Watershed’s summer sessions provide artists with time and space to step away from their daily routines, immerse themselves in their creative practices, and connect with other artists working in clay. Any artist who is comfortable working independently in a clay studio may apply.
Find the 2022 summer session descriptions and the list of artists anchoring each session below. After finding a session that resonates with you, visit the application information and residency guidelines page to learn more and submit your application.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 1, 2022
Session I: Biomorphic Idyll, June 6-17
Session Organizer: Meaghan Gates
With: Angela Cunningham, Jonathan Kusnerek, Coleton Lunt, Lori Phillips, Sasha Koozel Reibstein & RJ Sturgess
Using Watershed’s 54-acre campus as a backdrop, this session brings together artists whose work references biology and the natural world. Participants will explore their practices, which may include representational, abstract, functional, and performance-based work with ties to nature, science, and place.
Session II: Material Intersections, June 20-July 1
With: Melanie Daniel, Susan Gregory, Philippe Hyojung Kim, Nadia Stieglitz, Maria White & Claire Whitehurst
Join a group of artists interested in the parallels and intersections between painting and ceramic work. Organized by artists originally trained as painters who have broadened their practices to include sculpting in clay, the session provides an opportunity for collaboration and independent work focused on process, surface, materiality, and deepening an understanding of color interaction.
Watershed welcomes artists with a background in clay and in other media to join the session. Comfort working independently in a clay studio is necessary. Contact us if you would like more information regarding the session and working in the studio.
Session III: Resisting: Surface & Form, July 4-15
From analog methods, such as wax and hand-cut stencils, to digitally cut vinyl and decals, resists take many forms in contemporary ceramic practice. Explore new ways to create rich and layered surfaces using a variety of techniques during this session that prioritizes idea sharing, collaboration, and exploration.
Participants can plan to experiment with tools and materials such as laser and die cut paper and vinyl stencils, shellac, latex, and wax resist. A Klick ‘n Kut die cutter capable of cutting a wide range of materials and a Thermofax for easy screens for printing will be also be available in the studio.
Please note, Salad Days takes place during this session on Saturday, July 9.
Session IV: Soda Pop! July 18-29
Through a combination of chemistry and artistry, explore how ceramic surfaces may “pop” when applied colors and other materials react in an atmospheric kiln. Experiment with ways that slips, clays, engobes, glazes, oxides, and stains behave in a soda firing, and investigate post-firing surface enhancement methods, including encaustic wax media.
This session will involve multiple firings of Watershed’s cone 10 soda kilns; participants are encouraged to bring small to medium-sized bisque ware and tiles to jump start the test firing process.
Session V: Clay in Other Frames, August 1-12
Session Organizer: Dan Gunn
This session provides an opportunity for interdisciplinary artists who utilize ceramics in their practices to experiment alongside one another. Artists anchoring the session make use of clay in sculptural assemblage and installation, and deploy ceramic work in sets or performance props. By bringing their experience in other media to bear, the group will dive into novel approaches to clay bodies and ways of working with the medium. Any artist who is comfortable working independently in a clay studio is welcome to join this interdisciplinary session focused on supportive idea-sharing and community.