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REINVENTED

REINVENTED is an exhibition featuring twelve ceramic artists who utilize digital technology within a traditional studio practice.

DATES: April 14th – May 26th, 2018
HOURS:  Monday – Friday: 10am – 4pm, Saturday – Sunday: 11am – 4pm
RECEPTION: Saturday, April 14th, 2018 from 6pm – 8pm

Baltimore Clayworks is excited to host the exhibition REINVENTED from April 14th through May 26th, 2018 in our Main Gallery.  Curated by Adam Chau, Program Manager at Clay Art Center in New York, this groundbreaking show features twelve artists who utilize digital technology in a traditional studio practice. Each artist explores, experiments, and collaborates with new technologies including 3d printing, laser cutting, 3d scanning, CNC routing, and more.

Participating artists include: Andy Brayman, Jeremy Brooks, Dr. Katie Bunnell, Brian Caponi, Bryan Czibesz/Shawn Spangler, Sharan Elran, Brett Freund, Chris Gustin, Mia Mulvey, Megumi Naitoh, Paul Scott, and Joey Watson.

In addition to REINVENTED  the back room of our gallery will be occupied by the Towson University ObjectLab and their work from the collaborative class between computer assisted design and ceramic craftsmanship. This melding of the digital and analog will be represented in prototypes, process molds, and finished projects. 

The exhibitions will be on display from April 14th through May 26th. A reception will be held on Saturday, April 14th, from 6pm to 8pm. For more information, call us at 410.578.1919, or visit our website baltimoreclayworks.org.

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 nicole.fall@baltimoreclayworks.org.

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Reporter Megan Pringle visited Clayworks

“Baltimore Clayworks reopens with help from community” – WBAL-TV

WBAL TV Megan Pringle story on Baltimore Clayworks

WBAL-TV 11 BALTIMORE — By Megan Pringle, News Reporter, Nov. 17, 2017 —

Sometimes you just have to find a way to make something happen, even if it seems impossible. That was the case with Baltimore Clayworks. The nonprofit closed this year, but not for long, thanks to the community.

“I couldn’t figure anything to do with myself,” Adam Hopkins said.

Hopkins said it would be hard to believe he would be sharing his ceramic art with people.

“I was incarcerated. I was in there for getting high,” Hopkins said.

While he was in recovery, he was introduced to ceramics through the nonprofit Baltimore Clayworks, and it changed his life.

“It gave me comfort to be able to beat on that clay, see it mold and come into shape with my own hands,” Hopkins said.

He cherishes not just what he made out of clay, but also the community he created for himself.

“They have my love, and I still have that today,” Hopkins said.

For 37 years, that’s been part of the mission at Baltimore Clayworks — a space created and run by artists who are educating as as well as giving back.

“It now reaches in to some of the most undeserved and marginalized communities in Baltimore,” Baltimore Clayworks co-founder Deb Bedwell said.

But it’s not easy. This year, the nonprofit faced large debt and few options. It had to make tough choices.

“There’s not always enough money, cash, at the end the day to be visionary or to maintain,” Baltimore Clayworks co-founder Deb Bedwell said. “It looked like what they needed to do, was simply close.”

In September, Clayworks did just that, but not for long. Thanks to community support, in November it started teaching classes again.

“That love was still here. It’s like I stepped into a family,” Hopkins said.

And this weekend, the gallery will reopen.

“I felt very gratified to be part of a community that cared that much,” Bedwell said.

That’s a true work of art.

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