2023 Summer Residency

Associated Residency Program

Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts offers residency sessions that provide artists working in clay with uninterrupted time to focus on their practices in our state-of-the-art ceramics studio. During a session, up to sixteen artists form a creative community as they live and work together on campus. Participants enjoy 24-hour studio access and comfortable on-campus accommodations in single or double occupancy rooms.

Watershed’s residency model prioritizes the development of creative community. Artists work alongside one another in our open-concept studio while forging lasting personal and professional connections.

Each two-week Summer Residency session has a theme and a core group of artists who anchor the session. Additional artists join the session through our application process, often drawn by an interest in the session theme. Watershed provides housing and all meals with food sourced from local organic farms.

2023 session themes focus on clay's role in contemporary practice, art and environmental activism, embracing change inside and outside the studio, embodied making and site-specific work, and building creative networks.

Deadline
Residency Length
2 weeks - 2 weeks
Languages
English
Average Number of Artists in Residence at a Time
15
Collaborative Residency
Must apply and be accepted individually
Discipline
Ceramics/Clay Arts/Pottery
Companions
Pets are not allowed
Country of Residence
Open to artists based anywhere in the world
Family Friendly
N/A
Stage of Career
Any stage of career
Additional Expectations/Opportunities
Participate in open studio with fellow residents
Accessible Housing
Partially Accessible (50% or more)
Meals Provided
All meals
Some meals (at least 2 meals provided)
Studios/Special Equipment
Shared Studios
Ceramics Workspace
Electric Wheels
Kick Wheels
Slab Roller
Clay Mixers
Plaster Room
Raku Kiln
Electric Kiln
Gas Kiln
Well-ventilated Spray Room
Dedicated Wood Shop
Woodworking Tools
Studios/Facilities Accessibility
ADA Compliant
Type of Housing
Private housing on campus (individual apartment/cabin/house)
Private bedroom in a shared housing facility on campus
Shared bedroom
Additional Eligibility Information

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

Number of Artists Accepted in Most Current Year
75
Total Applicant Pool in Most Current Year
170
Artist Stipend
Travel Stipend/Material Stipends
Residency Fees
2050
US Dollar (USD)
Fee Details

Summer Residency pricing for a two-week session:

  • Residency fee: $1350
  • Housing & meals: $700-$1600, depending on housing selection.

 

 

 

Grant/Scholarship/other Funding Support
2150
US Dollar (USD)
Grant/Scholarship/Other Funding Support Details

Scholarship awards and work-exchange positions help artists cover the costs of a residency at Watershed. To apply, artists can indicate that they would like consideration for support in their general application. Applications are reviewed annually by a panel of practicing ceramic artists. Reviewers consider applicants’ dedication to their practice, appropriate fit for the session theme (as applicable), evidence of artistic merit, and, for applicants who are newer to clay, the degree of promise demonstrated by their work and submitted statements.

Summer Residency Scholarship Awards:

  • Full scholarship awards cover all residency fees, housing in a double occupancy room, and a $100 materials and kiln firing stipend.
  • Any artist is welcome to apply for a scholarship award. In addition to general awards, Watershed also offers full awards specifically for artists of color/BIPOC artists, emerging artists, and international and/or multicultural artists.
  • Partial scholarships range from $1000-$1300 and cover residency tuition and fees.
Application Fee
25
US Dollar (USD)
Application Type
Open application