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Baltimore Clayworks, Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Arts Education, Arts Services, Visual Arts

Mission: Baltimore Clayworks is a neighborhood-based ceramic art center with a national reputation for artistic excellence, artists' support and community involvement. It is housed in an historic Carnegie library located at the corner of Smith Avenue and Greeley Road in the Mt. Washington neighborhood of Baltimore. Its mission is to develop sustain, and promote an artist-centered community that provides outstanding educational, artistic, and collaborative programs in the ceramic arts.

Programs: Community arts and adult/children education: provided sustained hands-on studio classes to 3,700 children and senior adults in inner baltimore city.

artistic programs: provided access to workspace, equipment, and professional development for 15 resident and visiting artists.

exhibitions: presented 16 gallery exhibitions of 397 national and international artists.

classes and workshops: supported hands-on pottery and sculpture classes for 1,500+ students.

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1 Story from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Rating: 5

I’ve been asked before, What does Baltimore Clayworks mean to you? Well, the short answer is, everything. I started taking classes there about eighteen years ago, and I remain a student, and dedicated to the place, it’s rich history, and it’s loving and supportive fellow potters.

We’re a real community here. Most everyone knows most everyone else. We look, and admire, and sometimes offer critiques of each other’s work. We offer tips and techniques that we have learned or discovered on our own. And the learning! Baltimore Clayworks has a wonderful core of teachers, supplemented by many diverse short and long term resident artists, who always bring a new perspective, and a new way of approaching that lump of clay.

Our gallery puts on wonderful shows, from clay artists all over the country and exceptional international artists. We have several ongoing community outreach projects, bringing to the community that doesn’t have the means an opportunity to engage in the creative life.

I can’t think of another arts program anywhere in the state that does so much good work with so little resources. Baltimore Clayworks is simply a wonderful place with beautiful people doing great work.