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Letter from the Interim Executive Director

Hello Clayworks Community,

Thank you for attending the quarterly Community Meeting a couple of weeks ago. We have heard your request for access to our board minutes and financial information. We are currently preparing the minutes of the past 7 months.

Below is the link to our 2016 990. (990s are essentially taxes for non-profit organizations.) Our 2017 990 should be completed soon.

We do want to maintain open communication as you have been so forthright with us and SO helpful in bringing Clayworks back.

The next Community Meetings meetings will be on Sundays, September 9th and December 9th, from 3 - 5 pm.

Please feel free to contact me anytime;

We look forward to seeing you at Spice It Up! on Friday, June 1 and at the Seconds Sale June 1-3.

Thank you,

Nicole Fall

Interim Executive Director

Community Input Meeting Jan. 27

Baltimore Clayworks invites its Community and others to its first “Quarterly Community Input Meeting,” on Saturday, January 27th, from 3-5pm in the Studio Building.

Meet the new leadership team at Clayworks: the Board of Trustees, Staff and Key Volunteers. We welcome your participation.

After a brief introduction to the new Board, Staff and Volunteers, the Board will update all regarding the re-opening of Baltimore Clayworks, work accomplished to date, and  future plans and programs. We welcome your questions and will respond with the best available information. We will listen to your constructive ideas and suggestions for the Board and Staff’s future consideration. It will be a positive, collaborative meeting — a good way to start the year.

Looking forward to seeing you on the 27th.

Sue Patz
on behalf of the Board and Staff of Baltimore Clayworks

Generous Community, Generous Friends

Our hearts overflow with gratitude for the generous love so many have shown -- and continue to show -- for Baltimore Clayworks. This month we celebrated together at a joy-filled Community Thank You Party (photos here), hosted "Empty Bowls" workshops for Puerto Rico disaster relief, and initiated the "Fund for the Future of Clayworks" challenge campaign with a $150,000 matching grant from a most generous supporter.

Already dozens of donors, from all parts of the country, have stepped forward to help us secure the future. Ceramic Arts Network featured Baltimore Clayworks in posts that reached over 200,000 readers, and generated hundreds of dollars into the fund. Every day students and neighbors stop in at the Holiday Sale to make contributions along with selecting art for their gifts and collections.

And today we are most grateful to announce a grant of $35,000 by The George E. Babylon Jr. and Ruth J. Babylon Charitable Foundation of Baltimore. 

This is a major milestone, as it conveys that the civic foundation community and leadership have growing confidence that Baltimore Clayworks, Inc. is on its way to recovery, that our mission remains vital, and that our programs and people are well-suited to pursue it in the year ahead.

We thank you, the Baltimore Clayworks community, for the strength and dedication that made this recovery possible. Just as you have for most of our 37 years, the people who come together here -- donors, students, teachers, parents and kids, neighbors, staff, trustees, visitors -- understand the gifts of clay and community, and have dedicated yourselves to keeping Clayworks alive and well.

Among those are these generous folks and organizations who made our joyous Community Thank You Party such a memorable occasion:


Party Sponsors
Mount Washington Tavern
The Old Vine
Roggenart Bakery
Sam Wallace
Sidney Emmer
Bill Magruder, Long & Foster
Peter Satten

Mount Washington Merchants
Mount Washington Tavern
Ethel’s Creole Kitchen
Le Bistro de Village
Pasha’s Hammann
Something Else
The Nickel Taphouse
Village Nails & Spa


Gifts From
AVAM Visionary Art Museum
Ayd Hardware
Baltimore Orioles
Black Ankle Vineyard
Bonjour French Bakery & Cafe
Center Stage
Dale German
Elizabeth Whitner
Germano’s Piattini
Grand Cru Bottle Shop
Green Fields Nursery
Larry Canner Photography
Leading Edge Auto Detail
Ojas Massage
The Avenue Bakery
The Charmery
The Village Chocalatier
Theater Project
Wicked Sisters

Tom Chalkley, Caricatures
Duane Hinton, Drummer
Robert Hitz, Ora Chaya Brock, Amy Weishaar – Musicians

Art Donors
Allegra Marquart
Anayezuka Ahidiana
Andy Allen
Anitha Rathinam
Barbara Donoho
Bernard David
Beverly Eisenberg
Courtney Robinson
Deborah Harris
Elizabeth Kendall
Ellen Brown
Gayle Emmer
Ina Mininsohn
Jean Cohen
Ji Sun Yang
Joel Cohen
John Gazurian
John Wilson
Judy Oakley
Kathleen Deasy
Kathleen Stewart
Laura Penza
Linda Goldberg
Lisa Battle
Lynne Molner
Maman Rikin
Marcy Emmer
Marilyn Appel
Marlene Sololoski-Sandler
Marsha Smelkinson
Matt Hyleck
Matthew Yanchuk
Nancy Valk
Rebecca Lowery
Sara Morales-Morgan
Sidney Brower
Sinem Orem
Sonya Meeker
Theresa Reuter
Tim Rowan
Volker Schoenfliess

