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Baltimore Clayworks was founded in 1978 by nine potters and sculptors to provide both facilities and a stimulating environment for ceramic artists.  Located in the northwest corner of Baltimore City in the historic Mt. Washington neighborhood, Baltimore Clayworks is the region’s only 501(c)3 non-profit cultural institution dedicated solely to the ceramic arts. It possesses a national and international reputation for artistic excellence, artists' support, and community involvement.  Today it operates as a thriving ceramic art center housed in two historic buildings. A renovated library offers studio spaces for 12 resident artists, classes and workshops. A renovated convent houses three galleries, administrative offices, meeting rooms and retail gallery. 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.

Baltimore Clayworks has four program areas:  

  • Exhibitions - Present on and off-site exhibitions and sale of the work of local, national and international ceramic artists, in solo and group format, curated by mid-career and emerging clay artists in the field
  • Residencies - Provide affordable studio space, equipment, and professional opportunities that encourage participation by national and international ceramic artists who produce ceramic artworks of the highest quality
  • Educational Programs -Provide hands-on studio classes in all aspects of pottery, clay sculpture, and ceramic processes for children and adults; workshops for practicing professional clay artists and advanced students offered by artists of national reputation; slide lectures and other activities for the general public, and internships for college students
  • Community Arts - Develop sensitively conceived and collaboratively designed programs that connect artists and community organizations to bring art experiences of authenticity and meaning into the lives of at-risk children and marginalized adults



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