NEWCASTLE — Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts will host its 22nd annual Salad Days from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 9, at 19 Brick Hill Road. The fresh-food extravaganza will feature a buffet lunch and handmade ceramic plates that visitors can take home. Much of the food for the event is sourced from neighboring organic farms and more than 30 area restaurants will contribute dishes for the picnic.

This year’s event will showcase a well-known group of artists who are part of an online ceramics collective called Objective Clay. The group’s tow-and-a-half week artist residency at Watershed coincides with Salad Days and provides an opportunity for members to work alongside one another, share ideas and collaborate.

During the event objective clay artists will sell work in an extensive pottery sale and performing wheel throwing and hand building demonstrations throughout the day.

In addition to the pottery sale, visitors can choose from dozens of handcrafted beer steins made by regional potters and participate in a raffle featuring ceramic art pieces made by notable artists including Chris Gustin and Kathy King. For those who want to get their hands dirty, Pots on Wheels!, a mobile classroom that brings pottery lessons to communities around the Northeast, will offer visitors a chance to play with clay.

Proceeds from the event will support Watershed’s programs for clay artists.

Admission will cost $35, which includes the meal and a handcrafted plate by artist Liz Hafey. Visitors coming for the pottery sale are admitted free. Tickets can be purchased on site that day or online at

For more information, call 882-6075.

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