K12 Educator Workshop with Matthew Dercole

Join Watershed’s Studio Manager Matthew Dercole for a 1-day Raku Workshop! Open to K-12 Art Educators, this session will cover the general practice of firing ceramics in a raku kiln and how to explore this firing technique with students. Participants will help load, fire and unload the kiln two times. Watershed will provide raku glazes and materials for combustion. Other organic material can be collected around campus, but bringing your own organic material is encouraged!

July 19, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Watershed Main Campus
19 Brick Hill Road, Newcastle, ME
Maine K-12 Educator Fee: $40


Workshop Details

  • The workshop will run from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Please arrive at the studio by 8:45 a.m. as instruction will begin promptly.  Watershed’s main campus address is: 19 Brick Hill Road, Newcastle, ME
  • Watershed will provide lunch. Gluten free, vegetarian and vegan diets can be accommodated.  Those with additional dietary needs may bring supplemental food that can be stored in the studio refrigerator or kitchen. 
  • Participants must agree to follow Watershed’s health & safety guidelines. Read them here.
  • Upon completion of the workshop, Watershed will provide participants with proof of contact hours. 

About Matthew

Matthew recently moved from Hartford, CT where he taught ceramics at the University of Hartford. Now Watershed’s Studio and Facilities Manager, Matthew received his MFA in Ceramics from the University of Iowa. He has held positions as Work Study at the Clay Studio in Philadelphia, and studio staff at Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts. He has participated as Artist in Residence at the Lux Center for the Arts in Lincoln NE, Lillstreet Art Center in Chicago IL, and Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg TN. Matthew has worked for artist Theaster Gates and has held Instructor positions in ceramics at multiple art centers and universities across the US. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including museums in Spain, Croatia, South Korea and Slovenia.

What to Bring

  • 8-10 small bisque pieces (no larger than 8″ in any direction)
  • Sturdy cotton work clothes
  • Sturdy close-toed shoes
  • Eye protection / safety glasses
  • Leather gloves
  • Experimental organic* combustibles (horse hair, flowers, ferns)
  • Notebook and writing utensil


* Combustibles MUST be organic matter. No plastics, metals or chemicals can be fired.

Payments & Refunds

  • Payment is due online with registration.
  • Watershed can provide you with a receipt to submit for reimbursement.
  • Registration fees are refundable until 60 days prior to the workshop. For cancellations made fewer than 60 days prior to the workshop, the fee can be credited toward a program in the next calendar year.