Posts Categorized: General

2022 Summer Residency Recap

As the golden light of September evenings gives way to shadows earlier each day, we find ourselves reflecting on a most memorable summer residency season. Over the past three months, nearly one hundred artists joined us from thirty-one states and eight countries. They ranged in age from twenty to seventy-two and brought a breadth of… Read more »

Executive Director Fran Rudoff to Retire

Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts Board of Trustees announces that Executive Director Fran Rudoff will retire in early 2023. Rudoff began her tenure as Watershed’s executive director in 2013. During her time leading the organization, she spearheaded substantial improvements and additions to the campus. Under her guidance, the Center’s Watershed NOW capital campaign has… Read more »

Interview with Grace Tessein

During the early days of the pandemic, 2022 Salad Days Artist Grace Tessein found herself seeking opportunities to spend time in nature. While hiking near her home in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, she collected broken eggshells from hatched birds, feathers, animal bone fragments, flowers, and leaves. Tessein illustrated the surfaces of her ceramic work with the… Read more »

Bill Daley: A Remembrance

In this guest post, Watershed co-founder Lynn Duryea shares memories of artist William P. Daley and recounts his connection to Watershed. Daley passed away on January 16, 2022. When I think of Bill Daley, the word devotion comes to mind. Devotion to his family, his friends, his work, his teaching, his spiritual life. He was… Read more »

Watershed & The Color Network Receive $35,000 NEA Grant

Watershed and The Color Network (TCN) are partnering for a second year to offer an artist residency focused on mentor-mentee relationship building among artists of color who work in clay. This summer, sixteen artists who are part of TCN’s mentorship program will gather in person for a two-week residency. The session will be funded in… Read more »

What Watershed Offers Artists

As we weather life during COVID-19 and grow into a new studio, Outreach and Communications Director Claire Brassil shares thoughts on Watershed’s trajectory and the values that will shape our next chapter. Over the past year, the Watershed campus underwent a sea change. Because of — rather than in spite of — the pandemic, we… Read more »

Reflections From the 2021 Residency Season

    As summer’s humid air lifts and the days grow shorter, we find ourselves reflecting on the 2021 residency season and the artists who formed our campus community. After years of planning and months of construction, we welcomed artists into the new Windgate Studio in June. Together, we launched a new era at Watershed… Read more »

Interview with Salad Days Artist Kari Woolsey

  When Kari Woolsey signed on to make 550 plates for Watershed’s 2020 Salad Days celebration, none of us anticipated that a world-wide pandemic would bring public gatherings to a sudden halt. While we look forward to hosting our fundraiser in person again, we’re thrilled to offer a highlight of Salad Days this year by… Read more »

Factory Reflections From Reeder

For the past thirteen years, Watershed Studio Manager Reeder Fahnestock bore witness to the ever-changing organism that was the “Factory” – Watershed’s original studio that welcomed artists for 35 years. In this guest post, Reeder shares his abiding memories and indelible connection to this special space and reflects on the hopeful promise of the new… Read more »

Watershed and The Color Network receive $30,000 National Endowment for the Arts Grant

Watershed was recently awarded a $30,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to support a three-week artist residency organized by members of The Color Network (TCN). TCN supports BIPOC artists working in clay by providing resources, visibility, and professional development opportunities. They are also building a mentorship pipeline that links experienced and emerging… Read more »