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Scholarships & Grants

Artist Grant – Mary E. Nyburg Fund for Artist Development

Mary Nyburg

The Mary E. Nyburg Fund for Artist Development is an endowment fund begun in 2007 by friends and family of Mary Nyburg. Mary was a respected potter nationally, a crafts advocate, a board member of Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, a life-long supporter of Baltimore Clayworks, where she was at one time a Resident Artist. Following Mary’s death in April 2006, a fund was created in her honor to award a stipend each year to allow a period of devoted study that would deepen an artist’s work in clay and also strengthen the Baltimore Clayworks community. The stipend, awarded to one artist annually, helps support travel, study, and/or work in a community outside of Baltimore. Once completed, the artist is required to conduct a presentation or workshop to share their experience with the Baltimore Clayworks community.


APPLICATION DEADLINE: April 30, 2021, 11:59pm.

ELIGIBILITY: This award is open to any Baltimore Clayworks artist. This includes associate artists (formerly member artists), former and current resident artists, alumni, visiting artists, teaching artists, springboard members, artists that are members or volunteers of Baltimore Clayworks. Priority is given to artists who are currently active in the Baltimore Clayworks community.

DETAILS: The Nyburg Fund Committee, comprised of four-six friends and family of Mary Nyburg, reviews completed applications and selects each year’s recipient. The committee will consider both the strength of the images and the written proposal. The recipient will be required to sign a grant agreement stipulating the terms of the stipend. In the event that funds are awarded and not used, the stipend must be returned to the Mary E. Nyburg Fund for Artist Development.

General Scholarship

The Baltimore Clayworks Scholarship Fund was established in 1996 upon receipt of a generous gift from the Lipitz Foundation. It has since been sustained by funds donated by friends and families in memory of Clayworks artist Andrew Brunelle and Jan Rattenbury, and through ongoing individual donations. Baltimore Clayworks goal in providing scholarship opportunitiesis to improve the diversity of our student body and remove economic barriers to class enrollment. Applicants will be selected by lottery and awarded a choice of one class, workshop or camp at our Mt. Washington campus at no charge.

A committee chosen by the trustees and staff at Baltimore Clayworks is administering the Baltimore Clayworks Scholarship fund. The staff and trustees assure applicants and their families that the financial information supplied here will be held in the strictest confidence. Financial need is a primary factor in the decision making process; however the committee is not bound by any established formula in making the awards. The committee seeks, in so far as possible, to balance responsibility for the stewardship of donated funds with applicants needs, commitment to ceramics, and concern for privacy.

Scholarship funds may cover full or partial class enrollment for one class, including 25lbs. of clay. Scholarship recipient remains responsible for any additional material costs and glaze firing fees where applicable.

Questions? Contact Matthew Hyleck @ (410)-578-1919 or via e-mail matt.hyleck@baltimoreclayworks.org

Hands in Clay Scholarship

Baltimore Clayworks’ goal in providing the Hands in Clay Scholarship is to improve the diversity of our adult student body and remove economic barriers to class enrollment. An applicant will be selected by lottery each session and awarded a choice of one 8-12 week class at our Mt. Washington campus to attend free of charge.

Eligible applicants self-identify as either a person of color or a person with a disability, and require financial assistance for tuition.

After the scholarship is awarded, we’ll schedule a 1:1 conversation with the recipient to discuss specific access and transportation needs so we are best prepared to promote safe and effective participation.