2021 Craft Apprentice Program Timeline + Details

A comprehensive guide to all pertinent information regarding the 2021 Craft Apprentice Program cycle. Below you will find a convenient overview (and links when applicable) to all parts of the current program cycle such as: The application, jurors, an applicant match-making tool, information sessions, the 2021 apprenticeship timeline, and much more!

2021 Craft Apprentice Program Cycle Timeline:
12/09/2020 Application deadline
12/11 – 31/2020 Jurors review all applications
1/4/2020 -Notifications sent to all applicants  Finalists contacted to schedule interviews for January 21st
1/21/2021 Finalists interviewed via Zoom by jurors
1/29/2021 CAP participants are announced
3/1/2021Apprenticeships begin
9/30/2021 Apprenticeships end
October 1 – 31 2021 Capstone Exhibition @ Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts
October 1, 2021 Capstone Exhibition Opening Reception @ Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts
October 1. 2021 CAP Alumni Gathering @ Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts

2021 vocabulary update: The Craft Apprentice Program is now using the term MENTOR Artist instead of MASTER Artist. Our intention with this change is to participate in the progression of language / vocabulary in our field, and society, toward being more equitable, welcoming and sensitive to the impact of language, due to historical and other connotations, on our communities. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we update the wording throughout our site, beginning with the 2021 content. There are some past uses of the previous term (in testimonials and exhibition titles for example) that will remain.

Application: The 2021 Craft Apprentice Program Application Deadline has passed
The 2022 application will open in October 2021 and be due December 8, 2021

Mentor Artists and apprentices apply together. Review the application questions & support material, prepare your text and uploads, create a login and complete the application online through the Maine Arts Commission Grant Management System (GMS).

Applicant match-making tool.
Want to apply for the 2022 program but need a match?
Apprentices: Check our database of available master artists.
Mentors: Register to be added to the database.

2021 Craft Apprentice Program Capstone Exhibition
To close the program, all artists participate in a Capstone exhibition. Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts is the 2021 organizational partner and host to the CAP Alumni Gathering and 2021 Exhibition. Maine Home + Design magazine is the exclusive magazine sponsor.

Mentors & Apprentices: Work from Maine’s 2021 Craft Apprentice Program will be on view at Watershed October 1-31, 2021

Exhibition Opening Reception: Friday October 1, 2021

Please join us for an evening of celebration, gratitude and accomplishment with the 2021  mentor artist/apprentice pairs: Lissa Hunter + Ashley Page (mixed media / basketry), Tim Christensen + Aiden Fraser (wood fired ceramics), Karin Otto + Karin Eberhardt (printmaking), Elaine Xenelis Fuller + Sheridan Cudworth (ceramics)

Partners + Funding:
CAP is produced by the Maine Crafts Association in partnership with the Maine Arts Commission. Organizational Partner, Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, graciously hosts the annual CAP Alumni Gathering and Capstone Exhibition which is sponsored by Maine Home + Design Magazine and the Harraseeket Inn.

Apprenticeship funding provided by Maine Arts Commission, Sprague Family Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Artist Talk with Tim Christensen + Aidan Fraser
2021 MCA Craft Apprentice Program Mentor + Apprentice

Saturday October 2, 2pm
Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts
103 Cochran Rd, Edgecomb, Maine 04556

The public is invited to attend an artist talk with Tim Christensen (mentor) & Aidan Fraser (apprentice) on October 2, 2pm in the gallery at Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts.

This ceramic based apprenticeship focused on apprentice artist Aiden Fraser’s goals to further develop the concepts she currently explores in her work, expand her ceramic practice skill set, learn the intricacies and logistics of wood kiln firing, become certified to manage wood kiln firings at Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts and establish the framework and systems for successful inventory tracking and bookkeeping. She accomplished this through 100 hours of guidance with mentor artist Tim Christensen including in-studio training, remote critiques and business sessions and two multi-day wood kiln firings at Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts.

Artist Talk with Lissa Hunter & Ashley Page
2021 MCA Craft Apprentice Program Mentor + Apprentice

Sunday October 3, 2pm
Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts
103 Cochran Rd, Edgecomb, Maine 04556

The public is invited to attend an artist talk with Lissa Hunter (mentor) & Ashley Page (apprentice) on October 3, 2pm in the gallery at Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts.

This apprenticeship focused on apprentice artist Ashley Page’s goals to deepen and expand her basket making skills and artistic voice, delve into the history, contexts and expansive styles and materials used in traditional and contemporary basket-making and create new work in response, and in collaboration with, mentor artist, Lissa Hunter.  She accomplished this through 100 hours of guidance, reflection and training spent together with Lissa in-studio, through remote meetings, visiting museums and exhibitions and attending relevant webinars.

Each year, CAP concludes with an exhibition, Mentors & Apprentices: New Work from the Craft Apprentice Program. The exhibition is hosted by MCA organizational partner, Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts with an opening reception during Maine Craft Weekend in addition to other events and activities on campus. Maine Craft Weekend is a statewide tour of Maine craft studios, businesses and events.

The Maine Crafts Associations supports craft artists by providing educational, marketing and retail opportunities.

Learn more about the Craft Apprentice Program mainecap.org
Learn more about the Maine Craft Association mainecrafts.org

2021 Jury Panel

Thank you to our 2021 juors for review all applications and selecting our four final participant pairs.

Nancy Giesberger | CAP ’18 Mentor Artist, Fiber

Daisy Desrosiers | Lunder Institute for American Art Director of Programs

Kyle Patnaude | Maine College of Art, Assistant Professor Jewelry & Metalsmithing / MFA