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Celebrate Global Day of Clay With Baltimore Clayworks


Along with ceramic arts centers throughout the world, Baltimore Clayworks celebrates this year’s Global Day of Clay on October 10, 4-7 p.m., and you are invited to join in.

Exactly one year since reopening the doors and the return of artists and students, our treasured ceramic arts center is now thriving. In recognition of this success, our street will be renamed Clayworks Way, a fitting signal that Baltimore Clayworks is firmly On The Map in its historic Mt. Washington home, and here to stay.

On The Map, a public celebration from 4:00 to 7:00pm on Global Day of Clay, will include the street naming ceremony (4:30pm) and honors for civic leaders and donors who supported Baltimore Clayworks, as well as students, volunteers, and partners who are integral to the Clayworks community.

Celebration events open to the public during On The Map will include summer camper, student, community arts displays, studio and “Welcome to the Clayborhood” exhibition tours, refreshments and music. For this family-friendly event at Baltimore Clayworks, all ages of neighbors, supporters, and students are welcome to attend. There is no admission fee.

Earlier during Global Day of Clay, Baltimore Clayworks’ artists will introduce elementary school students from several Baltimore neighborhoods to the joy of clay with demos, studio tours, and hands-on mini-workshops.

Global Day of Clay events throughout the world are available on Global Day of Clay’s website. Many other clay centers and schools in our region are also participating in the Global Day of Clay, including the following:

Global Day of Clay Participants in Maryland coming soon.

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Baltimore Clayworks Selected As A Grantee of Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Arts Innovation and Management Program (AIM)

Baltimore Clayworks is pleased to announce that it is a grantee recipient of Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Arts Innovation and Management (AIM) program. The invitation-only program seeks to strengthen the organizational capacity and programming of small and mid-size cultural organizations within Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Denver, New Orleans, Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C. Through the $43 million multi-year initiative, Bloomberg Philanthropies will provide Baltimore Clayworks with unrestricted general operating support as well as arts management training in areas that include fundraising, strategic planning, marketing and board development.

“Baltimore Clayworks is honored to be invited to participate in the Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Arts Innovation and Management program”, says Susan Patz, president of Baltimore Clayworks.  “The timing could not be more favorable as new Board and Executive leadership bring fresh insight to our organization. Clayworks has the opportunity to further advance its mission: creating transformative programming, exhibitions, artist residencies and community partnerships that serve the diverse population of Baltimore. The additional mentorship from Bloomberg Philanthropies allows for best strategic targeting and goal-oriented methods to accomplish this growth.”

AIM targets arts non-profits because of the vital role that they play in building communities, driving local economies and supporting artists. “The arts inspire people, provide jobs, and strengthen communities,” said Michael R. Bloomberg, founder of Bloomberg Philanthropies. “This program is aimed at helping some of the country’s most exciting cultural organizations reach new audiences and expand their impact.”

Bloomberg Philanthropies will develop curricula and conduct seminars for the program in partnership with leading experts, including the DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the University of Maryland, led by Institute Chairman Michael M. Kaiser and President Brett Egan. AIM organizations will engage in activities that strengthen their long-term health and goals, and will receive one-on-one consultations and implementation support for organization leaders and their boards.

All organizations invited to participate in the 2018 expansion of the AIM program are nonprofits that have been in existence for at least two years. Participating organizations will be required to secure 20% of their AIM grant in matching dollars; reach 100% board participation in fundraising; and maintain up-to-date information in DataArts, an online management tool that assists arts organizations across the country in collecting, learning from, and using data effectively. The grants will be unrestricted to allow recipients to utilize the funds to address their greatest needs.

Since 2011, AIM has helped more than 500 small and mid-sized organizations in all creative disciplines, including theater, visual arts, music, film, literature and dance. Participating organizations reported significant improvements in board development, fundraising and overall income over the two-year program. Watch this video for an overview of the Arts Innovation and Management program:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4KJy8DgjRDg&feature=youtu.be.

 About Baltimore Clayworks

Baltimore Clayworks is the region’s only cultural non-profit institution dedicated solely to the ceramic arts. Clayworks was founded in 1980 as a community-centered ceramics institution located in the Mt. Washington neighborhood of Baltimore, MD. Clayworks provides affordable studio space, equipment, and professional opportunities. It offers hands-on studio classes for children and adults, presents exhibitions showcasing the work of the best professional artists in the field of ceramics. It also hosts a sales gallery, and has a dedicated community arts program. Community arts at Baltimore Clayworks partners with local community organizations to bring art experiences into the lives of at-risk children and marginalized adults. Visit www.baltimoreclayworks.org, on Facebook at Baltimore Clayworks, Twitter, and Instagram.

Contact: Susan Patz, President Board of Trustees, Baltimore Clayworks

susan.patz@baltimoreclayworks.org, Office 410.598.1919, Voice/TTY 800.553.7724

About Bloomberg Philanthropies

Bloomberg Philanthropies works in over 480 cities in more than 120 countries around the world to ensure better, longer lives for the greatest number of people. The organization focuses on five key areas for creating lasting change: Arts, Education, Environment, Government Innovation, and Public Health. Bloomberg Philanthropies encompasses all of Michael R. Bloomberg’s charitable activities, including his foundation and his personal giving. In 2017,

Bloomberg Philanthropies distributed $702 million. For more information, please visit www.bloomberg.org or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and Twitter.

