Maine Craft Weekend

Every year during the first weekend in October, Watershed welcomes visitors to campus for Maine Craft Weekend. This annual event offers an opportunity to explore art and craft studios throughout the state. Special Watershed events include kiln openings, pottery sales, exhibition opening receptions, studio tours, artist talks and more. Sample events from 2022 are listed below.

Exhibition Opening: Mentors + Apprentices

Friday, September 30
5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Watershed’s Barkan Gallery
103 Cochran Road, Edgecomb, ME

Weekdays, October 3 – 24
1:30 – 4:30 p.m. and by appointment

Join us to celebrate the culmination of the 2022 Craft Apprentice Program (CAP), featuring work by the participating mentors and apprentices. CAP, offered by Maine Crafts Association (MCA) and Maine Arts Commission, is a seven-month intensive in-studio learning opportunity for apprentices who demonstrate a commitment to furthering their craft practice, and mentors who meet standards of excellence and interest in sharing knowledge and experience. CAP celebrates the mentor/apprentice relationship as a way to generate creative entrepreneurship and envision a sustainable and resilient craft sector for Maine.

Tim Christensen & Lisa Shepperd, ceramics
Emily O’Neil & Grace Foxen, fiber arts
Siem van der Ven & Jennifer Connor, ceramics
Alice Seeger & Amanda Affleck, fiber arts
Tyler Gulden & Rachel Herzer, ceramics

Pottery Sale

Work by Tim Christensen

Saturday, October 1
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Watershed Main Campus
19 Brick Hill Road, Newcastle, ME

Artists Tim Christensen, Janna DeWan, Zachary Fields, Ellie Barnet, and Aidan Fraser will sell freshly-finished pottery at Watershed’s studio this Saturday.

Artists taking part in Watershed’s Fall Residency will also have work for sale. Get to know these ceramists from Maine and around the country and take home a new handmade treasure.


Artist Talk

Siem van der Ven and Jennifer Connor; photo courtesy of the Maine Craft Association.

Siem van der Ven & Jennifer Connor
Saturday, October 1 at 1:00 p.m.
Watershed’s Barkan Gallery
103 Cochran Road, Edgecomb, ME

Join ceramists Siem van der Ven and Jennifer Connor as they share how their creative practices and goals took shape as a mentor-apprentice pair during the seven-month Craft Apprentice Program (CAP). View their work on exhibit in the Barkan Gallery and learn more about the benefits, surprises, and rewards of participation in CAP.



Studio Tour

Saturday, October 1 at 12:00 p.m.
Watershed’s Windgate Studio
19 Brick Hill Road, Newcastle, ME

Tour our new 7,500 sq. ft. studio with Watershed Executive Director Fran Rudoff and Studio Manager Reeder Fahnestock. Learn about Watershed’s storied history and roots as a brick factory to appreciate our facility’s evolution from repurposed chicken barn to expansive state-of-the-art ceramics space.