NEWCASTLE — Many area residents have found a summer recipe they can’t resist: a salad buffet of fresh vegetables prepared by local chefs and served on earthenware plates they can keep. Hundreds of visitors will take part in the 22nd annual Salad Days celebration 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, July 9, at Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts.
In addition to getting a delicious meal and handcrafted plate, visitors will enjoy pottery demonstrations, tours of Watershed’s historic art studios, a raffle with dozens of ceramic art prizes, and lively music by Jerks of Grass.
There will be two opportunities for those inclined to shop: a pottery sale featuring works by Objective Clay, a group of artists from around the country who share a virtual studio space, and a sale featuring creative beer steins by leading national ceramic artists.
The Pots on Wheels! van, a mobile project space that brings pottery to under-served communities, will offer visitors a chance to play with clay. Other participating nonprofits include the Craft Emergency Relief Fund and Society of Arts and Crafts. Studio Potter magazine also will be on hand.
Funds raised during Salad Days support Watershed’s programs for clay artists. Admission is $35 and includes the meal and a handcrafted plate by artist Liz Hafey. Visitors attending only the pottery sale will be admitted free of charge. Tickets may be purchased on site the day of the even or at watershedceramics.org.
“Salad Days joins artists near and far with the midcoast community, and is generously supported by many local restaurants, farms and businesses,” says Francine Rudoff, Watershed’s executive director. “We’re especially grateful to this year’s Tent Sponsors, J. Edward Knight Insurance and Ames True Value Hardware.”
For directions to Watershed and details on Salad Days, visit http://www.watershedceramics.org/events/salad-days/.