Meet the Artists

Visiting Artists
Visiting Artists
  • Sallah Jenkins

    Sallah Jenkins, 2014

    Sallah is a ceramic artist, teacher, student, mom and grandmother. She started teaching for Baltimore Clayworks in 1999. Sallah recently completed a one month fellowship at the Vermont Studio Center and is currently participating in a short term residency at Baltimore Clayworks. She is heavily involved in the arts:  she is an ethnic face painter, painting only African inspired designs, at community craft festivals;  participated in Axis Alley, a community project designed to beautify abandon homes; assisted in the costume design at the Theatre Project and has been a craft creator and facilitator for Art on Purpose, Black Man’s Identity Project along with Reginald Lewis Museum of African American History and Art annual Kwanzaa Program. Currently she received a BS degree in Urban Arts at the HBCU Coppin State College. There are two signature sayings that Sallah likes to leave as her closing, they are “Keep Art Alive and Peace and Pottery” and  “Art touches on every aspect of life”.

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  • Laure Drogoul

    Laure Drogoul, 2014

    Laure is an interdisciplinary artist, olfactory spelunker and cobbler of situations who lives in Baltimore. She works in a wide range of media including  public projects in which she creates interactive experiences, sculpture and events that invite the viewer to be an active participant. She has exhibited and performed throughout the Mid-Atlantic region including the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington Project for the Arts, Baltimore Museum of Art and The Chelsea Museum in New York among others. She has received Maryland State Artist Awards and a Franklin Furnace Award for performance art and has been a recipient of a US/Japan Creative Artist Fellowship. In 2006 Ms. Drogoul was honored with The Janet and Walter Sondheim Prize

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  • Kate Borcherding

    Kate Borcherding, 2012

    Kate is a mixed-media neoclassical and post modern artist. Her 2D work seldom strays from the human figure employing layered narratives connecting a psychological ‘moment in time’ to the deep rhythm of underlying forces influencing all human society – the Longue Durée. Deeply influenced during her visiting artist residency by the historical monuments of Baltimore, Kate observed the city and surroundings leading to extensive sketches of the monuments and their contextual remembrances within modern Baltimore.  Memories of monumental events: the Inner Harbor tall ships, The Star Spangled Banner, the Civil War, the Federal occupation, the Baltimore and Ohio (B&O) railroad, churches and row houses with ever expanding populations; Baltimore itself is a river of life flowing  –  but semi-anchored by half forgotten monuments. As Kate began her ceramic sculptures her desire was capturing these “Half Moving Memories” into a collection utilizing groups of figures in relation one-to-another forming a psychological space, a flowing river for the viewer to project herself into .

     “I try to capture into my narratives a world larger than the specific instance of time that I am recording. This dynamic process infuses the work with a richer presence of  ‘projected humanity’. Immediately I begin surface treatment with slips, engobes, oxides mixes in concert with cutting into and marking the surface to capture the ‘history of the ceramics’ and the process of making the art into the art itself. I want the work to retain authenticity, a captured presence, as if caught forever in amber. I seek to embed moments from the past that move forever in  context of the permanent values in being human. A place for us to wander anew, re-finding ourselves, rethinking life against the larger expanse of generations in simultaneous successions.


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  • Roberto Acosta

    Roberto Acosta, 2010

    Visiting Baltimore Clayworks for just a month, Phillipino artist Roberto has created unglazed, slip-decorated, sculptures influenced by his one year residency at the Universidad Veracruzana in Xalapa, Mexico where he honed his métier in terracotta. Roberto is an assistant professor of the Fine Arts Program at the University of the Phillipines Baguio. He holds an MFA from the University of Phillipines Diliman.

