February 2023

Matthew Hyleck Named Executive Director of Baltimore Clayworks 

On behalf of the Baltimore Clayworks’ Board of Directors, I am pleased to announce the promotion of Matthew Hyleck to the position of permanent Executive Director of Baltimore Clayworks. We are delighted to welcome him and are fortunate to have him guiding our incredible team. Matt’s experience and enthusiasm will help further advance our organization’s mission as we approach our 45th anniversary in 2025. 

Matt became Baltimore Clayworks’ Interim Executive Director in September 2022, and has managed the Education Program since 2000. He holds a B.F.A. in Ceramics from Xavier University and has a broad knowledge of the field of ceramics. Matt maintains a studio practice and is a highly accomplished ceramic artist who has the respect and admiration of his colleagues in clay and in the Baltimore community at large. He has a reputation for artistic excellence in his work that has built his reputation nationally and internationally.   

“I am both humbled and excited to have this opportunity to further the mission of Baltimore Clayworks and to continue advancing our passion for ceramic arts”, says Matt Hyleck. “It goes without saying; Baltimore Clayworks has played a significant impact on my life over the past 22 years. It remains my goal for the organization that we continue to thrive as a creative community while keeping ourselves focused on our core values and demonstrating those values on a daily basis through our program actions. We are privileged to have a dedicated core staff, a talented class of resident artists, a fully engaged Board of Directors, tremendously gifted teaching artists and a fabulous community of supporters.  As we begin the visioning process in preparation for our 45th anniversary, it's hard not to be excited about the future for Baltimore Clayworks”. 

As Executive Director, Matt will manage all day-to-day operations of Baltimore Clayworks. In collaboration with a dynamic and energetic staff, he will lead the organization in all of its activities including all programming, and fundraising, marketing, and community engagement initiatives.   

“Matt has demonstrated a steadfast commitment to the organization and the community it seeks to serve. His values and performance validate the Board of Directors' choice of Matt to lead Baltimore Clayworks into the future as its executive director,” says Founding Director Deborah Bedwell. 

Join us as we congratulate Matt on his new position and thank him for his years of dedication to Baltimore Clayworks.  

Thank you for being part of our clay community. Here's to a joyous 2023!

Carla Dunlap, President, Baltimore Clayworks Board of Drectors


Have you ever gone the extra mile to clean up the classroom once the lesson was done? 

Do you have talents and time to share but don’t know how to get involved? 

Did you know that Baltimore Clayworks has volunteer opportunities all year long? 

If you are looking for a way to deepen your investment in Baltimore Clayworks, click here to learn more.

What do you LOVE about Baltimore Clayworks? We want to hear from you. Share your words, a little video, a photo of your work or yourself, and let us know why you have a soft spot in your heart for BCW. With your permission, we can share the love with those who have yet to know the joy of clay.

You can fill out this form or email us at with the subject: Spread the love for BCW. 

NEW! More to explore in our Virtual Library!

New Artist Talks from: 
  • Emily Lamb
  • David Roswell
  • Adam Chau
  • Wayman Scott
Baltimore Clayworks continues to promote its mission of sharing the joy of clay with all, even those who are unable to travel to our studios. Please enjoy our virtual workshops, classes and artist talks.
Check out our Virtual Library here!

Baltimore Clayworks Artist, Wayman Scott featured in America, The Jesuit Review Magazine!

Black Catholic artist’s ‘Baltimore Pietà’ reimagines Michelangelo’s masterpiece through the lens of police brutality

Christopher Parker | January 31, 2023

"Editor’s note: On Jan. 14, Black Catholic artist Wayman Scott unveiled a sculpture nearly three years in the making: the Baltimore Pietà. His sculpture depicts a Black mother holding her dead son, reframing the famous Michelangelo piece through the lens of police brutality. His exhibit at Baltimore Clayworks runs through March 25 and includes sculptures of other famous Black Americans. In a Jan. 18 interview with America, Mr. Scott spoke about his inspiration for the pietà and the motivation for his work as an artist and health care professional. This interview has been edited for length and clarity."
Read the full article here!


We had a blast at our opening receptions for our three 2023 Winter Exhibitions on January 14!

Lunar New Year” curated by Adam Chau is on exhibit in our Main Gallery; “Care•ful/less” a solo exhibition by Gerald A. Brown is on exhibit in our Solo Gallery; and “EARTH and LIFE” a solo exhibition by Wayman Scott is on exhibit in our Community Arts Gallery. 

Gallery Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 10 am - 5:00 pm,  Sunday 12:00 - 5:00 pm
Free and open to the public

Upcoming Events

Find Baltimore Clayworks at NCECA next month! Visit us at the Gallery Expo & Resource Table T65.

NCECA’s 57th Annual Conference
March 14-18, 2023 | Cincinnati, OH

NCECA’s annual conference features dozens of presenters, demonstrations networking opportunities and exhibitions over three and a half days each spring, each year in a different US city. NCECA’s Board of Directors and special appointees review hundreds of proposals for sessions and exhibitions gathered through open calls for submissions.  Sponsored exhibitions include the NCECA Annual, Multicultural Fellowship Exhibition, and the NCECA Juried Student Exhibition.
2023 NCECA Collectors Tour
March 13-18, 2023 

The 2023 NCECA Collectors Tour promises an exciting week of experiences specially curated for avid, emerging to experienced collectors of ceramic art. Centered in the itinerary are insider opportunities to collect from dozens of exhibitions sited throughout Greater Cincinnati during Current, the 57th annual NCECA conference. Exclusive studio and collection visits, curator and creative community connections will also be threaded throughout the week along with shared meals. (Two dinners, and four lunches are included). 
Learn more about NCECA 2023 here!


