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21 April 2009
For Immediate Release

Contact: Ann Hazels
Gallery & Events Manager
(410) 578-1919 x. 15

Baltimore Clayworks presents

The Clay Ball
Celebrating the Community of Wood-firing

Baltimore, Maryland –– This fall Baltimore Clayworks will celebrate 29 years as one of Maryland’s leading non-profit arts organizations and nationally recognized ceramic art center. The Clay Ball, an annual gala and fundraiser, will celebrate the community of wood-firing and will feature silent and live auctions, music, art, and the best clay in the region. Baltimore Clayworks will honor ceramicist Ron Lang for a lifetime of bridging academia and art communities internationally. The Clay Ball will be held at the Engineer’s Club on Friday, September 25, 2009 from 7:00-11:00pm.

The Mid-Atlantic’s only public double chamber noborigama wood-firing kiln is housed at Baltimore Clayworks. Wood-firing is present in every culture and continent. The firing process is a communal endeavor and serves as a beautiful metaphor for Baltimore Clayworks--a constant force in the field, bold in form, rich with talent and results. Wood-fired surfaces record the history of the firing and reveal every breath of flame and atmospheric conditions during the 120-hour process.

Baltimore Clayworks names Ron Lang as the 2009 Clay Ball honoree. As ceramic faculty chair at MICA, Lang broke the barriers in utility and decorative clay objects and introduced an entirely new way for Americans to view ceramics. Sampling from his sculpture, Lang creates wood-fired bonsai in which he considers the plant and the container to craft “oneness”.

Ticket prices are $175 per person and $1750 for a table of 10; tickets including tour of Asian ceramics at the Walters Art Museum $195 per person and $1950 for a table of 10. Tickets are available on-site in the Gallery Building, online at, or by calling 410-578-1919. Every guest will receive a wood-fired dessert plate created by Baltimore Clayworks artists and wood-fired in Baltimore Clayworks’ noborigama wood-kiln.