Salad Days Artist Residency

Salad Days Artist Residency

Edgecomb, ME, United States

Watershed’s annual Salad Days fundraiser draws art appreciators to campus for a summer celebration of handmade ceramic work and local food. For each year’s event, a Salad Days Artist-in-Residence produces hundreds of plates or shallow bowls from terracotta clay. During the celebration, guests choose a plate to take home and enjoy a delicious picnic lunch. The Salad Days Artist’s plates serve as the primary feature of the day and many event attendees return year after year to collect each new design.  

Watershed selects a Salad Days Artist annually to create plates or shallow bowls for the following year’s Salad Days. The Salad Days Artist spends seven months at Watershed – from September to April – producing 475 plates or shallow bowls for the following summer’s Salad Days. The Artist is also commissioned to create approximately thirty small functional or decorative pieces for Watershed’s sustained giving donors. 

The residency runs on campus during Watershed’s quieter programming season. While the Artist works closely with studio staff to fine-tune their plate design and making process, much of the work is completed independently. Strong self-management skills and comfort working independently in a rural area are essential.


103 Cochran Road
Edgecomb, ME 04556
United States

Year Founded
Residency Structure
Residency Program Type
Studio-based (with housing)
Residency Length
7 months - 7 months
Average Number of Artists in Residence at a Time
Collaborative Residency
Must apply and be accepted individually
Ceramics/Clay Arts/Pottery
Country of Residence
Only open to artists based in country the program is located
Family Friendly
Stage of Career
Any stage of career
Additional Expectations/Opportunities
Donate a work of art
Give artist talk or presentation
How does your residency program support artists?
Opportunity to be in another context
Art production support
Access to studio space to create new work
Access to equipment, specialized facilities and/or technical support
Inspiration from natural environment
Opportunities to develop relationships with other artists/residents
Opportunities to exhibit or perform new work
Additional Eligibility Information

To apply, artists submit the Salad Days Artist application. The application includes:

  • Questions related to your experience and interest in the Salad Days Artist role
  • A proposed design for the Salad Days plates or shallow bowls which includes a written description and a visual prototype (sketch, drawing, photo of finished work, etc.) 
  • Images of work

Artists who are comfortable working independently in a clay studio with experience working in series are encouraged to apply. The Artist is selected annually by Watershed staff in consultation with other practicing studio artists, as needed. Consideration is given to the feasibility of applicant’s proposed design, quality of work, and experience working independently on large-scale projects. Applicants with promising proposals will be interviewed by Watershed staff to discuss their ideas and plans. 

The annual application deadline is February 15th. Artists are notified of their standing by mid April. The residency begins in mid September and runs through the following April. 

Because of the length of the residency, applicants must be American citizens. At this time, Watershed is not able to support work visas or study visas for international artists. 

Number of Artists Accepted in Most Current Year
Total Applicant Pool in Most Current Year
Artist Stipend
US Dollar (USD)
Travel Stipend/Material Stipends
Residency Fees
US Dollar (USD)
Grant/Scholarship/other Funding Support
Application Fee
US Dollar (USD)
Application Type
Open application
What does your program provide during the residency experience?
Communication before arrival to discuss accommodations, medical conditions, or other health needs
Orientation upon arrival
Full description of accessibility on campus
Is your campus wheelchair accessible?
Partially Accessible
Additional Accessibility Information

Watershed's studio is fully accessible and ADA-compliant. Housing on campus requires artists to navigate very gradual outdoor stairs. Bedrooms and restrooms are on the same level. Doorways into the bedrooms and bathrooms are standard sized. Watershed's campus consists of rolling, sloping hills and a dirt road. Resident artists are welcome to drive their vehicles between the upper campus housing and the lower campus studio.

Accessibility Contact Name
Tamsen Brooke Warner
Accessibility Contact Email
Accessibility Contact Phone Number
Type of Housing
Private housing on campus (individual apartment/cabin/house)
Private bedroom in a shared housing facility on campus
Accessible Housing
Partially Accessible (50% or more)
Accessible Communal Spaces
ADA Compliant
Meals Provided
Residents have access to shared kitchen
Food stipend provided
Computer/Internet Access
Computer and internet connection provided in common area (shared)
Computer and internet connection provided in studio area (private)
Wireless Internet (WIFI)
Studios/Special Equipment
Private Studios
Shared Studios
Ceramics Workspace
Electric Wheels
Kick Wheels
Slab Roller
Clay Mixers
Plaster Room
Raku Kiln
Electric Kiln
Gas Kiln
Studios/Facilities Accessibility
ADA Compliant
Studio Support/Tech
Studio/facility orientation provided
Studio support provided by staff
Air Conditioned
Heat and Cool control access