Tax Credits For You Mean Win-Win-Win

Make a contribution before the end of the year to magnify your benefits for all! Your end-of-year contribution adds to our matching appeal goal.  And you, the donor, benefit twice!

How? Each contribution to our Fund for the Future is matched by the generous challenge grant, giving Baltimore Clayworks important resources to launch our rebuilding and growth. PLUS … donors of $500 or more may receive tax credits (in addition to charitable deductions) to lower your tax payments.

How it Works: 

Step #1 —  Write a check or make a credit card donation to Baltimore Clayworks. (See links below to make it easy for you.)

Step #2 — Fill out a CITC Waiver Form (see the links below) and return it to Baltimore Clayworks immediately. We will sign the form and return a copy to you in January for your tax return preparation.

Step #3 — When you pay your taxes, claim a charitable deduction, as you always have done, and Claim a Community Investment Tax Credit (CITC) on your Maryland Tax Form.

The amount of the tax credit you can claim is equal to 50% of your contribution to Clayworks!

Reminder — You must complete and return the CITC waiver form (see link below) to Baltimore Clayworks immediately, Mail it with your check, or send it after making your contribution via credit card.  THANK YOU

Instructions here: CITC Waiver Instructions

Tax credit Waiver Form here:  Baltimore Clayworks CITC Waiver Form

Note: Contributions of $1,000 may be made online here: Online Contributions to Baltimore Clayworks. For larger contributions, please pay by check or provide your credit card information to Baltimore Clayworks.

Generous Community, Generous Friends

Our hearts overflow with gratitude for the generous love so many have shown -- and continue to show -- for Baltimore Clayworks. This month we celebrated together at a joy-filled Community Thank You Party (photos here), hosted "Empty Bowls" workshops for Puerto Rico disaster relief, and initiated the "Fund for the Future of Clayworks" challenge campaign with a $150,000 matching grant from a most generous supporter.

Already dozens of donors, from all parts of the country, have stepped forward to help us secure the future. Ceramic Arts Network featured Baltimore Clayworks in posts that reached over 200,000 readers, and generated hundreds of dollars into the fund. Every day students and neighbors stop in at the Holiday Sale to make contributions along with selecting art for their gifts and collections.

And today we are most grateful to announce a grant of $35,000 by The George E. Babylon Jr. and Ruth J. Babylon Charitable Foundation of Baltimore. 

This is a major milestone, as it conveys that the civic foundation community and leadership have growing confidence that Baltimore Clayworks, Inc. is on its way to recovery, that our mission remains vital, and that our programs and people are well-suited to pursue it in the year ahead.

We thank you, the Baltimore Clayworks community, for the strength and dedication that made this recovery possible. Just as you have for most of our 37 years, the people who come together here -- donors, students, teachers, parents and kids, neighbors, staff, trustees, visitors -- understand the gifts of clay and community, and have dedicated yourselves to keeping Clayworks alive and well.

Among those are these generous folks and organizations who made our joyous Community Thank You Party such a memorable occasion:


Party Sponsors
Mount Washington Tavern
The Old Vine
Roggenart Bakery
Sam Wallace
Sidney Emmer
Bill Magruder, Long & Foster
Peter Satten

Mount Washington Merchants
Mount Washington Tavern
Ethel’s Creole Kitchen
Le Bistro de Village
Pasha’s Hammann
Something Else
The Nickel Taphouse
Village Nails & Spa


Gifts From
AVAM Visionary Art Museum
Ayd Hardware
Baltimore Orioles
Black Ankle Vineyard
Bonjour French Bakery & Cafe
Center Stage
Dale German
Elizabeth Whitner
Germano’s Piattini
Grand Cru Bottle Shop
Green Fields Nursery
Larry Canner Photography
Leading Edge Auto Detail
Ojas Massage
The Avenue Bakery
The Charmery
The Village Chocalatier
Theater Project
Wicked Sisters

Tom Chalkley, Caricatures
Duane Hinton, Drummer
Robert Hitz, Ora Chaya Brock, Amy Weishaar – Musicians

Art Donors
Allegra Marquart
Anayezuka Ahidiana
Andy Allen
Anitha Rathinam
Barbara Donoho
Bernard David
Beverly Eisenberg
Courtney Robinson
Deborah Harris
Elizabeth Kendall
Ellen Brown
Gayle Emmer
Ina Mininsohn
Jean Cohen
Ji Sun Yang
Joel Cohen
John Gazurian
John Wilson
Judy Oakley
Kathleen Deasy
Kathleen Stewart
Laura Penza
Linda Goldberg
Lisa Battle
Lynne Molner
Maman Rikin
Marcy Emmer
Marilyn Appel
Marlene Sololoski-Sandler
Marsha Smelkinson
Matt Hyleck
Matthew Yanchuk
Nancy Valk
Rebecca Lowery
Sara Morales-Morgan
Sidney Brower
Sinem Orem
Sonya Meeker
Theresa Reuter
Tim Rowan
Volker Schoenfliess

