Cyndi Wish has served as Associate Director for the Truro Center for the Arts, Interim Executive Director of ArtWorks! In New Bedford, Summer Program Director at the Fine Arts Work Center, and Executive Director of the Jamestown Fine Arts Association. Additionally, she has volunteered as a member of the Provincetown Cultural Council, on the Boards of the Jamestown Downtown Association and the Printmakers of Cape Cod, and on the New Bedford Government Affairs Committee. Cyndi has taught drawing, printmaking, and art appreciation at a variety of colleges, universities, and institutions, but her passion is community based educational systems. She lives in Baltimore with her husband, son, and dog, and is currently lazily training to do the Chesapeake Bay Swim, most likely not until 2021. Cyndi Wish holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Corcoran College of Art and Design and a Master of Visual Arts from the University of Sydney.
Merina Casa joined Baltimore Clayworks as the Development Associate at the beginning of 2019 after interning in months prior. She graduated from Parsons School of Design at The New School in New York City with a Masters of Fashion Studies and holds a Bachelors degree in Telecommunications from the University of Florida. Merina has geared many of her studies toward the arts and became involved in ceramics after watching her mother work with pottery for years in her hometown of St. Petersburg, Florida. She is a proud mom to two tabby cats named Parker and Jason, and has nearly 50 plants in her office. She says it's not an addiction but we have yet to verify that.
Curator of Exhibitions
Mary K. Cloonan has performed as the Exhibitions Curator for Baltimore Clayworks since 2007, prior to that she was their Gallery Assistant. In addition to her curatorial work, she serves on the National Council on Education for Ceramic Arts (NCECA) as the Program Director and assists to organize the annual conference.
Originally from Upstate New York, she received her BS in Art Education from Nazareth College in Rochester, NY and earned her MFA in Ceramics from Syracuse University. She is a passionate advocate for arts education and is an adjunct professor at Towson University and Morgan State University. She also teaches at Bryn Mawr School for Girls and is currently developing and building their ceramics program.
She envisions the Galleries at Clayworks as a venue to educate visitors on the techniques and significance of ceramic art within the broader art world. Her articles have appeared in several national and international publications such as; Ceramics Monthly, Pottery Making Illustrated, Sculpture Magazine and Ceramics Art and Perception.
The youngest of five rambunctious red-heads, she is a dog person with four cats. Visit www.cloonanclay.com to see her artwork.
Community Arts /BCYF ( Baltimore Children and Youth Fund) Grant Manager
Nicole Fall is a sculptor-educator-community artist. Her mission is to bring creative thinking and making skills to as many people as possible in order to enhance; critical thinking, grit, and agency to empower people to change the world. She collaborates on public art with communities including; Access Art/ Morell Park Elementary Middle School, Brooklyn O’Malley Boys and Girls Club, and the former, Washington Very Special Arts; School for the Arts and Learning. Visit nicolefallsculpture.wordpress.com to see her artwork.
Ariel Cavalcante Foster
Inclusion Strategist and Community Arts Associate
Ariel Cavalcante Foster is a Brazilian-American artist, curator and community programmer based in Baltimore, MD with a BA from Goucher College (2016) in Studio Art and Arts Administration. Ariel’s organizational work includes leading art workshops, co-directing The Parlour and being an active member of artist-run collective initiatives. She currently is the Inclusion Strategist and Community Arts Associate for Baltimore Clayworks. Visit www.arielcavalcantefoster.art to see her artwork.
Graphic Design Associate
Mikhail Hardy is a visual artist born and raised in Washington DC. Artist at heart and designer by trade be has dedicated his life to the pursuit and elevation of visual aesthetics. He feels as though Baltimore Clayworks is less about the shaping and molding of clay and more about the shaping and molding of minds and hearts of the community. He feels honored to contribute to this movement and Is looking forward to using his skills to create eye catching design work for the Baltimore Clayworks family.
Matthew Hyleck is an associate artist, an instructor and works as the Education Coordinator for Baltimore Clayworks Mt. Washington campus, a position he has held since October 2000. Hyleck received his B.F.A. in Ceramics at Xavier University in 1997. When not in his office Hyleck balances his time crafting utilitarian pottery in his studio, reading as much as possible, hiking Maryland’s finest trails and spending excessive amounts of time building LEGO with his family. Visit www.matthewhyleck.com to see his artwork.