Party Committee & Volunteers
Marcy Emmer
Marlene Sokoloski-Sandler
Marsha Smelkinson

Alexander Emmer
Amelia Lavin
Ashly Emmer
Barb Donohoe
Carolyn Phillips
Cynthia Kammann
Dorlee Resnick
Elizabeth Whitner
Ellen Brown
Ellen Wasserman
Jane Reifler
Jane West Walsh
Janet Kelly Sause
Johanna Biehler
John Wilson
Kathleen Stewart
Katie Chang
Larry Sandler
Lisa Robey
Lynne Molner
Marilyn Sullivan
Marty Stewart
Mary Jo Kirschman
Molly Jennings
Pam Worthington
Pat Halle
Ted Mathias

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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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Baltimore Clayworks Welcomes You Back

To the Clay Community, Neighbors, Public Officials, and Friends,

The excitement is tangible as classes began November 1. Joy is in the air as the Clay Community starts to fill classes and studios.  Old friends are greeting each other, wheels are spinning, hand-builders are creating vessels, sculptors are forming both abstract and figurative work.  The atmosphere is euphoric; artists, teachers and students are thrilled to have the ability to create ceramic art again.

In less than 1 month after the change in leadership of Baltimore Clayworks on September 26, community volunteers have come together in impressive numbers to restore the buildings, clean every surface, prepare the classrooms and studios, and ready the kilns for action. The Leadership Team is working hard on the administrative side of the organization. The new Board of Trustees is both governing and filling staff positions until such time allows for the hiring of more staff.  Volunteers are also filling critical daily positions, covering front desk operations and assisting in marketing and event planning.

New class offerings for Winter 2018 will be announced this week. Come explore clay if you have never done so before. Assist in the office, or join one of Clayworks Committees. Shop at our traditional Holiday Sale from Nov. 18th – December 23rd.  Join us December 10th at the Community Thank You Party, as we celebrate the work YOU have done.


Sue Patz, on behalf of the Board of Trustees                 

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Still Time, and Plenty To Do

Still timeWe’ve turned the calendar page and entered November, the second month of the new era for Baltimore Clayworks. Will you join us in these exciting times as Baltimore Clayworks pursues its mission with renewed vigor? Plenty of ways for you to join in:

LEARN! Put your hands in clay

Enroll in a 6-week adult class. Just $185 (or no charge for students with summer credit due). Join your friends or make new acquaintances in one of these classes still available:
Basic Wheel — Sundays 6pm or Tuesdays 10am
Basic II/Intermediate Wheel — Thursdays 10am or Sundays 11am
Jamaican Coil & Soft Slab Handbuilding — Thursdays 6:30pm
Design-Build Soft Slab Functional Pottery — Sundays 6pm
Majolica & Luster Glazes — Sundays 11am
HELP OUT! Volunteer

Helping handsMore than ever before, Baltimore Clayworks operates with the help of members and friends volunteering time stepping up to lend a hand. Just an hour or two of your time makes a big difference. Take a look at all the ways to pitch in. Visit our Helping Hands Volunteer Page and tell us exactly what you would like to do.

Here’s a look at some upcoming programs. Save the dates!

HOLIDAY SALE 2017 — Your favorite artists are preparing work for our annual Holiday Sale in the Baltimore Clayworks Gallery. Gift selections, collectors items, decorative and functional pottery, inspiring sculpture, jewelry and more.  November 17 through December 22.

EMPTY BOWLS for PUERTO RICO RELIEF — Weekend of December 2-3 at Baltimore Clayworks. More info to come.

COMMUNITY THANK YOU PARTY — Sunday December 10, from 4 to 7 pm. A holiday season gathering to salute the Community that Worked to Save Baltimore Clayworks. What you did was extraordinary and generous, and those who love this special community want to celebrate with you.

Whatever your role, this party is for you! Did you donate to the campaign? Volunteer or help with clean-up? Rally at an event? Write letters to lawmakers? Support the campaign at the State House in Annapolis or at the Baltimore City Hall? Sign the petition? Share our message by website or Facebook?

Join us for a friendly gathering in the Gallery Building for some festivity and reminiscing. Light refreshments. Door prizes and drawings. Special sales and collector auctions. Music and surprises.

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