March 16th, 2020
The health and safety of our community is our top priority. Baltimore Clayworks will be closed to the public until further notice. To the best of our ability, we will continue to serve our community and our mission by sharing the joy of clay on our social media channels (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter) and website.
We invite our supporters to consider making a donation to Baltimore Clayworks during this uncertain time. Or if you were enrolled in our spring semester, if you can, please consider turning your tuition into a donation, or requesting class credit rather than a refund.
We are working hard to update our online shop to include amazing work by the talented artists who were scheduled to participate in our NCECA Expo, and plan to continue fulfilling online orders. Early holiday shopping? Retail therapy? We are here for you.
Thank you for your understanding and for your continued support of Baltimore Clayworks.
Marcy Emmer, Board President, and Cyndi Wish, Executive Director
March 13th, 2020
Dear Members of the Baltimore Clayworks Community:
Baltimore Clayworks’ Spring 2020 classes and events will be postponed beginning March 12th, pending further recommendations from the Maryland Department of Health, the Maryland Department of Education, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We feel it is in your best interest and health to follow through with state recommendations to reduce contact in an effort to limit risk for the continued spread of COVID-19.
if you are a Springboard, Mezzanine, or Resident Artist and have any questions, please contact Kevin Rhode. If you are a currently enrolled student or Open Studio registrant and have questions, please contact Matt Hyleck.
Baltimore Clayworks’ galleries and shop will remain open Tuesday – Sunday, 10:00am-5:00pm, where we are taking all recommended precautions to ensure your safety
Updates on upcoming March events:
Your health and safety are our top priority. Out of precaution, our Flora and Fauna exhibitions reception and artist talk, scheduled for this Saturday, March 14th from 6-9pm, has been cancelled. Instead, join us online for an artist talk with Eliza Au via Facebook Live and Instagram Live this Saturday, March 14th, at 5pm. Our Flora and Fauna exhibitions are still open to the public, so stop in any day to check them out. We are open Tuesday – Sunday, 10am-5pm.
NCECA recently shared the disappointing news that this year’s conference in Richmond, VA has been cancelled. We at Baltimore Clayworks believe this is the right decision, and we offer our condolences, gratitude, and support to everyone at the helm of the awesome organization. Please help us thank NCECA for all they do, and for making this incredibly hard decision in our community’s best interest.
We were planning on participating in the conference in multiple ways, including: the retail Expo, an exhibition in the conference center, and a resource table. We will be working with NCECA to figure out the next steps moving forward, and have decided to move the amazing artwork that would have been in our Expo booth, to our online shop. We will let everyone know as soon as things are up and available, so keep your eyes on our website and social media.
March 10th, 2020
Dear Members of the Baltimore Clayworks Community:
As we prepare for the start of spring session this week, and the opening of our newest exhibition this weekend, the health and safety of our community is our top concern.
We are closely monitoring the potential impact of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak and following the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Baltimore City Health Department, and Maryland Department of Health. Rest assured that we are taking precautions to provide a safe and healthy environment.
At Baltimore Clayworks we are taking the following actions:
- Eliminating all communal towels in sink areas to reduce shared contact points – all students must bring their own towels.
- Installing several new handwashing stations.
- Disinfecting surfaces daily.
- Staff, students, faculty, artists, and visitors who are sick or have potentially come in contact with the virus are being told to stay home. (You can still visit our online shop!)
The following are recommendations for personal vigilance to ensure minimal contact with potentially ill individuals, based on health and safety guidelines established by public health officials:
- Practice good hand hygiene. Wash your hands often and thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available. We are currently installing 5 additional soap dispensers at each of our studio sink areas.
- When coughing and sneezing, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue. You can also cough or sneeze into your sleeve. Throw used tissues in the trash and immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Avoid sharing drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, dishes, towels or other items. Wash these items thoroughly with soap and water after use.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick whenever possible.
We will keep you updated as things progress.
Thank you. Be well and we hope to see you soon.