Photo: Matthew Paul D’Agostino
As Baltimore Clayworks celebrates our auspicious anniversary of 40 years of clay, community and creativity, our exhibitions will reflect all facets of their history and upcoming endeavors. The year-long celebration will kick off with Past, Present, and Future, an exhibition of many of the artists who have been involved with Clayworks over the years. This includes Founding, Associate, Fellowship, and Resident Artists, along with Studio Interns, who have helped the organization grow. The exhibition will be on display from January 11th through February 22nd, with an opening reception on January 25th from 6-9pm that is free and open to the public. The reception will feature food, drinks, music, and esteemed speakers: Ralph E. Moore Jr., Co-founder and Chief Fundraiser for Peace Camp 2020, Nick Cohen, Executive Director of Maryland Citzens for the Arts, and Samuel Hoi, President of the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA); with a special proclamation by Isaac “Yitzy” Schleifer, Baltimore City Councilman.
Baltimore Clayworks possess a national and international reputation for artistic excellence, artists’ support, and community involvement. This 40th anniversary year celebrates the organization’s rich history, reputation, and community. Clayworks will have many fun activities throughout the year to highlight the joy in their mission, and their passion for the arts and Baltimore. Follow Baltimore Clayworks on social media and their website for the latest news about upcoming celebratory events. Clayworks is proud to be Fired Up at Forty!
Baltimore Clayworks invites you to Fire Fest on Saturday,October 19th, from 6-10pm. Come for an evening of fiery celebrations including Clay Olympics, live music, food, drinks, and live kiln firings. Tickets are $25 for “Friends of Clayworks” members, $35 for non-members, and $40 at the door - kids 12 and under are free. Tickets are available on our website, by phone at 410.578.1919, or in person at 5707 Smith Ave.
Fire Fest is an exciting celebration of fire - one of a ceramic artist’s most important tools. Fire is essential to create ceramic wares, and can be seductive and dangerous. During the Fire Fest evening, artist Lars Westby will lead live Raku kiln firings and CCBC Essex Professor Trisha Kyner will lead her students in a live Obvara kiln firing. Both of these ceramic firing processes are thrilling and involve pulling a piece of clay from a 1650°F kiln, and then cooling it rapidly. Baltimore Clayworks Noborigama kiln will also be firing during Fire Fest. Clayworks’ Woodkiln Technician Jeremy Wallace will lead students from Towson University, CCBC Essex, Morgan State University, and MICA through the full two-day firing process. During this time, the kiln needs a continuous supply of wood fed into it. The ash from the wood coats the work in the kiln and creates wonderful, rich glaze effects.. Once the kiln reaches the desired temperature of 2300°F, the firing ends and the kiln is left to cool for a week.
Fire Fest will also include live music by The Wedge, fiery food, beer, and a Clay Olympics where attendees are invited to take part in multiple competitions that will test their clay skills. Winners will earn a ceramic award, handmade by artist and Towson ceramics professor Rich Holt.
Proceeds from this event will ensure the continuation of the incredible artistic and educational programs housed both at Clayworks’ Mt. Washington studio and gallery, and in locations around Baltimore City through their Community Arts program. Enjoy a fun-filled evening with friends and family and make a difference by supporting clay artists of all ages and abilities across the Baltimore region.
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