Watershed and Objective Clay Salad Day


‘Salad Days’ – 9th July, 2016


‘Salad Days’ is a novel event held in Maine at the Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, which is run annually on the 2nd Saturday in July. Included in the ticket price is a souvenir handcrafted plate made by the artist in residence and a free lunch, created with fresh local produce, by the Watershed cooks and restaurants in the area. Live music is included and there is also pottery on sale from Watershed artists as well as featuring Objective Clay, which is a collective of ceramic artists focusing on utilitarian clay items. Workshops will also be held giving technique demonstrations.

More Info – watershedceramics.org



Watershed and Objective Clay artists:



Deb Schwartzkopf


‘I find it rewarding and challenging to make pots people will use. In my home growing up, hand made objects held special value.  They were gestures of consideration and love. Each work is porcelain fired in an electric kiln to cone six.’



Red Bowls Deb Schwartzkopf

Deb Schwartzkopf



Ceramic Cookie+Jar Deb Schwartzkopf

‘Cookie Jar’ – Deb Schwartzkopf



Two mugs - Deb-Schwartzkopf-pottery

Mugs – Deb Schwartzkopf




Teapot –  Deb Schwartzkopf



Red Pitcher+Set Deb-Schwartzkopf

Pitcher and cups – Deb Schwartzkopf




Emily Schroeder Willis


‘ In the past few years I have been trying to simplify the work I make, constantly asking myself, how much is too much? What is essential and what is excess? I try to make every mark on the surface of my work matter, every dart necessary, every line indispensable.’


Emily-Schroeder-Willis White hand made vase with flowers

Emily Schroeder Willis




Emily-Schroeder-Willis---selection of ceramic pieces

Emily Schroeder Willis




2014 plate – Emily Schroeder Willis



Dinner bowls and plates - Deb-Schwartzkopf

Bowls and plates – Emily Schroeder Willis



ceramic platter_in geen and white - Emily-Schroeder-Willis-_2013

2013 platter – Emily Schroeder Willis



Ernest Gentry


‘Making pots enables me to bring multiple interests into a variety of forms. Historical objects, modern design, and domestic considerations all inform my making process. My hope is that function, form, and the surface of my pots will bring the user respite. Clay presents the opportunity of constant problem solving, and combines my interests in aesthetic research and manual labor.’


Ernest-Gentry Red mug with indented surface pattern

Red mug – Ernest Gentry





Lidded box – Ernest Gentry

Woodfired, reduction cooled iron rich stoneware, cone 9



Ernest-Gentry ceramic plate

Ernest Gentry




Ernest-Gentry-lidded box with vertical ribbed surface - iron rich stoneware and glaze

Lidded box – Ernest Gentry



Ernest-Gentry---Black Yunomi

Yunomi – Ernest Gentry

Schaller Gallery



Bryan Hopkins


‘Following in the lineage of “fine china” I produce objects for domestic service, adding my own sense of affect and defect. The work’s primary use is that of a utilitarian object, and all the pieces perform as they should – cups hold fluids, vases present flowers without leaking, etc..  I have been using porcelain for about 20 years now, and am drawn to its’ physical qualities (strength, fragility, color, translucence) as well as the implicit class association, cultural significance, and assumption of purity and worth.’



Bryan-Hopkins-Butter-Dish green porcelain

‘Butter Dish’ – Bryan Hopkins



Bryan-Hopkins--porcelain Cake-Stand

‘Cake Stand’  – Bryan Hopkins



Bryan-Hopkins-Short-Cup porcelain

‘Short Cup’ – Bryan Hopkins



Bryan-Hopkins-Porcelain Tall-Cup tumbler

‘Tall Cup’ – Bryan Hopkins




Kip O’Krongly


‘I use functional pots as a vehicle for setting tables with visual stories. The functionality of the pieces I create serves as a daily nudge to reflect on the interwoven nature of our lifestyle choices and the broader world around us’. 



