Summer Residency General Info


Participants may arrive any time between noon and 6 p.m. on the first day of their session. A brief orientation will follow dinner. Artists must plan to depart Watershed by noon on the last day of their session. We unfortunately cannot accommodate early arrivals or late departures.


Resident artists are housed in rustic, modern cabins. Single and double rooms with shared baths have two twin beds. Cabins with private baths have one full and one twin bed. Plan to bring sheets, towels and toiletries with you. Watershed provides pillows and comforters. Laundry facilities are available in the nearby towns of Wiscasset and Damariscotta.

Visit the housing and fees page to read more about your accommodation options.


We source much of our food from neighboring farms. Breakfast is self-serve, from 8-9 am. Lunch is at 12:30 and dinner at 6:30; both are served buffet-style. We have found meals to be an important part of the Watershed experience and ask that you plan to eat at Watershed on a regular basis. Three meals a day are served Monday through Friday. Saturday is the cook’s day off, so resident artists may eat leftovers during the day but should plan to eat off campus that evening (it’s a great time to go out for lobster as a group). There are many restaurants in the area to fit a variety of budgets for residents to choose from. Brunch is served on Sunday mornings, followed by dinner that evening. 

Watershed meals always include a vegetarian option, and if you let us know in advance, we can make gluten free and dairy free accommodations.  Artists with additional dietary restrictions may store supplemental food in the fridge and pantry.


Spacious and rustic, the studio is housed in an old brick factory, located about a tenth of a mile from the residential cabins. Artists may drive their cars from the upper campus to the studio or choose to walk down the dirt road. The ground floor of the studio houses Watershed’s glaze room and connects to the kiln pad.  All studio spaces are located on the second floor up a flight of stairs.

The area surrounding the factory consists of woods and open fields, and offers an excellent opportunity to do site-specific work. Please contact Reeder Fahnestock, our studio manager, at for information on outdoor work.

Available equipment includes: Soldner and Bluebird clay mixers; pug mill; potters wheels, both electric and kick – artists are welcome to bring their own wheels; a slab roller; Brent extruder; various wood and metal cutting and fabrication tools.


On the first Tuesday night of each session, participating artists share images of their work during 5-minute, informal talks. While this is an optional activity, we encourage participating artists to take part. Watershed has found that these talks promote an atmosphere of open communication and enables participating artists to get to know one another at the beginning of their sessions.


Watershed’s campus is located on uneven terrain that includes fields, forests, gravel roads, and paths. We provide accessible parking for the dining hall, housing, and studios, but participants must navigate stairs and paths to reach the residential cabins. The studio space is located on the second floor of a large barn and does not have an elevator.

Watershed will make every effort to provide appropriate housing and program access to people with known disabilities to the degree possible without posing an undue hardship for the organization. People with disabilities are responsible for requesting appropriate accommodations and helping Watershed assess how best to assist them. Please contact us to discuss any accessibility questions or needs.


A hillside of local earthenware brick clay of exceptional color is available to all residents. It is raked from the hillside, sifted through a screen, then wet mixed in a Soldner mixer with the addition of small amounts of ball and fire clay.

Watershed clay may be purchased for $17.50 per 25lb bag. Other clay and glaze materials can be purchased by the pound or gram. Click here for a list of materials that Watershed stocks (prices subject to change). Materials are also available through Portland Pottery Supply. You can place an order with Portland Pottery in advance of your arrival and Watershed will pick it up, usually on the first full day of your session. Participants may bring their own glazes and slips pre-mixed if they wish.


Firing facilities include a wide range of electric, gas and wood kilns. Firing fees will be divided between those artists using the kilns. Click here for the current list of kilns and firing fees (prices subject to change). We encourage once-firing (green glazing), and our low fire slips and glazes have been once-fire tested.


Materials and supplies may be shipped ahead of your arrival date. Please ship all items to yourself c/o: Watershed Center, 19 Brick Hill Rd, Newcastle, ME 04553. Artists unable to take their work home with them must make their own shipping arrangements. The Watershed staff does not pack or ship work.


Watershed Center is located in Newcastle/Edgecomb, Maine, 50 miles northeast of Portland. Watershed is just off Route 1, one and one half miles northeast of Wiscasset. Our address is 19 Brick Hill Rd., Newcastle, ME.

