Residency Guidelines & Details

Watershed’s two-week Summer Residency 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. Any artist who is comfortable working independently in a clay studio is welcome to apply. Applications open in late fall for the following year and the deadline to apply is February 1. Scholarship awards and session placements are finalized in mid-March.

See below for details on application guidelines, eligibility, housing, fees, and financial support.

Application Overview & Eligibility

Any artist who is comfortable working independently in a ceramics studio may apply for a 2022 Summer Residency. Watershed is committed to creating an equitable and welcoming space for all to explore creative practice. 

Beginning in 2022, Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts is building residency session cohorts through an application-based model, rather than on a first-come, first-served basis. This change reflects our intention to create a more equitable resident artist application process. Through this new model, Watershed can prioritize placements for scholarship recipients and intentionally develop a more representative and inclusive resident artist community.

Selection Criteria: 

  • Watershed endeavors to create sessions that include a mix of emerging, mid-career, and established artists, with preference given to those who have not been to Watershed before. 
  • Consideration will be given to how strongly an artist’s practice and interests relate to the themes of the session(s) for which they apply.

Please note: Instruction is not provided during summer residency sessions. Artists must feel comfortable working independently in a clay studio. Watershed offers workshops for artists looking for instruction in clay.

Application Requirements

In addition to contact information, applicants must submit ten images of recent work, a CV or written description of their experience related to their creative practice, a statement about their work, and a statement of interest explaining why they’d like to take part in a Watershed session. 

  • Application Deadline: February 1, 2022
  • Application Fee: $25


2022 Residency Fees

 All residency fees are subsidized thanks to generous support from our donors. The total cost to support an artist at Watershed for a two-week residency session is more than $3200. Watershed does not require any resident artist to pay this cost in full. The donor-subsidized fee that artists are asked to cover is the combined total of the residency fee and the room and board fee. See below for details.

Financial information will be updated when applications open for the 2023 Summer Residency.

2022 Residency Fee


This fee covers 24-hour access to the studio, glaze room and spray booth, plaster room, and kilns. Artists receive a dedicated studio space and have unlimited use of studio equipment, including tables, wheels, ware boards, slab rollers, an extruder, clay mixers, a pug mill, and plentiful shelving.

2022 Room & Board Fees: 

$700 – $1,600, depending on housing selection and placement. Read more about our housing options in the “Housing and Meals” tab below.

Housing Type Cost Per Person
Double Room / Shared Bath $700
Single Room / Shared Bath $1,000
Double Room / Private Bath $1,300
Single Room / Private Bath $1,600

Material & Firing Fees

Artists pay material fees on a per-use basis. Firing fees are divided among those using the kilns. Artists pay their material and firing fees on the last day of the residency session. Typically, an artist can expect to incur about $200 in material and firing costs. However, this figure varies based on usage.  

Payment Due Dates

  • $200 deposit: Due upon registration after acceptance to a session. The deposit is applied against the residency fee. This is not an additional charge.
  • Half of the remaining balance: due April 15
  • Final payment for Sessions I, II and III: due May 15
  • Final payment for Sessions IV, V, VI: due June 15

Payment methods: Watershed accepts personal checks and credit cards. You may mail a check to 103 Cochran Road, Edgecomb, ME 04556.  Payments via credit card can be made through our online portal.

Refund policy: For cancellations 30 or more days prior to the start of the residency session, a full refund will be given – less the $200 deposit and a $50 processing fee. For cancellations less than 30 days prior to the residency session, no refunds will be given but tuition and fees may be applied to a future residency or workshop within the next year.

Scholarship Awards

Watershed offers a limited number of merit scholarships to provide support for artists attending a session. Funds cover residency fee-related items, including housing, meals, and studio use.

Full scholarships cover all residency fees, along with room and board charges. These awards also include a $100 credit toward material and kiln firing costs incurred through Watershed. Kiln God Awards are open to any artist and Zenobia Awards are available to artists who are Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC). Award recipients are responsible for travel expenses, laundry fees, and any packing/shipping of work.  

Partial scholarships cover up to two-thirds of the session fees. Award recipients are responsible for the remainder of their charges. Awardees must also cover their travel expenses, materials, kiln firings, laundry fees, and any packing/shipping of work.

Applications are reviewed annually by a panel of practicing ceramic artists. Reviewers consider applicants’ dedication to their practice, appropriate fit for the session theme, evidence of artistic merit, and, for applicants who are newer to clay, the degree of promise demonstrated by their work and submitted statements.

Applicants may request award consideration with their residency application and provide supporting materials to determine eligibility. Applications are due February 1 and recipients are notified of their session placements and awards by mid-March.

Housing & Meals

Watershed offers double occupancy rooms and a limited number of single rooms.

During a session, artists live on campus in modern, rustic cabins. Options include single or double occupancy rooms with shared or private baths.

For shared rooms, artists may request a particular roommate or have Watershed assign them a roommate. Please contact us if you have individual questions about roommate assignments and options.

Typically, three to five resident artists share an all-gender bathroom. Bathroom facilities have locks on the doors and can be used by one individual at a time, much like a bathroom in a home.

Rooms with shared baths have twin beds; rooms with private baths are furnished with a full sized bed and a twin bed. When feasible, participating artists should bring their own sheets, blankets and/or comforters. Those who need to rent bedding may do so for a fee of $25. Watershed provides mattress pads and pillows. All rooms have armoires and additional storage for clothing and personal belongings.

Watershed staff do their best to accommodate residents artists’ housing preferences, but single rooms and private bathrooms are limited.


During a session, the Watershed kitchen prepares three meals daily for all resident artists Monday-Friday, breakfast and lunch on Saturday, and brunch and dinner on Sunday. On Saturday nights, artists enjoy dinner off campus.

We source much of our food from nearby organic farms and strive to serve healthy, seasonal meals. For those with dietary restrictions, the Watershed kitchen can prepare vegetarian, gluten free and/or dairy free meals with advance notice. Please note any special dietary needs on your application.

Additional Information

The following links provide further details on how to prepare for and what to expect during a Watershed session: