Founded in 1986, Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts is a nonprofit organization that serves as a nexus for artists who create with clay. We foster the growth of ceramic artists at all career stages via residencies, workshops, educational programs, and public events.
Watershed’s residency model prioritizes the development of creative community. In the summer and fall, small groups of artists from across the US and abroad come to our 54-acre campus for two to four-week sessions. Artists work alongside one another in an open-concept studio, forging lasting personal and professional connections.
Annually, Watershed reaches more than 2,000 adults and youth through our community outreach programs. Contemporary leaders in ceramics facilitate our guest artist workshops, and groups of regional artists regularly make use of Watershed’s extensive atmospheric kiln facilities. Our professional development workshops for K-12 art educators enable Maine teachers to provide quality ceramic art instruction for students across the state, and our youth education program links talented teaching artists with classrooms. Watershed also welcomes the public to learn about ceramic art and artists via exhibitions, celebrations, and artist talks.