Claire Watson was born in Amarillo, TX in 1957. She received a BFA in Painting from the University of Texas at Austin in 1980, and an MFA in Sculpture at Tyler School of Art in Rome and Philadelphia in 1984.
Her awards and honors include a residency in the Studios at MASS MoCA in 2018; a Fellowship in Sculpture from New York Foundation for the Arts in 2007; and a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant in 1990. In 2014 she served as a panelist for the selection of New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowships in Crafts/Sculpture. Her work is in numerous private and public collections, and has been exhibited at venues that include Ille Arts, Amagansett, NY; Art Helix Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum, San Antonio, TX; Southampton Arts Center, Southampton, NY; Islip Art Museum, East Islip, NY; and Art in General, NYC, among numerous others.
She has taught at Middlebury College, Rutgers University, Dowling College and in other diverse settings. Since 1996 she has lived and worked in Water Mill, New York, where she raised two sons with her husband, artist Stephen Laub.