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  • Yeon Soo Kim

    Yeon Soo Kim, 2010

    Through a partnership with MICA (Maryland Institute College of Art), Korean artist Yeon Soo started his four month residency at Baltimore Clayworks in May 2010. Through the end of July, Yeon Soo will be creating a series of wood-fired stoneware ceramic art.
    “I begun my art study with painting. From there I have learned the characteristics of clay and I was attracted to its power of liveliness and vigor. This has made me to focus my interest on ceramics. The foundation of all my works comes from Korean traditional ceramics. It comprises four types; blue celadon, white porcelain, bunching and Onggi. I had once considered “Traditions” as old-fashioned assets of the modern society. However, learning and experiencing Onggi had changed my mind that it is the source and driving force of finding my identity. My identity is growing and transforming because of Onggi works. My desire is to find and develop my aesthetic sense by focusing on the relationship of the old and the new. The interest in this relationship is getting wider and wider till it reaches human, nature and space. I hope this assiduous learning of the relationship between the old and the new encourages me to go on my way.”

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  • Justin Rothshank

    Justin Rothshank, 2010

    With support from the Maryland State Art Council’s ARTvantage program, Baltimore Clayworks hosts Pittsburgh artist Justin Rothshank for a 7 week residency in the spring 2010. Rothshank works with community members from Clayworks’ satellite studio in west Baltimore, Jubilee Arts Center in Sandtown/Winchester/Upton during which time they create hundreds of mugs with decaled images of community on them.

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  • Laura Jean McLaughlin

    Laura Jean McClaughlin, 2008

    Community Milagros
    With support Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation’s Artists & Communities program, Baltimore Clayworks hosted Pittsburgh artist Laura Jean McLaughlin for a ten week residency in summer 2008. McLaughlin worked with students of the Good Shepherd Center, in Halethorpe, MD, during which time they created and installed Community Milagros, a collaborative 150 foot mosaic mural on the campus of the center.

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  • David MacDonald

    David MacDonald, 2003, 2008

    David MacDonald’s first residency coincided with the opening of Baltimore Clayworks’ first community-based satellite studio, Baltimore Clayworks Mondawmin, located in the Mondawmin Mall in inner city West Baltimore. David led an introductory clay class each Wednesday evening for 12 adults of diverse backgrounds and socio-economic statuses. During daytime hours, the artist threw and carved his distinctive large pots and plates in a studio space created for him in a storefront window, generating a great deal of interest among passersby in the mall.

    MacDonald returned to Clayworks in 2008 for a two-week residency in which he taught the youth and senior adult participants at Clayworks’ Pimlico Road Satellite Studio, creating a body of beautiful decorative plates. Renowned for his functional yet intricately carved and decorated wheel-thrown pottery, MacDonald taught participants how to paint layers of under-glaze onto the leather hard plates and then carve them using the sgraffito technique, thereby exposing the red clay underneath. Work made during the residence was put on exhibition in the Community Arts Gallery in conjunction with work made in workshops with Kyle and Kelly Phelps.

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  • Kyle and Kelly Phelps

    Kyle and Kelly Phelps, 2006, 2007, 2008

    Kyle and Kelly Phelps did workshops at both Mt. Washington and the Mondawmin Satellite Studios. The workshop at Mondawmin for senior adults included a talk and project in which each participant created 3 profiles of a face that were attached together. The Phelps’ will be visiting Clayworks again in 2008 through the ARTvantage program of the Maryland State Arts Council, and their workshops will focus on understanding our own cultural histories through our families, drawing from experiences to create art that celebrates who we are.

    Kyle and Kelly led four different workshops for senior adults, youth, teens and teachers. The Phelps’s taught twenty-four senior adults during which time they created the project titled “My Grandmothers Hands.” Each participant created lifelike replicas of their own hands using the bondo technique. The senior women created a second project, for which they had to tell a narrative of their lives using clay as the tool of expression. These figural/sculptural projects were created through the process of building in high relief. The Phelps also led 28 young people (teens and children ages 6-16) in hands-on ceramic arts instruction. Using their bondo technique, the group of students made two collaborative projects by pressing their hands into a large slab of clay and adding decorative elements. At the end of the workshops, all the work was displayed in Clayworks Community Arts Gallery.

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  • Myung Jin Choi

    Myung Jin Choi, 2007

    Safe Spaces
    For ten weeks in June, July and August, 2007, Baltimore Clayworks, with support from Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation’s Artists and Communities program, hosted artist Myung Jin Choi of the Clay Studios in Philadelphia. During her residency at Clayworks, Myung worked with students in the Forbush School of the Mann Residential Treatment Center of Sheppard Pratt Health Care Systems. During this residency Myung and the students created and installed a collaborative sculpture entitled, “Safe Spaces,” on the Sheppard Pratt campus.

