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March 25, 2009

Media Contact:
Betsy Laucks, Director of eCeramica
Baltimore Clayworks
5707 Smith Avenue
Baltimore, Maryland 21209
Phone: 410.578.1119 Fax 410.578.0058

Baltimore Clayworks Presents

Green Gifts at
Made Locally and by Hand, Ceramic Art Pieces Available for Corporate and Personal Gifts


Baltimore, Maryland - March 25, 2009 - Baltimore Clayworks, the city’s premier ceramic arts center, is offering a new line of Earth-friendly ceramic pieces through its eCeramica online gift service. Open to the public, eCeramica presents a selection of vases, platters, mugs and more, all designed and crafted by the area’s most talented clay artists. Individuals and corporate clients will find a wide selection of choices starting at $20, and every piece is handmade in Baltimore with non-toxic clay and glaze. In celebration of Earth Day, eCeramica will be offering a special 15% discount from April 19th through the 25th.

Baltimore Clayworks has been offering the local community pieces by its professional artists since 1980. Betsy Laucks, Director of eCeramica, said “Purchases from eCeramica are guaranteed to be lead and toxin-free and skillfully handmade by fairly-compensated local artists. If customers have questions about anything related to eCeramica, the can call us or stop by the Baltimore Clayworks gallery in Mt. Washington. We’ll have answers for them.”

The quality, non-toxic items from eCeramica are not only healthy choices for anyone who uses them; they are also good for the environment. Buying from the Baltimore-based online service cuts down on transportation of goods and the harmful greenhouse gasses. Companies and individual customers in the area can also be proud of their conscious choice to support the local economy and environmental sustainability. A gift from eCeramica is a reflection of those values.

These eco-friendly pieces are heirloom quality that can be passed down to future generations, not easily discarded like so many commonplace alternatives. “Even restaurant gift cards are made of plastic and end up polluting the Earth for generations to come,” said Laucks. “We’re presenting our customers an opportunity to go back to the days of purchasing items from local artisans who take immense pride in their work. You’ll know their names even when you make a purchase from our website, and the receiver of every gift gets a card with information about the artist who made it.”

Each gift is elegantly packaged with recyclable materials, and can be personalized with a company logo for businesses who wish to impress their clients, customers and employees.

Better for our Earth, better for our offices and homes, and better for Baltimore. Visit to learn more about Baltimore Clayworks’ online gift service and browse the gallery of available pieces.

About eCeramica- Baltimore Clayworks created eCeramica to provide local individuals and corporate clients an opportunity to conveniently purchase unique and memorable gifts of superior quality. The site offers ceramic works of art that are created locally by artists, beautifully packaged and presented with a personalized card for the receiver. Every purchase from eCeramica provides new revenue for Baltimore Clayworks community arts programs serving disadvantaged youths, supports its network of member artists, and builds awareness of the organization’s mission. eCeramica was made possible through a grant from the Marion I. and Henry J. Knott Foundation. For more information, visit