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January 5, 2009
For Immediate Release

Contact: Deborah Bedwell
Executive Director
410 578 1919 x 13

Baltimore Clayworks offers FREE classes to jobless

Baltimore, Maryland—Having access to a creative outlet during stressful times can make a real difference in how individuals cope with their difficulties. During this time of increased lay-offs and downsizing, Baltimore Clayworks is offering free classes in pottery and sculpture to currently unemployed individuals, which will allow participants to channel some of their frustrations into creativity. There are 35 slots available.  Enrollment is underway, and classes will begin the week of Sunday, February 8, 2009. Applicants' unemployment status must be verified in writing, and a photo ID must be presented with the documentation of unemployment when registering. Enrollment must occur in person at Clayworks' main offices at 5707 Smith Avenue (Mt. Washington). Offices are open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday.

The free classes are weekend, evening and  daytime classes and will meet in 12-week sessions, three hours, once a week (a $345 value). The purchase of 25 pounds of clay is required at the time of enrollment for $13.78 plus tax. This clay may last a beginning student throughout the course's term. Tools and final firing fees will constitute the only additional costs (approximately $45 over the 12-week term as class activity progresses). Studio open times and bisque firing (the first firing) are available at no charge to all enrolled students. Volunteer opportunities, networking and creative activity are also available to students at Baltimore Clayworks. Visit our Web site or call 410 578 1919 x 13 for additional information about class offerings for unemployed individuals.

Founded in 1980 by a group of local artists, Baltimore Clayworks is the region’s only nonprofit ceramic arts center and recognized as one of the top 20 arts organizations in Maryland. Baltimore Clayworks is dedicated to promoting, developing, and sustaining educational, artistic, and collaborative programs in the ceramic arts. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday.