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Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts

May 20, 2021

Summer workshop offering for K-12 Art Educators

July 19 – 23 – $15 per session

Join teaching artists Martha Grover, Reeder Fahnestock, Liz Proffetty and Malley Weber in Watershed’s new studio for a week of learning and exploring with clay. Each day-long workshop will provide Maine art educators with an opportunity to develop and refine clay-based skills that can be used in the classroom. Workshops will cover surface decoration, Raku firing, slip casting, mold-making, and altering forms. Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts is located in Newcastle, Maine.

Sign up for one workshop or join for all four!

Session I: Open Studio

Monday, July 19, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Enjoy a day of guided independent practice in Watershed’s new state-of-the-art studio! Teaching artists Liz Proffetty and Malley Weber will demonstrate surface decoration techniques to explore in your work and Studio Manager Reeder Fahnestock will provide a tour of the facility. You’ll have the option to work on the wheel and/or experiment with hand building. Clay and glaze materials will be provided.

Session II: Techniques for Altering Forms

Tuesday, July 20, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Discover the idiosyncrasies of working with porcelain on and off the wheel as guest instructor Martha Grover demonstrates how to make her signature undulating functional forms.  Working with a variety of bottomless wheel-thrown forms and slabs in both the soft and leather-hard stages, Martha will demonstrate various altering techniques and additions of slabs, handles, and spouts to create an assortment of functional forms. Forms will include cups, bowls, vases, pitchers, lidded forms, and baskets.  The session will include demonstrations and hands-on studio time with support from Martha. Clay will be provided.

Session III: Raku Firing #1

Wednesday, July 21, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Join Watershed Studio Manager Reeder Fahnestock to experience the drama of Raku. The small group of six participants will fire Watershed’s new commercial propane-fired kiln and learn about the steps needed for a successful Raku firing. 

During the workshop, Watershed staff will be available to talk about options for bringing students to Watershed for a Raku experience during the 2021-2022 school year.

Please bring 6 -10 small to medium sized bisque pieces of work to fire.  Watershed will provide glazes.

Participants are encouraged to view Watershed’s new Raku video and review the guidelines for Raku firing at Watershed. 

This session is limited to six participants. We want to offer the opportunity to participate in a Raku firing for as many  as possible. If you already registered for the Friday Raku firing, please do not sign up for this one as well.

Session IV: Plaster Molds & Slip Casting

Thursday, July 22, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Learn to make one-piece plaster and bisque molds to be used for decorating and embellishing ceramic objects, or simply as objects themselves. Session leader and Watershed Studio Manager Reeder Fahnestock will discuss how to select or make objects from which multiples can be reproduced in clay; how to prepare objects to be molded; how to prepare clay for use as mold material; how to mix and pour plaster for mold making; as well as how to make, and then use, the molds.

Participants should bring one or two small items from which they think they might want to make a mold. Reed will discuss the suitability of the objects with participants. Objects will also be on hand from which participants may make molds. This should be considered a hands-on workshop and participants may anticipate taking several molds home with them.

Session V: Raku Firing #2

Friday, July 23, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Join Watershed Studio Manager Reeder Fahnestock to experience the drama of Raku. The small group of six participants will fire Watershed’s new commercial propane-fired kiln and learn about the steps needed for a successful Raku firing. 

During the workshop, Watershed staff will be available to talk about options for bringing students to Watershed for a Raku experience during the 2021-2022 school year.

Please bring 6 -10 small to medium sized bisque pieces of work to fire.  Watershed will provide glazes.

Participants are encouraged to view Watershed’s new Raku video and review the guidelines for Raku firing at Watershed. 

This session is limited to six participants. We want to offer the opportunity to participate in a Raku firing for as many as possible. If you already registered for the Wednesday Raku firing, please do not sign up for this one as well.

REGISTRATION

Workshop Details (for all sessions) 

  • Payment for workshops is due online with registration. Watershed can provide you with a receipt to submit for reimbursement.
  • Watershed will offer a light breakfast and lunch during the workshops. Food will be individually served outside under tents.
  • Dinners and overnight accommodations on campus will not be available.  Participants will be responsible for dinners and arranging their own overnight accommodations.
  • See our FAQs for a list of area lodging options.
  • Watershed will provide proof of contact hours for participants.