Kip-O’Krongly bowl stack with bicycle motifs

Stacking bowls – Kip O’Krongly



Kip-Okrongly-farm animal mugs

Kip Okrongly



ceramic pig_platter Kip-O’Krongly

‘Pig Platter’ – Kip Okrongly




Kip-Okrongly-kip-okrongly-T-rex-tumbler in red, orange and white

‘T Rex Tumbler’ – Kip Okrongly



Farm theme cake_stand Kip-O’Krongly

Farm themed ‘Cake Stand’ – Kip O’Krongly




Gwendolyn  Yoppolo


Her visionary designs challenge us to rethink the ways we nourish ourselves and others within contemporary food culture.  By preparing whole foods with minimal technology, by sharing food with a group from a single serving dish, or by sitting down with a loved one to create a shared experience, we break apart from the individualized ready-to-eat mentality of our industrialized food system.




Ceramic mug – Gwendolyn  Yoppolo




gwendolyn-yoppolo mortar's and pestle's

Mortar and pestles – Gwendolyn Yoppolo




gwendolyn yoppolo_prasdouble

Prasdouble  – Gwendolyn Yoppolo



gwendolyn-yoppolo-mustard colored mug

Gwendolyn Yoppolo





Tea set for 2 – Gwendolyn Yoppolo



scoop bowl gwendolyn-yoppolo

‘Scoop Bowl’ – Gwendolyn Yoppolo




Sunshine Cobb


“I want my work in clay to represent growth and accomplishment, in which I believe reminiscence and nostalgia play a part. I rely on texture and color to create a sense of motion and time in my work.”


sunshine+cobb+horizontally ribbed mug

Sunshine Cobb



Sunshine-Cobb-ventilated yellow ceramic box

Sunshine Cobb




Sunshine Cobb



Sunshine-Cobb----footed ceramic yunomi with a turquoise glaze

‘Yunomi’ – Sunshine Cobb



Spiral Watershed plate - Yoshiro-Okuma,-1995

Watershed  1995 plate by Yoshiro Okuma



Adero-Willard,-2008 ceramic plate

Watershed plate 2008 – Adero Willard





Jennifer Allen


“My focus is to express sentiments of beauty and joy through porcelain tableware.  Whether forming a vase that decorates a room or producing dinnerware that celebrates a meal, my work is made to honor and enhance the rhythms of home life.”


Jennifer-Allen ceramic jug

Porcelain Jug – Jennifer Allen





Jennifer Allen



celly+breakfast+plate-Jennifer-Allen leaf motif dish

 Jennifer Allen



Jennifer-Allen-pocelain teapot

Jennifer Allen



Mugs – Jennifer Allen




Jennifer Allen




Lindsay Oesterritter


“It is my intention to utilize a reduction cooled wood fueled kiln to highlight form and surface variations, and reference slow and continuous change.”


Lindsay-Oesterritter-raku pitchers

Lindsay Oesterritter raku jugs



Lindsay-Oesterritter-wood fired tumbler

Lindsay Oesterritter



Lindsay-Oesterritter-ceramic mugs

Lindsay Oesterritter



Liz Hafey


Liz-Hafey--folded ceramic vessel

Liz Hafey



Liz-Hafey---sake cups

Liz Hafey – sake pourer and cups



Liz-Hafey-ceramic tea pot

Teapot – Liz Hafey



Liz-Hafey---Ceramic-Work rustic tea pot

Liz Hafey




Stephanie Rozene


Stephanie is dedicated to the advancement and development of the field of Craft History and Theory and in particular the use of historical ornament as a visual language.



Stephanie Rozene



Stephanie-Rozene ceramic mugs

Stephanie Rozene



Jessica-Brandl,-2014 rooster motif plate

Watershed 2014 plate – Jessica Brandl




Watershed Salad Days



Tess-Stilwell,-2013 octotpus plate

Watershed 2013 octopus plate – Tess Stilwell




Sean-O'Connell,-2010 plate

Watershed plate, 2010 –  Sean O’Connell



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