Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts has canceled on-campus summer season shows for 2020, including the cherished “Salad Days” event. The annual “salad days” event is constantly a crowd-pleaser, inviting more than 500 guests to choose handcrafted ceramic plates and take pleasure in a tasty picnic lunch at the art center’s school in Newcastle. The fundraiser has typically included a pottery sale, artist demos, live music, and activities for children.
In the wake of this regrettable but necessary option, the center has quickly pivoted to picture new and creative methods to generate vital operating revenue, including an online “salad days” fundraising event.
Ceramic fans can commemorate “salad days” from home this year by taking part in an online raffle. The raffle includes more than 2 lots ceramic pieces by gifted artists, consisting of Chris Gustin, Sean O’Connell, and Linda Lopez. Ticket holders can enjoy the illustration survive on the center’s Facebook and Instagram accounts on Saturday, July 11 at 1 p.m., but do not need to be present to win. The raffle tickets, which are being cost $25, are offered online at the center’s website till midnight on Friday, July 10.
The associated pottery sale has actually also moved online. More than 80 ceramic pieces will be offered for buy from the center’s new online shop beginning July 11. The store includes work by nationally recognized studio potters, consisting of Chandra DeBuse, Bryan Hopkins, and Kurt Anderson, and will also include a restricted run of “Salad Days” artist plates. In addition to pottery, the shop will provide a line of custom-made clothing, which is screen printed by hand in Portland. Profits from shop sales support the center’s residency, workshop, and education programs.
“This online fundraiser is a fantastic method for individuals to assist keep the ‘Salad Days’ spirit alive, collect stunning ceramics, and support Watershed when we need it most,” said Fran Rudoff, Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts’ Executive Director. “We are grateful for the support of our organisation sponsors as we reimagine this event online, and for the skilled artists in our neighborhood who contributed work for the raffle.”
Organisation support for the event consist of major sponsor Lucy Lacoste Gallery, and participating sponsors Bailey Pottery Equipment and Ceramic Supply, First National Wealth Management, Ferrin Contemporary, and J. Edward Knight Insurance Coverage.
Raffle tickets might be purchased at watershedceramics.org and check out the center’s store is online at