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Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts

March 26, 2021

2021 Residency: Open Studio Sessions

This year, Watershed is pleased to offer two residency sessions for artists interested in spending time in a small creative community. Each Open Studio Session is three weeks in length, offering ample time to make work in their new studio.

  • Session I: July 26 to August 13, 2021
  • Session II: August 23 to September 10, 2021

The sessions will provide a retreat-like atmosphere where artists can connect and create. Any artist who is comfortable working independently in a clay studio is welcome to participate. In a departure from Watershed’s usual Summer Residency, the 2021 Open Studio Sessions do not have themes. Artists will have the opportunity to pursue an independent path of inquiry in the company of other makers.

Scholarships are available. These include Zenobia Awards for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) artists, along with Kiln God Awards, which are open to all. Apply for financial support by April 15!

2019 AIR Caroline Ennis

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Watershed Resources

November 18, 2020

New resources are now available about finding, processing, and creating with native Maine clay. With support from the Maine Arts Commission and the Anonimo Foundation, Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts education team has created resources for teachers, students, and makers interested in working with clay found in Maine’s great outdoors. Follow the link below to access videos and tutorials on digging and processing glacial marine clay.  

The videos feature Watershed and Maine Arts Commission Teaching Artist Malley Weber.

The Maine Clay Tutorials are interesting and creative, I’m sure you and your students will learn from them and enjoy them.

Artist Malley Weber
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6th Annual Student Ceramics Exhibition

January 6, 2020

Save the date

7TH Annual Maine Statewide High School and Junior High Ceramic Arts Show – Susan Pearson Watkins House

Watershed Ceramics, Newcastle

Exhibition Dates:  April 11 – May 8, 2020

Awards Ceremony: April 11 at 2pm

Opening weekend will be April 10-11, 2020 with awards reception TBD

Show closes weekend of May 8-10, 2020

Each school can submit a total of two pieces:

1 utilitarian clay piece

1 sculptural clay piece

The intention is to have each art department select the two pieces that they feel represent the strengths of their clay program. Entry is free.

Once the pieces (or piece) have been selected; please enter the required information on the google form found below.

Drop off the artwork.

To Russell Kahn

At Camden Hills Regional High School

25 Keelson Drive, Rockport, Maine 04856

Between March 30 to April 3, 2020.

Contact Russell to arrange a drop off time: (207)-322-6168

or Watershed Ceramics : Attn. Trelawney O’Brien

103 Cochran Road; Edgecomb, ME 04556

Drop off the work to Watershed Monday March 30 to Thursday April 2, and April 6 & 7 during office hours from 9am to 5pm.

*Office Phone is 207-882-6075

Attend the Reception and Award Ceremony!

Saturday at the Joan Pearson Watkins House, Watershed Ceramics, Edgecomb ME April 11th 2020. Reception is from 1-3pm. Award Ceremony is at 2pm. We are planning on having prizes that have been donated by local educational and artistic organizations to recognize the quality ceramic work that is created in our high schools and Jr. High Schools in the state of Maine.

Pick up artwork:

Russell Kahn

Camden Hills Regional High School

25 Keelson Drive

Rockport, Maine 04856

Contact Russell ruskahn@gmail.com or (207)-236-7800 x475

or Contact: Trelawney O’Brien

Phone: 207-882-6075

Email: tobrien@watershedceramics.org

*Please note that you will need to coordinate a pick up between 9am and 5pm M-TH.

Pick up dates: May 11-14

*If there is a problem picking up the work at that time please contact Russell Kahn and make other arrangements.

Exhibition Dates

April 11 – May 8, 2020

Opening Reception:

Saturday April 11, 2020, 1-3:00 p.m.

*Awards Ceremony is at 2pm

Any questions, you can reach Russell Kahn at 207-322-6168

or ruskahn@gmail.com

By submitting work, students, parents and school agree to have the images of the work used for future promotions.  Also, Watershed Ceramics, Russell Kahn, and anyone else involved with the show shall not be held responsible for broken ceramic pieces during shipping or the duration of the show.

