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.
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.
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.
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.