Directions by Car

From the South:

  • Take I-95 (Maine Turnpike) North to I-295, exit 44. This takes you through Portland. Note that this is NOT the Maine Turnpike at this point.
  • Follow I-295 North to exit 28 for Brunswick. As you exit I-295 at Brunswick you will be on U.S. Route 1 North.
  • Follow Route 1 through Brunswick, Bath, and Wiscasset.
  • After crossing the Wiscasset bridge, continue one mile to Cochran Road on your left- at the top of a hill, just past the Route 27 turn-off to Boothbay.
  • Turn left onto Cochran Rd., just before Skip Cahill Sunoco Station.*

From the North:

  • Watershed is about 8 miles South of Damariscotta/Newcastle via Rt. 1.
  • Take a right on Cochran Road, at the top of the hill just past Skip Cahill Sunoco Station.

*Watershed’s driveway is seven-tenths of a mile along Cochran on the right, marked by a sign. The first building on the right is Thompson Hall, which includes summer staff housing, the kitchen and dining room. Please park in the lot to the right of Thompson Hall. The studio (old factory building) is 1/4 mile further on the gravel road to the right off behind the residence. The farm barn behind the residence building is not part of Watershed.

By Air/Bus

The Portland International Jetport is about an hour’s drive from Watershed. You can get from the Portland airport to Watershed via the taxi services listed below. Call at least 24-48 hours ahead with your flight information. The limovan cost is about $70, each additional person is $10 if two or more people book together. 

  • Twin Village Taxi (207) 380-0050
  • Platinum Plus Taxi (207) 443-9166
  • MidCoast Limo (800) 937-2424.

You can also fly into Boston/Logan airport and catch the Concord Coach bus to Damariscotta, Maine. There are 2 scheduled runs up the coast daily to from Boston to Damariscotta during the summer, with a stop in Portland, ME for those wishing to take the bus from Portland. Check online or call Concord Coachlines at (800) 639-3317 for current fares & schedule info for (Logan airport, South Station, or Portland, ME) to Damariscotta, Maine. 

 A Watershed staff member can pick you up at the Concord Coach bus stop in Damariscotta if you schedule a pickup with us ahead of time.


Guests are welcome on campus. Please let the staff know in advance if you are expecting company. Guests may eat meals on campus for a fee of $8 for breakfast, $12 for lunch, $15 for dinner.  Please let the kitchen know at least a day in advance if you plan to have visitors at meals so they can plan accordingly.

Family members and friends are welcome to visit but may not stay with participating artists for the duration of the residency. If you reserve a single room during your stay, you are welcome to have overnight guests for a maximum of two nights. Children must be supervised at all times. There is an overnight fee of $35 per night for guests.


Please leave your pets at home. 


Watershed reserves the right to dismiss any program participant, without refund, for behavior that is unsafe or disruptive to the community. Watershed may refuse admission to program participants with a history of unacceptable behavior.

The use of illegal drugs while at Watershed is prohibited.


The office phone number is (207) 882-6075 and may be used by residents with permission or in case of emergency. Cell service on campus varies by provider. Verizon and US Cellular have the best reception, AT&T sometimes works, and T-Mobile and Sprint are often spotty.  Watershed provides wireless internet in Thompson Hall and the residential cabins, but not in the studio.


  • Toiletries – soap, shampoo, towels

  • Sheets- twin size for rooms with shared baths, full or twin for rooms with private baths
  • Clothes for all weather – the weather in Maine is very unpredictable
  • Sturdy shoes – for studio, and the walk to the studio, which is rough gravel

  • Bathing suit

  • Umbrella or raincoat

  • Flashlight

  • Bug repellant (VERY IMPORTANT)

  • Camera

  • Digital images of your work for slide nights

  • Respirator, safety glasses, work gloves (If you have these things, you will want to bring your own!)

  • Clay/studio tools


Watershed is not responsible for lost or stolen items.  Please see the office staff if you have valuables that you would like to keep in a secure place. 


There are hardware stores, a discount department store, and a lumber yard in nearby Wiscasset and Damariscotta. If you forget anything you can probably find it here.