morrison
Michael and Penelope Pollard
Jan and Vic Schachter
Martha Sears and Gary Baker
Nancy and Steve Selvin
Judith and Martin Schwartz
Paul and Konnie Stark
Phyllis Kudder-Sullivan
Don Thomas and Jorge Cao
Sharon Townshend
Bobbie and Rusty Tunnard
Tim Zajac

Special Exhibitions Fund

The Hope and Mel Barkan Special Exhibitions Program

Kiln God Donors

At Watershed, our Kiln Gods are generous donors who provide financial support for a ceramic artist to attend a residency at Watershed. Kiln God 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.

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:

Lois and Edward Anderson
David Charak
Lynn Duryea
Kathleen Emrich and Robert Sherwood
Carol and Joe Green
Elizabeth Harvey Levine and Mark Levine
Marjorie Levy and Larry Lancaster
The Manning Foundation, Laura and Richard Sean Manning
Penelope and Michael Pollard
Martha Sears and Gary Baker
Cheryl and Bruce Tall
Nancy Train Smith and Chris Gustin

Annual Donors

Click here for the full list of Watershed’s 2015 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

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

Public Agency and Foundation Support

Watershed has benefitted tremendously from past and present support from the following generous public agencies and foundations. 2015 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

Watershed would like to thank Shimpo Ceramics for their generous donation of electric wheels to the Watershed studios. 

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!

  • Aboca Beads
  • Amoré Bistro
  • Anchor Inn
  • The Art Fair Company, Inc.
  • Bailey Pottery Equipment and Ceramic Supplies
  • Barrel’s Community Market
  • Baxter Tea Company
  • Black Crow Bakery
  • Boothbay Harbor Rotary Club
  • Boothbay Lobster Wharf
  • Borealis Breads
  • Center for Maine Craft
  • Cod Cove Inn
  • Colby & Gale, Inc.
  • Crissy’s Breakfast and Coffee Bar
  • Damariscotta River Grill
  • Dandelion Spring Farm
  • Downeast Energy
  • Michael Dunn Antiques
  • The First: A Division of the First Bancorp
  • D.L. Geary Brewing Company
  • Georgetown Pottery
  • Gleason Fine Art
  • Gold Smith Gallery
  • Hannaford Supermarket & Pharmacy
  • Hatchet Cove Farm
  • King Eider’s Pub
  • Edward L. Knight Insurance
  • Laguna Clay Company
  • Laura Cabot Catering
  • Leslie Ceramics
  • Longfellow’s Greenhouse
  • Maine Root
  • Metcalf’s
  • Michael Dunn Antiques
  • Morning Dew Farm
  • Newcastle Inn
  • Newcastle Publik House
  • Panera Bread
  • Puffin’s Nest
  • Redhook Brewing
  • Rising Tide Community Market
  • Rocktide Inn
  • Romeos Pizza
  • S. Fernald’s Country Store
  • Salt Bay Trading Co.
  • Sarah’s Café
  • Sawyer Street Studios, Pottery and Clay Sculpture
  • Seawicks Candle Company
  • Selah Tea Cafe
  • Shaw’s Supermarket
  • Snow Squall Inn
  • Stable Gallery
  • Standard Ceramic Supply
  • Stars Fine Jewelry and Gifts
  • Straw Farm
  • Sylvan Gallery
  • Tom’s of Maine
  • Treats
  • Yellowfront Grocery