THE QUICK CHECKLIST

1. Select the clay pieces: two pieces 1 sculptural + 1 utilitarian

2. Enter the information: 7th Annual Statewide Ceramics Exhibition

3. Drop off the work to Russell Kahn: Monday March 30 to April 3

4. Drop off the work to Russell: by individual appointment

5. Drop off work to Watershed Ceramics: Monday March 30 till Thursday April 2 (please call 207-882-6075)

6. Attend the Reception: Saturday April 11, 1 – 3pm, Awards Ceremony at 2pm

7. Pick up the work: contact Russell Kahn at ruskahn@gmail.com or (207)322-6168

or Trelawney O’Brien at tobrien@watershedceramics.org or (207)882-6075

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Watershed Workshops

January 23, 2019

Ceramic workshops for educators

Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts located in Newcastle, ME is excited to offer two workshops for k-12 ceramic art educators in 2019. Both opportunities have grant support for teachers to participate at a significant discount. Follow the links below to info on the workshops.
Funding to support participation in either workshop is available for any Maine k-12 art educator who teaches ceramics at an accredited school. Space is limited in both workshops, so sign up soon to reserve your spot. There are three scholarship spots for the May workshop and fifteen scholarship spots for teachers in the July workshop.
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Ceramic Educators Workshop

October 13, 2018

November 30

Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts is hosting a workshop for Maine K-12 ceramic art educators on November 30th from 9 am to 3 pm at Hallowell Clay Works. This workshop offers a great opportunity to fine tune your wheel throwing and glazing skills. Follow THIS LINK for the details on the workshop and sign up.

There is room for 16 participants so the recommendation is to register early, as these workshops tend to fill fast! While the workshop focuses on the fundamentals, it will not be appropriate for novices. Experience working on the wheel is required. Questions? Contact Claire Brassil at cbrassil@watershedceramics.org. Claire is the Outreach and Communications Director for Watershed.
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Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts

July 30, 2016

Art teachers soaking it in

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Teaching Artist Malley Weber

I had the privilege of visiting the Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts earlier this week and it was such a treat. A dozen art teachers creating individually and at the same time collaboratively – sharing their knowledge and soaking up the wisdom of each other. In my undergraduate program I had a ceramics focus so the smell of the clay environment, the feel of the clay in my hands, coupled with the buzz of teachers, enlightened all my senses. And right before my eyes was the center of Watershed’s philosophy, a belief that the unexpected sparks creativity and that new people, ideas and spaces nurture the evolution of artistic practice.

How fortunate for the art educators (mostly from Maine) to take the opportunity to nourish their minds and their souls. The teachers had their own studio space where they were continuing to develop their skills and ideas. It was great to see and speak to the teachers about their work. Visiting also was Beth Lambert, Maine Department of Education Visual and Performing Arts Specialist. Participating in the week were Maine Arts Leadership Initiative Teacher Leaders Jeff Orth and Gloria Hewett. And this years recipient of the Monhegan Artists’ Residency and colleague of mine from MSAD #40, Krisanne Baker.

Jeff Orth, Beth Lambert, and Gloria Hewett

Jeff Orth, Beth Lambert, and Gloria Hewett

While visiting, Maine Arts Commission Teaching Artist member Malley Weber shared her present research project – creating ceramic water filters. Malley was intrigued by the idea and has been communicating with and learning from Potters for Peace.

Potters for Peace has provided information has helped in her research.  Since 1998, representatives of Potters for Peace have traveled the world assisting with the establishment of small factories or workshops that produce a low-cost ceramic water filter that can bring clean, potable water to those who need it most. They don’t actually make, store or distribute ceramic water filters or operate filter production facilities. They assist local partners to set up their own filter production and distribution facilities. Much of their work has been in Central America with woman potters.

Malley is experimenting with Watershed clay to find the right recipe to create the filters for the local water supply. The lesson is designed for students to:

  • understand the global issues around water and the importance of clean water for everyone,
  • to experiment with filtering bacteria from water by making their own ceramic water filters,
  • to create a well designed and functional receptacle and lid using elements of art and principles of design that will hold the filter, store and deliver water to a glass by either pouring spout or spigot, and
  • to observe and draw conclusions based on their experiment.

DSC_0447What an incredible idea that is all about the connections between art and science! Malley’s lesson was filled with the language of both disciplines.

One of the founders of Watershed is my dear friend George Mason. It has been a while since I visited the Newcastle facility that was established in 1986. Such a treat! You can read their story at http://www.watershedceramics.org/about/our-story/. Be sure and check out the opportunities they provide under the watchful eye and commitment of Executive Director Fran Rudoff. Classes are invited during parts of the year and there are community events that are always wonderful!

Thanks to Fran for inviting me to visit and to Malley for sharing her experience!

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