Posts Categorized: General

5 Reasons to Organize a Residency

Every year, several of Watershed’s summer residency sessions are organized by artists—who propose a theme related to clay and recruit several other artists to join them for a 2-week residency. We call these Artists Invite Artist (AIA) sessions. The lead artist and group of invited artists collectively shape a creative retreat without the pressure and… Read more »

Meet Liz Hafey: Watershed’s 2016 Salad Days Artist

Liz Hafey spent last summer at Watershed, making over 500 plates for this year’s Salad Days.  Liz completed her BFA at Massachusetts College of Art in 2013 and earned a post baccalaureate certificate from UMass Darmouth in 2014. She spent the following year participating in residencies at Truro Center for the Arts in Massachusetts and… Read more »

Exploring the Figure: Creative Growth and Expression

Summer Residency Session VI, August 14-26, has been organized by Lisa Merida-Paytes and will feature guest artist Kelly Rathbone.  Paytes shared insights into the development of the session theme and the plans she has for the residency.  When I proposed this residency, I had three things in mind; to escape the daily practices that overwhelmed… Read more »

Reflections on the Farm & Fire Fellowship

Last July, Rebecca Zucker lived and worked at Watershed and neighboring Dandelion Spring Farm as part of our new Farm & Fire Fellowship program. The fellowship enables college juniors and seniors to explore their dual interests in farming and ceramic art while living at Watershed. Zucker and two other fellows spent half their workdays assisting… Read more »

Bringing Bricks to Life

  This past fall, artist and architect Tim Mitchell paid homage to Watershed’s history as a waterstruck brick making facility by creating a body of work based on the old wooden brick molds found piled high on the ground floor of the Watershed studio. Mitchell developed an interest in the molds as a summer artist-in-residence… Read more »

Ceramics In Nature: Guest Post by Lisa Conway

Watershed summer sessions are starting to fill but there is still space available in most sessions! Over the coming weeks, each session’s leader will be guest blogging about the upcoming 2016 residency that they have organized.  Our first post comes from Lisa Conway, leader of Summer Session II: Ceramics in Nature, from June 19 to… Read more »

Happy New Year From Watershed!

Dear Friends,  Ceramic artists create objects so central to our lives. You know how gratifying it is to savor your morning coffee or tea in a cup that fits perfectly in your hand, serve a meal on hand-made plates and platters, or engage friends in conversation inspired by a sculpture and its story.   Like… Read more »

2015 By-The-Numbers

In 2015, how many… …cords of wood did Watershed burn?  …dozens of eggs were eaten by resident artists? …pounds of clay got used in the studio? Click here to learn what happened at Watershed by-the-numbers last year.  

Opportunities for K-12 Ceramics Teachers

On Friday, December 4, Watershed brought together twenty-five Maine art educators for a workshop on ceramic surface printing techniques to use in the classroom. Workshop leader (and Watershed alum!) Hope Rovelto shared low-tech, cost effective methods for image-transfers and direct printing onto clay that educators can easily incorporate into their curriculum.   Support for the… Read more »