Baltimore Clayworks is a community-centered ceramics institution in the Mt. Washington neighborhood of Baltimore, Maryland. Our organization was founded by nine artists in 1980 and in 1984 received its nonprofit 501(c)3 status. We are known for our attentiveness to our city, and possess a national and international reputation for artistic excellence, artists’ support, and community involvement.
The mission of Baltimore Clayworks is to develop, sustain, and promote an artist-centered community that provides outstanding educational, artistic, and collaborative programs in the ceramic arts. Its core values are artist-centeredness, excellence, inclusivity, integrity, and joy.
Our Core Values
Baltimore Clayworks is Aritst–Centered, committed to the principle that making and appreciating art are essential to the nourishment of the human spirit.
Baltimore Clayworks is Inclusive, bringing a lens of equity in race, disability, and gender to all decisions as we deliver programs to both new learners and professional artists, students, and collectors and artists and collectors from diverse economic, cultural, ethnic, and geographic backgrounds.
We strive for increasing levels of Excellence in our art and in our management. It supports growth and gives us credibility among experts and peers.
Baltimore Clayworks programs and management decisions are planned and executed with Integrity.
Joy is pervasive in the Clayworks workplace – classrooms, studios, community facilities, offices and even the Boardroom. This is expressed through the joy of accomplishment, of working in environments of trust and excellence, and of being inclusive and transparent.
What We Do
Provide affordable studio space, equipment, and professional opportunities that encourage participation by national and international ceramic artists who produce ceramic artworks of the highest quality.
Bring stellar emerging and established artists to Baltimore through our residency and exhibitions programs.
Offer hands-on studio and community classes in all aspects of pottery, clay sculpture, and ceramic processes for children and adults. Clayworks’ educational programs are led by artists who are both locally treasured and retain high national profiles in the field of ceramics.
Present on-site, off-site, and online exhibitions and sale of the work of local, national and international ceramic artists, in solo and group format, curated or juried by professional artists in the field. Our exhibitions showcase the best of international, national and local ceramic artists working in sculpture, pottery, installation and conceptual ceramics.
Develop sensitively conceived and collaboratively designed programs with artists and community organizations that bring art experiences of authenticity, excellence, and meaning into the lives of children and adults who do not usually have such access.
Our Statement of Commitment
Baltimore Clayworks’ intentional efforts towards diversity, equity, accessibility and inclusion serve our core values of artist-centeredness, excellence, inclusivity, integrity, and joy. We are better able to fulfill our mission as a non-profit ceramic arts center when we strive to be a greater representation of the diversity of Baltimore’s communities and when we carefully evaluate all our efforts with these commitments in mind.
Guiding Principles and Actions
- Ensure that we continue to grow a diverse staff, board and cadre of teachers
- Aim resources toward building a diverse user population of our studios and classrooms
- Build diverse partnerships with individuals, organizations and institutions
- Embrace community feedback and evaluate our operations and programs, ensuring our practices are inclusive and equitable
Initiatives established in September 2019
We are committed to addressing:
- Our current leadership board, staff, teachers, exhibiting artists, residents, and students to better reflect the racial, economic, ability and multitude of ages that make up Baltimore. We will deepen our investment in these internal efforts by regular and routine identification and provide individually determined support that make it possible for all who participate in our organization to thrive.
- Socioeconomic inequity by eliminating barriers to our classes and programs by providing scholarships, free and low cost partner based classes, internships and work study programs. A priority of Board and staff is seeking funding to support an on-going scholarship program.
- Disability inclusion and access by working in collaboration with community partners to provide accessible classes, exhibitions and residency opportunities to people with developmental and intellectual disabilities. Our staff responds to requests for individualized supports as needed for students and families as needed.
There is hard work and distance between our current existence and our imagined future. What a gift it is to be part of an artistic community where we can collectively create new solutions.
We welcome dialogue, including your feedback and dreams. Please feel free to contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org and phone at (410) 578-1919.
Updated by The Diversity, Equity, Access and Inclusion Committee of Baltimore Clayworks, November 2020
Top Image: Works by Jeremy Wallace