Party Committee & Volunteers
Marcy Emmer
Marlene Sokoloski-Sandler
Marsha Smelkinson

Alexander Emmer
Amelia Lavin
Ashly Emmer
Barb Donohoe
Carolyn Phillips
Cynthia Kammann
Dorlee Resnick
Elizabeth Whitner
Ellen Brown
Ellen Wasserman
Jane Reifler
Jane West Walsh
Janet Kelly Sause
Johanna Biehler
John Wilson
Kathleen Stewart
Katie Chang
Larry Sandler
Lisa Robey
Lynne Molner
Marilyn Sullivan
Marty Stewart
Mary Jo Kirschman
Molly Jennings
Pam Worthington
Pat Halle
Ted Mathias

Winter 2018 Adult Classes at Clayworks

Full calendar of Adult classes at Baltimore Clayworks for the Winter session (January-February 2018). Beginners, intermediate, experienced potters, makers and builders — learn more about the joy and magic of clay in these 6-week sessions. Click + for descriptions and dates. Also available: Try It Workshops and Date Nights. Space is limited. Please register early. Questions? Email or phone 410.578.1919. How to register:

Click to download Winter 2018

Short Focus: Surface & Decoration

Majolica Sampler

In this 6-week intensive surface course participants will enjoy learning about the wide variety of decorating techniques available with majolica glazes.  Participants will explore traditional, domestic pottery and tile through a series of demonstrations designed to provide an overview of both contemporary and historical majolica work.  Basic color theory and a range of brush work will be demonstrated.  This course is intended for students with no prior experience with the technique – hand-builders and potters welcome.  Course fee includes 25# clay and bisque, glaze firing fees are additional.

(Volker Schoenfliess) 18W_ST01 – Sunday, 11:00am-2:00pm, January 7 – February 11

Fee: $185

Surface Sampler

This 6-week course will explore a plethora of surface techniques that can be used to illustrate both sculptural and functional ceramic work. Techniques for the many stages of clay will be covered, including wet, dry, bisque and glazed surfaces. Sgraffito, mishima, mono-printing, stencils, water-etching, slip trailing, painting on bisque, glaze resist, china paint, luster and commercial decals will be demonstrated. Weekly demonstrations will be coupled with student experimentation on 4” tile or finished test pieces. Firing will be ^6 oxidation but this arsenal of ideas and techniques may be useful on all clay at any temperature. This course is for students who have a basic foundation in ceramics – applicable for both hand-builders or wheel students.  Course fee includes clay and bisque, glaze firing fees are additional.  

(Sara Morales-Morgan) 18W_ST05 – Wednesday, 6:30-9:30pm, January 10 – February 14

Fee: $185

Wood Fire at Clayworks

Noborigama: Community Woodfire

Sign up now to experience the flash of the Baltimore Clayworks Noborigama!  Your pots may take on a rich variety of colorful flashing and deposits from wood ash or salt depending on which chamber you choose.   We fire into the evening on Saturday into Sunday morning which allows plenty of time for shared conversation and food.  Everyone will have an opportunity to choose shifts in preparation and during the firing process that are appropriate.  One share constitutes kiln space equal to 12” x 12” x 60”.  Participants are encouraged to contact Baltimore Clayworks with questions regarding appropriate clay bodies, slips or glazes for use in the Noborigama.

Jeremy Wallace

18W_CW01 Thursday, February 22 – load,

Saturday, February 24 & Sunday, February 25– fire

Fee: $175

Introduction to Woodfire

This class is intended for those who have a foundation in clay seeking to explore the potential of wood firing & salt firing in the 2-chamber noborigama kiln. This class will be open to independence and experimentation of style, technique and surface possibilities.  Students will be encouraged to take chances and try their hands at exploring the subtle raw clay surface, flashing slips and glaze surface. Participants may play with tumble stacking, applied ash, glass or other inclusions, and saggar firing.  Jeremy will act as a facilitator and guide to help you find solutions on your way to creating the work that excites you. This course is for students comfortable at an Intermediate level. Course fee includes 25# clay and bisque, glaze firing fees are additional. Participants may join a community woodfire facilitated by the instructor.

(Jeremy Wallace) 18W_ST02 – Sunday, 6:00-9:00pm, January 7 – February 11

Fee: $185

Potter's Wheel

Basic Wheel Sampler: a wheel tease

This course offers new students a 6-week introduction to the potter’s wheel.  This class is designed for those students who are unable to commit to a full length class but still wish to have an extended studio clay experience.  Participants will experience basic methods of centering clay, forming cylinder and bowl forms, trimming and adding handles. Students will also learn how to finish their pots using standard decorating and glazing techniques.  This class is for students with no prior wheel experience, all are welcome.  Course fee includes 25# clay and bisque, glaze firing fees are additional. Fee: $185

