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Seconds Sale is coming up!

Baltimore Clayworks’ annual Seconds Sale Weekend is around the corner.

The Seconds Sale weekend begins with a Special Preview Party and Fundraiser on Friday, May 31st from 6-9pm to support all Baltimore Clayworks’ educational and artistic programming in Mount Washington and throughout Baltimore. This year your ticket includes wine, beer, and hors d’oeuvres. Plus, you will be first to shop from hundreds of handmade pottery, sculpture and ceramic objects made by local artists, all at discounted prices. Tickets are $45, $50 at the door. Purchase tickets online, at our front desk, or by phone (410.578.1919) from 10-4 weekdays and 11-4 weekends. *Tickets are transferable but non-refundable.

Join the party and show your generous support of Baltimore Clayworks.

The Seconds Sale Weekend continues on Saturday, June 1, and Sunday June 2, from 11am-4pm with bargains galore, and a Community-building Mosaic Project on the lawn. Bring your family and friends to browse and buy ceramics, and participate in the mosaic project. A last chance Box Sale on Sunday from 3-4pm features huge discounts on entire boxes of seconds.  Saturday and Sunday activities are free and open to the public.

All weekend proceeds support Baltimore Clayworks’ educational and artistic programming in Mount Washington and throughout Baltimore.

We are pleased to have WYPR as our media sponsor.

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Bmore Art’s ART AND with Resident Wesley T. Brown

“Wesley T. Brown isn’t interested in doing anything the easy way. The 28-year-old current resident at Baltimore Clayworks used to work toward creating obsessively uniform pottery. When he perfected that, he started making the largest vessels he could. When that got old, he started mixing chicken grit into the clay to give it a rough and unpredictable texture. That process cut up his hands, but he was hooked on this way of working: setting up a series of challenges within the making process and seeing what results from the fight with his materials.”

Suzy Kopf of Bmore Art interviews ceramicist and sculptor Wesley T. Brown, one of Baltimore Clayworks resident artists.

Read the article here.

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May Letter from our Executive Director

Hello!

I should use this letter to market the “Friends of Clayworks” program, but I’m not sure how to do it without it seeming corny, pushy, and inauthentic. “Come on down!!” “Eat at Joes!!”

When I got back to the United States after graduate school, I decided to go to the Met. Degas’ images and bronzes of dancers are some of my favorite things. They are so familiar to me, like the women I was closest with in high school, warming up at the barre with plies and releves. It had been a while, and I was so excited to see them again.

When I arrived, admission to the Met was $25. Which is a bargain given their collection, but to me it was a ton of money that I didn’t have. So, I couldn’t and didn’t go in to visit my old friends.

If you become a “member” of the Met you get free entry, a great benefit of the program. Baltimore Clayworks’ galleries are free and open to the public seven days a week. The “Friends of Clayworks” program is going to help keep it that way, as well as sustaining and growing all the ways the Baltimore Clayworks strives to support creativity, make the ceramic arts fully accessible, empower artists, and fully celebrate the joy of clay.

Fundraising, by its nature, puts people in an economic hierarchy. Money is a sensitive subject and as a person who is charged with fundraising I always try to acknowledge and respect that fact. The “Friends of Clayworks” gift levels begin at $40, and trust me that $40 does make a difference. For example, it can provide 25 pounds of clay and glazing and firing costs for artists in our community arts programs.

Please join the “Friends of Clayworks” program if you can, but also know that by being involved with Clayworks you are always a friend. Thank you.

And hey! How about all the flamingos at the Met Gala this year?

Your pal and confidant,

Cyndi Wish
Executive Director

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Artist Spotlight: Hannah Pierce

Our May Artist Spotlight feature is with Abilities Fellowship Artist Hannah Pierce. Hannah came to Baltimore Clayworks as our Abilities Fellow in the summer of 2018. She is a ceramic and mixed media artist who creates surreal, narrative-driven sculptures that juxtapose figures with elements from urban landscapes. She received her MFA in Ceramics from Edinboro University of PA and her BA in Studio Art from Humboldt State University of CA. Before graduate school, Hannah worked as an educator for people with developmental disabilities at The Studio and Cheri Blackerby Gallery, located in Eureka, California. Hannah teaches classes both onsite, in our Mt. Washington studio, and off-site with our many community arts partners.

