Watershed’s founders, board president & director celebrate completion of the Windgate Studio with architect Jane Gleason.
It’s time for Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts to enhance the artist residency experience by improving our campus facilities. The Watershed NOW campaign is creating new spaces that inspire bold artistic practice and community.
Watershed’s programs offer a powerful combination of time, space, and community that has changed artists’ lives and work for more than thirty years. The campus facilities play an integral role in facilitating the “Watershed magic” by providing an environment that sparks growth and connection. Artists share meals, live alongside one another, and enjoy 24-hour studio access in open-concept spaces that inspire informal sharing.
However, some of our current buildings pose a host of challenges, including a lack of full accessibility or security, and no weatherization. While the rustic nature of the studio—which was originally a chicken barn—added a certain charm to the campus, the outdated structure left artists at the mercy of the elements and constrained our program season to late May through September.
NOW is the time for this to change. While residential programs were on hold due to COVID-19, Watershed’s leadership took the essential step to pursue building a new state-of-the-art studio, and to further develop plans for improved dining and staff quarters. The Watershed NOW campaign supports these necessary upgrades which will encourage the growth of artists and our programs for years to come.
Phase I: Project planning, feasibility study and conceptual facility designs, 2015-2017
Phase 2: Purchase and renovation of the Joan Pearson Watkins House, 2018-2019
- This restored historic home holds Watershed’s Barkan Gallery, which offers year-round exhibition, lecture, and event space. Watershed’s administrative offices and retail shop are also located in the house.
Phase 3: Construction of the Studio Annex, 2020
- The Annex includes flexible space for adjunct programs, material storage, and maintenance work.
Phase 4: Windgate Studio, 2020-2021
- The 7,500 square foot studio is weatherized and ADA-compliant, supporting an expanded residency and workshop season. Features include a state-of-the-art filtration and ventilation system, spacious glaze area, custom spray booth, plaster room, and a single-level floor plan offering a seamless transition between studio and kilns.
Phase 5: Campus Commons design and construction, 2022-2023
- The Commons will replace the existing Thompson Hall. The plan includes comfortable dining facilities, a commercial kitchen, and weatherized housing for staff.
Help Watershed continue these important projects!
Windgate Studio features:
- A single-level floor plan designed for ceramic work with easy access to raw materials, kilns, a glaze room, plaster room, and spray booth
- Temperature regulation in all seasons
- Full accessibility and ADA compliance
- 4800 square feet of studio space
- Energy efficiency
- A footprint that can easily expand to incorporate additional studio and programming space in the future.
The Windgate Studio also provides Watershed with flexibility to grow programs and plans that:
- Support artists working on commissions or large scale projects
- Bring (inter)nationally-known guest artists to lead workshops
- Provide opportunities for student groups to make and fire work
- Enable us to collaborate with partner organizations
- Offer space for artists to create and connect throughout the year
- Tap into our limitless potential!
If you would like to learn more about naming opportunities or help to sustain Watershed’s studio needs through an endowment, please contact Fran Rudoff at Frudoff@watershedceramics.org for more information.
Support Watershed’s new studio!
Watershed’s vision to offer year-round programming in fully accessible, cost efficient, and sustainable facilities has been years in the making. We are immensely grateful for the support of individuals and foundations whose gifts and pledges to the Watershed NOW capital campaign have helped bring this vision to life.