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July 13, 2007
For Immediate Release

Contact: Ann Hazels
Gallery Manager &emp; Events Coordinator
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Baltimore Clayworks presents
The Annual Clay Ball: an artful and eventful evening to celebrate twenty-seven years

Baltimore, Maryland – July 13, 2007 – Baltimore Clayworks will celebrate 27 years as an established art center in the field of ceramics and one of Maryland’s leading non-profit arts organizations. The Clay Ball, an annual gala, will feature a silent and live auction led by renowned Baltimore artist, David Paul Bacharach, a catered dinner provided by Innovative Gourmet, and the sensational jazz sounds of the Eric Byrd Trio. Baltimore Clayworks will honor Linda Arbuckle for her lifelong commitment to the field of ceramics. The Clay Ball will be held at the American Visionary Arts Museum on Saturday, September 29, 2007, 7:00-11:00pm.

Baltimore Clayworks strives to serve the communities in Baltimore City and statewide through sustained and targeted art programs. All funds raised at The Annual Clay Ball directly support artistic, educational, and collaborative programs at Baltimore Clayworks. Auction items will include artful textiles, elegant jewelry, unique wood and ceramics. Auctioneer David Paul Bacharach will lead the live auction with cultural events such as A Year in Dining, theatre packages, and A Day at the Races.

The 2007 honoree, Linda Arbuckle, is an internationally renowned clay artist and tenured professor of ceramics, at the University of Florida. For over 25 years, she has developed her distinctive style of functional ceramics, and is infamous for her vivid majolica vessels. Linda Arbuckle’s passion and outstanding work continues to encourage artists and advance the field of ceramic arts.

“Great food, good music, fabulous art, and lively company - all for a great cause - create this most outstanding evening,” says Executive Director Deborah Bedwell. “This year’s honoree, Linda Arbuckle, is a gift to the field of ceramics. Her joyfully elegant majolica pottery redefines this historical European genre in a fresh, contemporary and truly American way.”

Ticket prices are $150 per person and $1500 for a table of 10. Tickets are available on-site, online at, or by calling 410-578-1919. Premier Sponsors of the event are Kokopelli and Allegis Group. Corporate Sponsors are Bank of America, Henry Lewis Contractors, Venable LLP; Corporate Patrons are Academy Financial, Wachovia, and Bay National.

Baltimore Clayworks is a non-profit ceramic arts center housed in two historic buildings in the Mt. Washington neighborhood of northwest Baltimore. Founded in 1980 by nine potters and ceramic sculptors, Baltimore Clayworks exists to develop, sustain, and promote an artist-centered community that provides outstanding artistic, educational and collaborative programs in the ceramic arts.