Question #1: What kind of work do you make and why do you make it?
I make surreal sculptures incorporating distorted architectural components, bizarre characters, and complex, mature narratives juxtaposed with playful, child-like visuals. I have an obsessive drive to make these altered realities and I will honestly admit that other peoples’ approval and intrigue is rewarding and keeps me going.

Question #2: What drew you to clay?
I enjoyed the fact that I could shape it into any form as a surface to paint on. It allows me to experiment and play with dimension and I can’t imagine going back to painting on a flat, rectangular canvas.

Question #3: What is your fondest or funniest memory associated with clay? 
I always laugh about how when I first took a ceramics class in as an undergraduate student at Humboldt State, I just ruined everything. I was terrible at it and just didn’t have the right touch. But as soon as I got a feel for the material, I began rapidly improving.

Question #4: What is something about yourself or your work that other people may not know about?
I think many people assume that my ideas come very naturally to me and I enjoy every minute of my process. But every sculpture is a ton of work to plan and execute. It is a very rigorous process with a lot of steps and struggles that go unseen.

Question #5: What is your favorite thing about Baltimore Clayworks?
The opportunities to teach at various on and off-site locations within the Community Arts program is my favorite thing about Clayworks. It gives a lot of under-served communities a chance to have a real art class without financial burdens. Through all the different classes I have taught this year, I feel like I have gotten to know this city in much more depth than I think most resident artists do.

Keystone Clay: East

Baltimore Clayworks is excited to host Keystone Clay: East from January 12thto March 2nd, 2019. There will be a closing reception on Saturday, March 2nd from 4-6pm.

This is the first of two exhibitions showcasing the ceramic programs at Pennsylvania colleges and universities. Our three Galleries will be displaying work from the professors and their students side by side, highlighting the ceramic education and inspiration. East will feature work by artists from Millersville University, Moore College of Art and Design, Philadelphia University of the Arts, Tyler School of Art and Westchester University. West will be from March 16th– May 11th, 2019 with Arcadia University, Edinboro University, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Juniata College, Penn State, Slippery Rock University and Shippensburg University.

There are many reasons for this theme. Oftentimes, teachers are so focused on their students, fostering skills, maintaining the classroom that one’s own studio practice is neglected or Call for Entries slip by. Or the cost of applying and shipping to a show is too much for a student, so perhaps this will be their first exhibition…of many. New educational models are in place with post-baccalaureate students and adjuncts sharing the classroom responsibilities with tenured professors and Clayworks would like to celebrate those contributions.

Clayworks really wants to support those emerging artists. Our mission is to “develop, promote and sustain” artistic talent, whether that is in our own classrooms and community or with our neighbors to the North. In addition, we hope our proximity will encourage those students to visit us, to be introduced to our organization and facilities (Wood kiln!) and perhaps encourage them to apply for a residency or internship, so in turn we can bolster that facet of our programing.

We are envisioning and exhibition that will showcase a student’s success that a teacher helped bring into fruition. Celebrate the artistic growth they have nurtured, whether being expressed in functional wares, large scale sculpture, intriguing installations and any ideas in between.

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Also on display is Baltimore Clayworksforce Development Program Inaugural Show from January 11thto March 2nd, 2019. There will be a soft opening reception Friday, January 11thfrom 1-2:30.

Baltimore Clayworks Community Arts program has partnered with Baltimore City Public Schools Transition Services of the Office of Special Education to create a new, innovative classroom where students explore creative ceramic practices along with developing skills they can apply to future work environments. The youth in this program are between the ages of sixteen and twenty-one and are new to ceramics. Over the past few months they have developed fundamental ceramic skills along with a knowledge of studio maintenance, firing practices and glazing. The students have had a chance to develop their fine motor skills and practice articulating and discussing their creative process in addition to developing a basic understanding of ceramic techniques. Along with the art work, students’ artist statements are on display throughout the space.

Both exhibitions are free and open to the public

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Resident Artists’ Open Studio

You’re invited to Baltimore Clayworks’ Resident Artists’ Open Studio! Join us Friday, May 10th, from 6-9pm on the second floor of our studio building for an evening with our resident artists. Our artists will be in their studios and available for conversations, and Jason Piccoli and Hae Won Sohn will give demonstrations. Visiting Artist Yoshi Fujii may also be available for demos and questions. Light refreshments will be served.

Event is free and open to the public.

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