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Letter from the President May 2018

Letter from the President May 2018

Hello Clayworks Community,

It is exciting to be approaching a one-year milestone this fall celebrating the ReOPENING of Baltimore Clayworks. “Seven months in” the leadership team is already proud to acknowledge the successful relaunch of all four program areas: education, community arts, exhibitions, and artist residencies. Very soon we will share some wonderful details about our new Resident Artists.

Not as obvious, but as important, we have accomplished many “behind the scenes” infrastructure challenges and continue to transition to new and updated digital technology. The organization has completed a large portion of debt repayment due to you, our strong and generous community and the critical long-term government and foundation support that values the importance of Clayworks in serving Baltimore and Maryland communities.

Of course my letters will always acknowledge Clayworks’ volunteers and a very patient, dedicated and professional staff. In addition, your tireless Board logged in over 3,000 volunteer hours of their time- and this was just in the first 3 months of Clayworks’ reopening. (October 1-December 31, 2017).

I am pleased to announce that all of our Board Minutes and the 2018 Board meeting schedule are posted online. We have spent a good deal of time at Board meetings discussing and conducting research about the posting of minutes online to accomplish our primary goals of transparency and building/ rebuilding trust with the Clayworks Community. It’s taken longer than we intended, but the request to post Minutes is now taking place.

The minutes from October 2017- April 2018 are official, recording decisions made by the Board and details of topics discussed. Executive sessions are used for legal or personnel matters and as such are not public. Financial reports have always been public and can be found in 990’s online, in the Annual Reports, or are available upon request.

Our commitment as a Board is that we ARE our community and we share the deep interest in making the best decisions for Clayworks with you. We want and will always seek community in-put through the website, open communication (we welcome informal conversations), committees and community meetings.

I’m looking forward to seeing you JUNE 1st at Spice It Up and the Seconds Sale that extends into the weekend. Bring friends and family. And join us in a Summer Class or by sending your children or grandchildren, or your friends and neighbors’ children to Clayworks Summer Camp.

Sincerely,
Sue Patz

Susan Patz
Board of Trustees

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Clay from the Classroom, Beguiled, and Crows, Nests, and Vases

Baltimore Clayworks is excited to present Clay from the Classroom, Beguiled, and Crows, Nests, Vases on display in our galleries from June 2 – July 7, 2018.

Clay from the Classroom, in our Main Gallery, is our annual exhibition celebrating the talent and triumphs of our students and their instructors. Featuring beginner through advanced ceramic art from various classes during the past year, functional wares from mugs to teapots show off the techniques and skills of our students. Tile work, figures, and abstract sculptural art are also part of the show and reflect our course offerings. With our variety of firing possibilities, the artwork ranges from low-fire majolica and mid-temperature electric, to high-fire gas reduction, soda- firing, and wood-fired finishes. All work was created with the guidance and experience of our dedicated instructors, whose work will also be on display.

Beguiled, in our Solo Gallery, is a show of recent work by Lars Westby. Westby’s abstract sculptural works reference utilitarian and industrial objects, pared down to essential details that just allude to their original intent.

Crows, Nests, Vases, in our Project Space Gallery, will contain the work of Norifumi Taniguchi, one of our advanced, Spring Board artists. Taniguchi is inspired by nature and our relationship within it.

The exhibitions will be on display from June 2 – July 7, 2018 with a reception on July 7th from 6 – 8. The exhibitions and reception are free and open to the public.

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2018 Summer Camps

Baltimore Clayworks 2018 Summer Camp

June 18th - August 31st

Join Baltimore Clayworks this summer for an exciting series of summer camps! This summer we will explore our planet’s diverse history, culture, and environments through clay! Campers will become masters of their craft, while exploring hand-building and wheel throwing techniques to create their own inspired clay masterpieces! This summer, we are offering ELEVEN WEEKS of full-day camps for children ages, 6-9, 10-12 and half-day camps for teens ages 12-15! All camps are for one week and run Monday through Friday. Class fees include all materials and firing.

*MULTI CAMP DISCOUNT! Students registering for 2 or more full-day summer camps are eligible to receive a $45 discount on their summer camp enrollment.  Students registering for 2 or more teen summer camps are eligible to receive a $15 discount on their summer camp enrollment.*

 

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Letter from the Interim Executive Director

Hello Clayworks Community,

Thank you for attending the quarterly Community Meeting a couple of weeks ago. We have heard your request for access to our board minutes and financial information. We are currently preparing the minutes of the past 7 months.

Below is the link to our 2016 990. (990s are essentially taxes for non-profit organizations.) Our 2017 990 should be completed soon.

We do want to maintain open communication as you have been so forthright with us and SO helpful in bringing Clayworks back.

The next Community Meetings meetings will be on Sundays, September 9th and December 9th, from 3 - 5 pm.

Please feel free to contact me anytime; Nicole.Fall@baltimoreclayworks.org

We look forward to seeing you at Spice It Up! on Friday, June 1 and at the Seconds Sale June 1-3.

Thank you,

Nicole Fall

Interim Executive Director

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