Farm & Fire Fellowship

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, this program will not run in 2021.

Watershed is uniquely situated in a small agricultural valley surrounded by organic farms. We have partnered with our neighbors at Morning Dew Farm to offer a fellowship program that enables college students who are passionate about ceramic art and organic farming to explore their dual interests during a 2 week internship. Fellows gain hands-on experience in the running of an art center and an organic farm while greatly contributing to both operations.

Fellowship participants work approximately 15 hours per week at Watershed and 15 hours per week at Morning Dew Farm. The work at Watershed includes mixing clay and glazes, stacking wood for kiln firings, and helping with kitchen cleanup and grounds maintenance. On the farm, fellows can expect to work in the vegetable gardens helping with planting, weeding, harvesting, and farm maintenance.

Fellows live in resident artist housing (double occupancy rooms with shared bath facilities) and enjoy meals with Watershed artists and staff. They receive dedicated studio space and have unlimited access to the studio in the evenings and on weekends. Materials and firing costs are covered by the fellowship.

The fellowship session occurs in tandem with a Watershed residency session. Fellows will have the opportunity to live and work alongside the artists-in-residence, sharing meals and studio space with the group.

Fellowship qualifications:

  • Current enrollment as a junior or senior in a BFA or BA Program with a concentration in ceramics
  • Ability to perform moderate to heavy physical labor indoors and outdoors in all kinds of weather
  • Experience with or curiosity about the intersections of art, food, and sustainability


Fellows cover the costs of travel to and from Watershed and pay a non-refundable fee of $250 upon acceptance. All other food, housing, studio, material and firing costs are covered by the fellowship.

Annual application deadline: March 31