(Sam Wallace) 18W_BWS2 – Wednesday, 10:00am-1:00pm, January 10 – February 14

FULL - (Joanna Merry) 18W_BWS1 – Sunday, 6-9pm, January 7 – February 11

FULL -(Melissa Davis) 18W_BWS3 – Tuesday, 6:30-9:30pm, January 9 – February 13

FULL - (Brad Blair) 18W_BWS4 – Wednesday, 6:30-9:30pm, January 10 – February 14


This 6-week session offers you the refinement of your technical skills through repetition and production.  Each week students will be encouraged to explore two functional forms of their choosing and will be encouraged to define design goals.  Tangible technique throughout the course will emphasized including methods for making more confident forms, throwing a thinner walls and crafting pottery with specific purpose with a goal of identifying individual “voice” in clay.  Students will be challenged to be more critical with the process as well as the finished pieces.  Previous throwing experience is required. Course fee includes 25# clay and bisque, glaze firing fees are additional. Fee: $185

(Antoinette Nero) 18W_IW2 – Monday, 6:30-9:30pm, January 8 – February 12

FULL -- (Shawna Pincus) 18W_IW1 – Sunday, 11 - 2pm, January 7 – February 11


Sculpture & Hand-building

Jamaican Coil Building: Extended Soft Slab and Coil

Come dance around your pot with Sam Wallace in this 6-week exploration of commercial clays.  Participants will gain insight into traditional folk art hand-building techniques employed by Sam for building his large-scale vessels. Combining both slab-building plus press molds students will create a wide variety of forms, from vases to the famous “pineapple pot”.  Students will be using a variety of clay in this class including hand-processed natural ^10 clay. This is a wonderful cultural opportunity in which you will learn a different and unique method of working in clay. Course fee includes 25 lbs. of clay and bisque firing, glaze firing fees are additional.

(Sam Wallace) 18W_HB3 – Thursday, 6:30-9:30pm, January 11 – February 15

Fee: $185

Focus on Form

Focus on Form: Breakfast Settings

This 6-week class will design settings and examine the purpose and intent behind each object unique to the breakfast table. The cup is arguably the most intimate of all functional ceramic forms, the bowl is the most versatile while the plate serves to frame and formalize a meal. These basic forms serve the central role of the everyday dining ritual. These objects set the tone for our meal – formal, casual, intimate or traditional – and designing these vessels demand consideration to the shape, volume, lip, foot, handle, surface.  Through demonstration, conversation and hands-on practice participants will consider these tabletop elements and explore a cast of supporting vessels. Previous wheel experience is required. Course fee includes 25 lbs. of clay and bisque, glaze firing fees are additional.  

(Matthew Hyleck) 18W_ST04 – Tuesday, 10:00am-1:00pm, January 9 – February 13

Fee: $185

Focus on Form: Teapots and Tea Sets

Using the teapot form and related pieces, participants will learn throwing/hand-building fundamentals as well as honing their 3-D design sensibilities. Attention to proportion, scale, related shape/size of component parts of teapots will sharpen visual acuity and sensitivity to function and presentation.  Timing, decorating and glaze application are key to pulling together a successful teapot. Complimentary pieces may be incorporated to complete a setting. Basic Wheel or one hand-building class is suggested prerequisite. Course fee includes 25 lbs. of clay and bisque firing - glaze firing fees are additional.

(Deborah Bedwell) 18W_ST06 – Thursday, 10:00am-1:00pm, January 11 – February 15

Fee: $185

Focus on Form: Jars

In this 6-week session students will focus on lidded forms and methods for crafting a variety of lids. Students will learn to craft lids that fit well and compliment the form and specific function of the form. Demonstrations that will focus on the use of 3 primary lid styles – recessed inset, flanged and rose covered – to create a range of functional containers including but not limited to; spice jars, canisters and cream & sugar sets! Surface glaze application specific to lidded form will be discussed. Previous wheel experienced is required, recommended for intermediate level and above. Course fee includes 25# clay and bisque, glaze firing fees are additional.

(Matthew Hyleck) 18W_ST07 – Tuesday, 6:30-9:30pm, January 9 – February 13

Fee: $185

Welcome Nicole Fall, Interim Executive Director

Nicole Fall - Baltimore ClayworksThe Board of Trustees of Baltimore Clayworks, Inc. is pleased to announce the selection of Nicole Fall to assume the responsibilities of Interim Executive Director.

Nicole Fall is an artist-educator who has been an arts administrator, exhibiting artist and educator. She was a founding teacher of George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology, a high school for the arts, Associate Professor and Coordinator for Visual, Performing, and Communication Arts at Baltimore City Community College, an adjunct professor at MICA, and a teacher in the Baltimore City Public Schools.

A sculptor who works in clay, welded steel, and cast bronze, Nicole is a two-time recipient of the Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award. She also worked for Baltimore Clayworks in the early 2000s as Community Arts Programs Director.

Nicole looks forward to working with the Baltimore Clayworks community as it navigates this exciting and transitional period.

“In my experience as a teacher I have had the honor of guiding and witnessing the transformation that happens when a student picks up a lump of clay and makes a cup, or a cat, or a creature from the deep; their eyes light up with possibility,” she says.  “I would like to continue the work, in my role as interim executive director of Baltimore Clayworks, of bringing clay to community inspiring hope and possibility.“

She may be reached at

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