Community Arts

As Baltimore’s premier non-profit ceramic art center, Baltimore Clayworks has been cultivating clay and community for over 35 years. Connected deeply with Baltimore city and community, we bring the most talented local, national, and international ceramic artists to our campus in Mt. Washington and to community sites across the region. We strive to provide high-quality ceramic arts instruction for the enjoyment and enrichment of all.

Baltimore Clayworks believes that all people have the right to participate in every aspect of creating with clay. Clayworks Community Arts is committed to the philosophy of inclusion and is dedicated to promoting community participation of children, adults, senior adults, and people of all abilities.

Over the years Clayworks has provided ceramics classes at multiple schools, community centers, churches and other outreach and recovery programs throughout Baltimore City and the surrounding regions. Current partnerships include:

  • Walter P Carter Rec Center
  • Step-by-step, Recovery Center
  • House of Ruth
  • Evening Reporting Center for Maryland Juvenile Services
  • Vet Arts Connect
  • Arc Baltimore

Baltimore Clayworks remains firmly committed to a robust community arts program. In the summer when the doors closed at Baltimore Clayworks, one of the Clayworks founders encouraged community teaching artists to organize into a guild, so that their impact in the underserved communities would not be lost. Presently, Clayworks assists and encourages that group and meets with them collectively and individually, living and extending the institution’s legacy and values.

In addition, Baltimore Clayworks has organized the creation of murals and public artworks, connecting nationally renowned artists with citizens in Baltimore City and statewide to produce collaborative, permanent works in communities where people live. Participating Artists and community sites have included:

  • Angela Pozo, Cleveland, OH at Waxter Center in Baltimore
  • Leroy Johnson, Philadelphia, PA at St. Frances Academy Community Center, Baltimore City
  • Herb Massie, Baltimore, MD with Mondawmin Coordinating Council, Baltimore, MD
  • Laura Jean McGloughin, Pittsburgh, PA with Good Shepard Center, Halethorpe, MD
  • Myung Rye Kim, from Seoul, Korea with Sheppard Pratt Hospital, Towson, MD
  • Ching-Yuan Chang, Taiwan, ROC with Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore MD
  • Dominique Hellgeth, Baltimore, MD with Jubilee Arts, Baltimore, MD
  • Mike Alewitz with six sites in Worcester, Somerset, Harford, and Baltimore Counties and Baltimore City.
  • Herb Massie, Baltimore, MD with Living Legacy Foundation, Baltimore, MD

Baltimore Clayworks remains firmly committed to a robust community arts program.  As part of the upcoming inclusive strategic planning process, Baltimore Clayworks’ Board and Staff will invite community members to participate in the co-visioning, rebuilding, and fundraising of an excellent Community Arts program for the future.

While we are working to ensure a sustainable future of our organization for generations to come, Baltimore Clayworks maintains its commitment to the communities we serve throughout Baltimore City and in the region. We are currently offering fiscal sponsorship to community clay artists, who’s mission aligns with Baltimore Clayworks’.

If you are a community group interested in hosting clay programming at your location, please contact Ana Maria Economou, Community Arts Coordinator, at

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