2024 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.

2024 session themes focus on embodied making and site-specific work, finding inspiration in the natural world, the possibilities of clay and digital technology, red clay's versatility, and building creative networks among queer artists and among artists with backgrounds in the community college system.

Residency Length
2 weeks - 2 weeks
Average Number of Artists in Residence at a Time
Collaborative Residency
Must apply and be accepted individually
Ceramics/Clay Arts/Pottery
Pets are not allowed
Country of Residence
Open to artists based anywhere in the world
Family Friendly
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
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
Total Applicant Pool in Most Current Year
Artist Stipend
Travel Stipend/Material Stipends
Residency Fees
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
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
US Dollar (USD)
Application Type
Open application