Salad Days is Watershed’s annual fundraiser that celebrates handmade ceramic work and locally-sourced food. The event draws hundreds of ceramic art appreciators to Watershed every year. The Salad Days Artist-in-Residence is commissioned to produce hundreds of plates or shallow bowls from terracotta clay for the event.
The Salad Days Artist is selected by a panel of professional artists in consultation with Watershed’s staff. The Artist spends seven months from September to April at Watershed producing 450 plates or shallow bowls for the following summer’s Salad Days. They are also commissioned to create approximately 30 small functional or decorative pieces for Watershed’s sustained giving donors. All the work is produced in terracotta and is fired in Watershed’s kilns.
During the residency, the Salad Days Artist receives:
- Free housing in a private room
- Free meals and/or a meal stipend
- A large dedicated studio space
- Free materials and firings
- Opportunities to showcase and sell work
- A $4,000 stipend
The 2022-23 Salad Days Artist residency runs from September 12, 2022 through April 15, 2023, with the Salad Days fundraiser featuring this artists’ plates scheduled for the second weekend in July, 2023. Watershed provides lodging for the Salad Days Artist when they return for the Salad Days event.