Baltimore Clayworks

aka Clayworks   |   Baltimore, MD   |  baltimoreclayworks.org

Mission

The mission of Baltimore Clayworks is to develop, sustain, and promote an artist-centered community that provides outstanding educational, artistic, and collaborative programs in the ceramic arts. Its core values are artist-centeredness, excellence, inclusivity, integrity, and joy.

Ruling year info

1986

Executive Director

Cyndi Wish

Main address

5707 Smith Ave

Baltimore, MD 21209 USA

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EIN

52-1409133

NTEE code info

Visual Arts Organizations (A40)

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

Arts Service Activities/Organizations (A90)

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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 with disabilities.

Population(s) Served

Exhibitions are the guidestar in Clayworks’ constellation of programs. Exhibitions provide a tangible and engaging showcase for ceramic art while advancing our mission to support ceramic artists. Exhibitions extend our educational purpose and become teaching tools with which to educate the public. Quality exhibitions bring respect and interest from other arts institutions and from seasoned art collectors; they provide access and a more complete understanding of the medium of ceramics to those who view them. Rotating exhibitions encourage return visits from an arts- aware public, provide a forum for discussion and become a real intersection between artists and the public. At Baltimore Clayworks, exhibitons provide a way for established and emerging ceramic artists of the highest caliber to become associated with our institution. Not only do exhibitions provide a venue for artists to sell their work, they also provide the opportunity for those artists to develop a clientele while our institution develops an audience beyond the “makers.” Furthermore, an exhibition’s opening is a defined and publicized occasion, an important way for Clayworks to celebrate new work by ceramic artists while we convene and expand our community.

Population(s) Served

Clayworks is one of several institutions regionally that offers educational programs in ceramics. What makes Clayworks different? It strives to provide the best value through excellence in instruction, classroom accessibility, artist accessibility, variety of programs, attention to the individual and by maintaining an inclusive, welcoming atmosphere. The teaching of ceramic sculpture and pottery by working artists who are seriously engaged in producing their own artwork, is central to the excellence of instruction offered in our studios.

Education at Clayworks also takes place informally in open studio time, in artistic dialogue among artists and students, in the inclusion of interns, and in access to the works of both resident and nationally known artists in the gallery. Hands-on class offerings, short workshops, slide lectures and gallery talks enrich the formal educational program. With the recent completion of the new building, there is not only a third classroom, but also ADA compliance that allows us to offer a full range of courses throughout the facility.

Population(s) Served

Ceramic artists and their work are central to the mission and operations of Baltimore Clayworks. Artists are our curators and jurors for exhibitions, teachers, lecturers for classes; presenters in workshops and in the community arts program. Artists develop curricula as well as policy and standards. They are involved in all artistic decisions at Clayworks in Mt. Washington as well as in the community programs, exhibitions and events. Clayworks exists to promote and advance our artists - they in turn advance the organization. It is with artists’ passion and involvement in creating work and in connecting with each other and the public that we realize our mission.

About one-third of current board members and Clayworks staff are engaged full-time or part-time in artmaking. We broaden our reach through artists and their professional networks.

With the completion of the new building in 2005, we have first-rate, highly desirable studio space that should help us attract emerging talent of reputation and potential to our residency program. Our kilns and equipment are top notch, and with the addition of the wood-fire kiln, Clayworks is able to offer a wide variety of making and firing options for our resident, member and visiting artists

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Financials

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Baltimore Clayworks

Board of directors
as of 8/2/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Susan Patz

Larry Sandler

University of Maryland

Ronni Aronin

Balitmore Clayworks Founder

Deborah Bedwell

Balitmore Clayworks Founder

George Ciscle

Maryland Institute College of Art

Alan Cooper

Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation

Annet Couwenberg

Maryland Institute College of Art

Marcy Emmer

John Gazurian

Pat Halle

Disability Rights Maryland

Cynthia Kammann

Mary Ann Mears

Maryland Arts Place, Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance

Megan Rich

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Leathia West

Kindness Corps.

John Weiss

University of Baltimore