Contact: Bloomberg Philanthropies, Rebecca Carriero + 1 -212-205-0182 or rebeccac@bloomberg.org

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Baltimore Clayworks Awarded Baltimore Children and Youth Fund Grant

Baltimore Clayworks will provide hands-on classes in clay and community-based public art projects for children and youth ages 7-23, and a job-training internship in ceramics.
Baltimore, MD — September 11, 2018 — Baltimore Clayworks is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a grant from the Baltimore Children and Youth Fund (BCYF).
BCYF is a $12 million non-lapsing fund dedicated to supporting Baltimore’s children, youth, and young adults.

“Baltimore Clayworks is dedicated to empowering youth through hands-on experiences in clay,” says Susan Patz, President of Baltimore Clayworks Board of Trustees. “These experiences bring a sense of accomplishment, focus, and critical thinking skills to young people. The BCYF grant will allow us to enhance our programming mission for young people and support a job-training internship in ceramics – giving access to clay for Baltimoreans throughout the metropolitan area.”

Over the past 25 years Clayworks has formed partnerships with community organizations throughout Baltimore City, addressing issues of race, inclusion, and equity through programming that provides access to clay for all. Clayworks will continue to provide classes and community-based public art projects, and the BCYF grant will enable Clayworks to accelerate the incorporation of new technologies while teaching transferable soft-skills as part of a job-training internship in ceramics

This ceramics and technology internship program will be inaugurated with youth from the Baltimore City Public Schools’ Department of Transition Services. 3D printing will be incorporated into the teaching of ceramics, and the students will work as a team to present an exhibition of their work. Clayworks will also offer classes in clay and work with groups to create mosaic projects at the following sites: Walter P. Carter Recreation Center, House of Ruth, and the Evening Reporting Center of the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services. Clayworks has a dedicated community arts program with a community arts exhibition space in its galleries. Community arts at Baltimore Clayworks partners with local schools, after-school programs and community organizations to bring art experiences into the lives of Baltimore’s children and adults, and those in recovery from addiction. Visit baltimoreclayworks.org for more information.

About Baltimore Clayworks
Baltimore Clayworks is the region’s only cultural non-profit institution dedicated solely to the ceramic arts. Clayworks was founded in 1980 as a community-centered ceramics institution located in the Mt. Washington neighborhood of Baltimore, MD. Clayworks provides affordable studio space, equipment, and professional opportunities. It offers hands-on studio classes for children and adults, presents exhibitions showcasing the work of the best professional artists in the field of ceramics. It also hosts a sales gallery, and has a dedicated community arts program. Community arts at Baltimore Clayworks partners with local community organizations to bring art experiences to all. Visit www.baltimoreclayworks.org, on Facebook at Baltimore Clayworks, Twitter, and Instagram.


Contact:
Nicole Fall, Interim Executive Director,
nicole.fall@baltimoreclayworks.org,
Susan Patz, President, Board of Trustees, susan.patz@baltimoreclayworks.org

410.578.1919.
Voice/TTY 800.552.7724

Baltimore Clayworks

5707 Smith Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21209
baltimoreclayworks.org

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Baltimore Clayworks in Artsy

Baltimore Clayworks has been featured in Artsy’s “The Best Places to Take Ceramics Classes Across the US” editorial!

About clay, the editorial says: “Over the past decade, more and more professional artists and amateurs alike have taken up ceramics. Many find that it’s an absorbing outlet for creative expression, as well as a gratifying or therapeutic experience. Ceramics have come to be seen as a wellness activity, compared by some to doing yoga or meditation; researchers have found that working with ceramics has health benefits, like alleviating symptoms of depression. In our digital, screen-obsessed world, the act of producing unique handmade objects—and the tactile experience of throwing pots on the wheel or creating sculptures from slabs of clay—is extremely satisfying.

As a result, communal clay studios across the country are booming with interest. Here, we share a list of some of the most beloved ceramic studios across the United States, where both aspiring and established practitioners can take classes. Some are hosted at revered art schools with idyllic campuses, while others are local clay establishments that serve their distinct neighborhoods. Price points run the gamut, from $225 for a series of eight classes to over $1,000 for an intensive, 12-day workshop. Whatever their size or ambition, these clay hubs offer a wide range of courses for ceramics aficionados of all skill levels.”

About Baltimore Clayworks, the editorial says: “For those that are hesitant about jumping into ceramics, Baltimore Clayworks offers one-day “Try-It” courses for wheel throwing and handbuilding. These allow students to feel out the materials and processes before enrolling in introductory courses, which can run from 4 to 12 weeks. “Students not only take classes, but engage in spirited conversations, work collaboratively, participate in community events, show their work in our annual student exhibition, and have fun,” said the studio’s Sara E. Morales-Morgan. Among Baltimore Clayworks’s highlights is its artist residency program, which sees artists make and exhibit their work on site and teach at the studio in satellite locations across the city. It also has a rare Noborigama two-chambered wood kiln, which attracts the region’s local artists and students; the studio offers courses that focus on the unique facets of wood firing, and hosts communal wood firings that are open to the public.”

You can find the full article here.

There is still time to sign up for our adult Summer Classes! You can see our full list of classes here.

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Congratulations, Deb Bedwell

Deborah Bedwell, founding Executive Director of Baltimore Clayworks and past President of NCECA (National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts) has been honored as a Fellow of the Council by NCECA at the 2018 Conference in Pittsburgh.

Here is the touching video of the award ceremony which includes biographical photos as well as photos of the beginnings of Clayworks.

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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.

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