Urban Arts Leadership Fellow
Kelly Palmer is a graduating senior at Coppin State University, majoring in Arts Administration with a minor in Nonprofit Leadership and Youth Development. She is also an Urban Arts Leadership Fellow under the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance in Baltimore. In the future she plans to manage her own nonprofit devoted to mentoring youth. She is an advocate for cultural groups and the representation of black artists. Her mission is to create a legacy for generations to utilize for many years to come. The influence of the arts in addition to the need for an impactful leader in our community is what motivates her to pursue her goal of leading a successful arts sector in our community.
Artist and Children’s Program Manager
Kevin Rohde first came to Baltimore Clayworks in 2013 as the recipient of Baltimore Clayworks Lormina Salter Resident Artist Fellowship. Primarily a sculptor of the human figure, Kevin has taught extensively in the Clayworks studios as well as several area universities and colleges since making Baltimore his home. In 2018, Kevin joined the Clayworks staff as Resident Artist Coordinator and in 2019 became the Artist & Children’s Program Manager.
Kevin is left handed, but shakes with his right. Originally, from Binghamton, NY he exhibits most of the symptoms of an upstate New Yorker, including but not limited to a penchant for lake effect snow, speedies, garbage plates, and is an active member of the BBFRP (Buffalo Bills Fan Recovery Program). He is survived by his loving fiancé Sienna and son Montgomery Carlos, and the most loyal canine companion one could ask for @kiki_4_you. Visit www.rohdeworks.com to see his artwork.
Jeremy Wallace is a wood and soda fire potter originally from Minnesota, where he began working with clay at community college. He received his BFA with a concentration in ceramics from the University of Wisconsin Superior in 2009. Jeremy’s work uses form, texture, and atmospheric firing to capture the beauty of raw clay in the finished vessel. Interested in the community aspect of wood firing, Jeremy gained experience as a wood kiln assistant at Baltimore Clayworks for two years before completing a year-long residency at the Morean Center for Clay in St. Petersburg, FL. Jeremy then returned to Baltimore in 2014 as the Lormina Salter Fellow at Baltimore Clayworks. His work has been exhibited nationally, and he has taught classes and workshops at multiple clay studios, including Touchstone Center for Craft. In 2016 he was chosen as a Ceramics Monthly Emerging Artist. He currently resides in Baltimore and maintains his studio practice at Baltimore Clayworks and is their Woodkiln technician. Visit jeremywallaceceramics.com to view his artwork.
Samuel Wallace is a traditional Jamaican potter who learned to make pots with his extended family in the backyard pottery sheds in rural St. Elizabeth parish. Wallace became a resident artist at Baltimore Clayworks in 1993, after he found the organization in the yellow pages while looking for kiln rental. Wallace has been a Resident Artist, and is a current teacher, exhibitor, and Facilities Technician.
Front Desk Associate
Keagan Yingling lives in Baltimore City with his partner and two cats, Fish and Simone. Part time ceramic artist, full time Stevie Nicks super fan. Keagan plans on pursuing a degree in Environmental Science as well as taking classes here at Baltimore Clayworks.
Front Desk Associate
Isolina Alva was born in this nation under God and was the strongest sperm! Her mom got down on all fours and spat her onto the foggy grounds of Baltimore, Maryland. After drying herself off, she ran out of the patapsco woodlands until she found herself at the Maryland Institute of College of Art. It’s where she is based now, and where she is a free woman that runs around screaming people’s names from obnoxious distances. It’s how she greets her bretheren. Through existential urgency, material sentimentality, and humour, she just wants to make experiences that move her and make people chuckle. What a God damn pleasure it is to be a human, to be able to befriend & talk to beautiful squishy bodies that have golden souls tucked in tight within their ribs.Visit isolina.party to see her artwork.
Front Desk Associate
Emily Lamb is an artist who explores questions regarding the human body, both physical and metaphysical, in her experimental mixed-media sculptures. She is from Denver, Colorado and came to the East coast to earn her BFA at Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Richmond, Virginia. She is a recipient of the TOAST Grant, multiple VCU scholarships, as well as partial/full scholarships to Penland School of Crafts, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, and Pilchuck Glass School. Her art has taken her across the country, to Denmark and Norway, and now to Baltimore as a Baltimore Clayworks Long-term Resident Artist. Visit emilyreneelamb.myportfolio.com to see her artwork.
Originally from Georgia, Ralph met his mother, Cyndi, in the Boston area in 2012, and has traveled through most of America. He enjoys playing ball.
Originally from Compton, California, Kiki came to Clayworks with her step-father, Kevin. An athlete by nature, Kiki currently holds records in the under 10lbs: 40 yard dash, vertical jump, and long jump, the chain link fence climb (pending), and blinking contest. Kiki is allergic to grain, and prefers being held by humans.