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REVOLUTION: BRINGING CLAY FULL CIRCLE
February 17, 2011
Opening Reception:  5:30-7PM
Academic Symposium:   7-8:30PM

Revolution: Bringing Clay Full Circle is part of Baltimore Clayworks’ year-long 30th Anniversary Celebration. Baltimore area colleges and universities have come together for a four-part project which honors local faculty’s connections to and respect for Baltimore Clayworks.

Revolution kicks off with an academic symposium on Thursday, February 17, 2011, at the Brown Center on the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) campus. The evening brings together students and faculty of ceramic and sculpture from area schools. The keynote address, “Letters of Support,” will be given by Deborah Bedwell, executive director of Baltimore Clayworks. A panel of local faculty will share their ties and experiences at Clayworks. Invitations to students and faculty from other area colleges and universities not involved with the organization of this symposium will be extended.

Concurrently, “Revolution,” an exhibition of ceramic art by organizing instructors and their students, opens at MICA’s Brown Center on February 15 and runs through March 3, 2011. Artworks will come from American University, Baltimore City Community College (BCCC), Community Colleges of Baltimore County (CCBC), Coppin University, Loyola University of Maryland, MICA, Morgan University, and Towson University.

The third component of Revolution is a faculty exchange between the participating colleges and universities, which runs from mid-February to mid-April. Instructors will be guest presenters at other schools, sharing their unique talents and sharing their Clayworks experience with students at the host school. The instructors designing this project strongly felt a need to share processes of working in clay, and not simply display the products created by their students. True to Baltimore Clayworks’ educational mission, this exchange will provide area college students with new ways of working in clay, as presented.

The finale brings faculty and students from the participating schools to Baltimore Clayworks in Mt. Washington for reception and tour of the gallery (date TBA). This will give many area college students their first opportunity to experience the magic that takes place at Baltimore Clayworks.

The academic component to Clayworks 30th Anniversary Celebration shines light on the great number of area faculty who have strong connections with Baltimore Clayworks. The idea of ‘revolution,’ reflected in the project’s title, further points out the dynamic and unusual influence Clayworks has on ceramics education in Maryland institutions of higher learning. Typically in other communities, colleges and universities would be the source of influence upon a community arts center. In this case, each of the instructors in this project speaks passionately about the profound influence Baltimore Clayworks has on their teaching and ceramics career. This reversal is truly revolutionary. The theme of revolution also refers to the rotation of a potter’s wheel, the movement that helps transform a lump of clay into a beautiful vessel.

Nearly every educational institution offering college-level ceramics in the area is represented in this project. Participating faculty and their respective schools involved in the design of this project are: Nicole Fall (BCCC); Maman Rikin (CCBC-Catonsville); Carol Grant (Coppin); Lars Westby (Loyola); David East, Trisha Kyner, and Sarah Barnes (MICA); Blaise DePaolo (Morgan); and Rich Holt (Towson). These artist/educators have had many relationships with Baltimore Clayworks including fellowship recipient, resident artist, member artist, student, and staff members. Also involved with the design of this project is John C. Wilson, an independent curator and artist/educator, who has long and varied ties to Baltimore Clayworks.