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  • Bill Stewart

    Bill Stewart, 2007

    Everyone Deserves an Ark
    With support from Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation’s Artists & Communities program, Baltimore Clayworks hosted artist and sculptor Bill Stewart of New York for a month-long residency. Stewart led hands-on activities at Clayworks’ satellite studio working with participants to produce work based on the theme of “Everyone Deserves an Ark.’ in Participants each created a whimsical or metaphorical animal and a simple boat form on top of which the animals sat. The culmination was an exhibition which took place at the Baltimore City Visitors Center at the Inner Harbor. Over 50 animal boats were arranged on a platform in a sort of flotilla to create the shape of a larger boat or ark.

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  • Lydia Thompson
  • Lawson Oyekan
  • Joyce J. Scott

    Joyce J. Scott, 2005

    Local visual and performing artist—and national treasure—Joyce J. Scott took up residency in the Mondawmin studios to develop her own body of work and lead programming for senior adults. Scott led a four-week mosaic class in January 2005 for individuals recruited from area senior centers: Forest Park, Liberty Square and Sandtown Winchester. She mentored Clayworks teacher Herb Massie and Helen Hardesty during her time in the studios, and this pair taught a second session of senior programming in February.

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  • Kwabena Ampofo-Anti

    Kwabena Ampofo-Anti, 2004

    Kwabena Ampofo-Anti, originally from Ghana, set up a studio space at Clayworks Mondawmin where he built a number of his unique architectural sculptures and spoke with visitors to the space. Maryland Art Place exhibited sculptures Ampofo created during this residency in a show titled “Beyond the Pedestal” from mid-February through March of 2005. Ampofo led a workshop on clay sculpture in August 2004 that was attended by middle and high school aged youth and several adults, including two visitors who were from South Africa.

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  • Ching-Yuan Chen Shin-Yu Wang

    Ching-Yuan Chen and Shin-Yu Wang, 2004

    Taiwanese artists Ching-Yuan Chang and Shin-Yu Wang visited Baltimore to construct a relief clay mural that was installed on the façade of Clayworks’ new studio building addition. During August 2004, each artist led a workshop for the public at Clayworks Mondawmin: Ching-Yuan performed a demonstration and lecture attended by local artists and several adults from the community on the significance of ceramics in the traditional tea pouring ceremony. Shin-Yu led a hands-on workshop for young people from Clayworks’ advanced Mondawmin class.

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  • LeRoy Johnson

    LeRoy Johnson, 2003

    And Still I Rise
    LeRoy Johnson directed more than 100 youth and adults from Brentwood Village in the creation of a 750 square foot mosaic tile mural honoring the struggles and achievements of the Oblate Sisters of Providence, who founded St. Frances Academy, the nation’s oldest African American educational Institution, in 1828. Clayworks acquired permission from Maya Angelou’s publisher to title the mural And Still I Rise, after an inspiring poem baring this title. Images of angels, portraits of historical figures and other symbols are portrayed in vibrant tile and glass mosaic work.

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  • Mike Alewitz

    Mike Alewitz, 2000

    The Dreams of Harriet Tubman
    In this residency project internationally respected muralist Mike Alewitz, with the aid of other artists, teachers and students, and youths, designed and painted a series of contemporary murals and monuments inspired by Harriet Tubman and The Underground Railroad. Clayworks partnered with five Maryland communities designated as high-crime, resource-poor areas called “HotSpots” by the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention. Within these diverse communities throughout Maryland, Alewitz created his murals with the assistance of a range of young people from these communities, from at-risk youths to fine arts majors. Accompanying the murals, and involving many segments of the population was "Harriet's Tiles", a hands-on tile making and painting project that used slave quilt patterns used in transmitting messages along routes of the Underground Railroad. In addition, there were four historical/social educational sessions presented by Addie Richburg of the International Network to Freedom Association as springboard to tile making sessions.

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