In light of the coronavirus pandemic, some of Watershed’s Residency General Information has changed. Please carefully read all the information found below. Refer to the Watershed COVID-19 Safety Guidelines for Residential Programs for additional up-to-date information.
ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE TIMES
Participants may arrive any time between 3:00 and 6:00 p.m. on the first day of their session. Artists will receive a brief orientation and dinner on their first night. Artists must plan to depart Watershed by noon on the last day of their session. Watershed is unable to accommodate early arrivals or late departures.
Resident artists are housed in rustic, modern cabins. All rooms are single occupancy and are furnished with twin beds. Bathrooms are shared by a maximum of three artists. Plan to bring sheets, pillows, blankets/comforters, towels and toiletries with you. Watershed can provide these items for an additional fee.
Laundry service is available for an additional fee.
We source much of our food from neighboring farms. Breakfast is from 8:00-9:00 am; lunch is at 12:30; and dinner at 6:30. Meals will be served following Maine CDC Covid safety precautions, including but not limited to individual plates/packaged meals. Vegetarian, gluten free, and/or dairy free meal options are available.
Watershed’s spacious, fully accessible, state-of-the-art studio is tucked into a dale in the woods a short walk down a gently sloping gravel drive from the cabins. The studio, spread over a single story with polished concrete floors and an open plan, accommodates and encourages all manner and scale of ceramic production while fostering interaction and communication between artists.
Resident artists have access to the studio 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It is equipped with slab rollers, pottery wheels, an extruder, clay mixers, a pugmill, sturdy canvas-covered work benches, and plentiful shelving. Generous banks of windows provide both natural light and views of the surrounding woods. All work spaces have access to electrical outlets and the building is internet friendly.
A large glaze room is connected to the exterior Kiln Pad by a covered breezeway providing ample, clean, organized and ventilated work space with easy access to kilns. There is a floor-to-ceiling spray booth with water-curtain filtration.
Also located in the Studio building are a dedicated plaster room, clay mixing area, galley kitchen and a seating area. Just across the dooryard at the Kiln Annex is a wood and metal shop available for use by permission.
On the third night of each session, participating artists traditionally 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.
Due to the pandemic, Watershed is considering alternative opportunities for participating artists to share work safely, either before or during a session.
Watershed’s campus is located on uneven terrain that includes fields, forests, gravel roads, and paths. We provide accessible parking for the dining area, housing, and studio. The studio is fully accessible. To reach most cabins, participants must navigate stairs and paths; however, access to one cabin can be modified to accommodate some disabilities.
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.
Watershed’s glaze room is well stocked with dry materials and equipment for mixing slips and glazes. Additionally, our clay-mixing area is equipped for mixing white or iron-rich clays and is stocked with standard, commercially mined ingredients. We suggest artists anticipating making large batches of clay or glazes contact the Studio Manager prior to arrival to ensure sufficient quantities of material will be available. Commercial glazes, materials and tools are also available by ordering through Portland Pottery.
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).
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. The main campus address is 19 Brick Hill Rd., Newcastle, ME.
Due to the pandemic, Watershed encourages artists-in-residence to travel in their own vehicle to the residency.
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. Please park in the lot to the right of Thompson Hall. The studio 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.
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 and then get a taxi to Watershed. 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.
Due to the pandemic, the campus is closed to guests and visitors. If someone is dropping off or picking up a resident artist, they must remain in their vehicle at all times.
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. The use of illegal drugs while at Watershed is prohibited. Watershed may refuse admission to program participants with a history of unacceptable behavior.
If a participating artist is routinely and/or knowingly not complying with Watershed’s COVID-19 Health and Safety Guidelines, Watershed reserves the right to terminate their stay without refund.
PHONE AND INTERNET
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. Watershed provides wireless internet in the studio and residential cabins.
WHAT TO BRING
- A mask or masks that meet current CDC guidelines
- Toiletries, soap, shampoo, towel
- Sheets, blankets and pillows suitable for a twin size bed
- Clothes for all weather
- Sturdy shoes for studio, and the walk to the studio, which is rough gravel
- Bathing suit
- Umbrella or raincoat
- Bug repellant
- Digital images of your work
- Respirator, safety glasses, work gloves
- Clay/studio tools
Watershed is not responsible for lost or stolen items. Please speak with 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. Most local businesses are offering curbside pickup during the pandemic.