January offered Community Arts the opportunity to hold a Clay Play Workshop at Maryland School for the Blind.  Five instructors lead over 40 participants between the ages of 8-21 in an evening of hands-on exploration. In moving forward, we are looking forward to developing ongoing skill-building classes at MSB and being a provider of another creative outlet for their students.

If you have an interest in hosting a Clay Play Workshop, please contact Christina Marsh at to start collaborating. 

Workshops & Classes

News and Updates

Share your feedback with us!

Calling all Fall 2022 Students and Workshop participants!  Your feedback helps us be the best we can be. Here is a quick and easy link to our class feedback form.  

Deadline for spring scholarship - Monday, February 6th.

Spring Registration for Adult and Children's Programs is now open!

Spring registration is open to all for our adult and children’s programs. 10-week, 11-week, and 12-week classes run March 18 - June 4. There are still seats available so sign up today! 
Learn more and register for Spring 2023 programs here!

Summer Camp 2023 is here!

This summer, we are offering TEN WEEKS of full-day camps for children ages, 6-10, 10-12 and half-day camps for teens ages 12-16! All camps are for one week and run Monday through Friday. Class fees include all materials and firing.    

*MULTI-CAMP and SIBLING DISCOUNT! Students registering for 2 or more summer camps or families enrolling 2 or more children are eligible to receive a $45 discount on each of their full-day summer camp enrollments. Please, phone 410-578-1919 x219 to discuss discount.* 

Early Bird Discount $395-member, $410 non-member (full day/full week) $190-member, $200 non-member (teen) through February 28, 2022 (Stacks w/ MULIT-CAMP)  

Indoor masking remains a requirement and proof of vaccination mandatory for all eligible. 

Learn more and register for Summer Camp 2023 here!

Sign up for Community Woodfire: Noborigama with Jeremy Wallace!

Sign up now to experience the flash of the Baltimore Clayworks Noborigama! Your pots may take on a rich variety of colorful flashing and deposits from wood ash or soda depending on which chamber you choose. We fire the wood chamber throughout Saturday into the evening, finishing the salt chamber Sunday morning which allows plenty of time for shared conversation and food. Everyone will have an opportunity to choose shifts in preparation and during the firing process that are appropriate.

Community Woodfire: January
January 26 | 12:00 PM - 7:00 PM
January 28 | 10:00 AM - 11:59 PM
January 29 | 12:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Community Woodfire: February 1
February 9 | 12:00 PM - 7:00 PM
February 11 | 10:00 AM - 11:59 PM
February 12 | 12:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Community Woodfire: February 2
February 23 | 12:00 PM - 7:00 PM
February 25 | 10:00 AM - 11:59 PM
February 26 | 12:00 AM - 10:00 AM
If the classes you love have sold out – consider claying at home! Brent B wheels are available for rental! Get yours today for only $75/month and the cost is prorated! Contact for more information.

Opportunities for Artists

Applications for Artist Residencies are open!
Deadline April 1, 2023 at 5:00 pm (EST).

Long-term Artists Residencies (1-3 years)

Our long-term residencies offer early to mid-career artists the opportunity to develop their work in a dynamic community environment for one to three years. The selection of residents is highly competitive and based on artistic excellence, potential for growth, strength of proposal, and a commitment to building a clay-oriented community. Awarded to all early to mid-career artists who have completed either undergraduate and/or graduate degrees, or have equivalent years of experience. Residencies start in September, and benefits include:

  • Semi-private, 10’ x 12’ studio space
  • Firing and materials fees at cost
  • Paid opportunities to teach classes on and off site
  • Invitation to sell work in The Shop, Baltimore Clayworks’ retail space
  • Promotion through social media/mailing lists/onsite events
  • $250 firing stipend


  • 7 hours a week working as a Program Assistant

Lormina Salter Fellowship (1 year)

Awarded to one emerging artist producing work of the highest quality. Includes the same benefits and responsibilities as long-term Resident Artists plus:

  • $1,200 annual materials stipend
  • Solo exhibition in our Main Gallery

EMBARC Fellowship (1 year)

Founded in 2021, EMBARC (Emerging Maryland BIPOC Artist Residency in Ceramics) seeks to center the experiences and talents of Maryland based BIPOC artists. Awarded to an artist who identifies as Black, Indigenous, or a person of color. Must be a resident of Maryland for at least 1 year prior to application submission date. Includes the same benefits and responsibilities as long-term Resident Artists plus:

  • $500 materials/firing stipened
  • Solo exhibition in our solo gallery
Learn more and apply to one of our Residencies here!

Mary E . Nyburg Fund for Artist Development Application Open!

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 and a life-long supporter of Baltimore Clayworks and at one time a Clayworks' resident artist.

Following Mary's death in April 2006, a fund was created in her honor to award a $1,500 stipend each year to allow a period of devoted study that would deepen an artist’s work in clay and also strengthen the Clayworks community. The stipend, awarded to one Clayworks’ artist annually helps support travel, study and/or working in another community outside of Baltimore. On return the artist is required to make a presentation to the Clayworks’ community about their experience.   

APPLICATION DEADLINE: March 18, 2023, 5:00 pm (EST) 

Eligibility: This award is open to any Baltimore Clayworks artist. This includes Associate artists (formerly member artists), Resident artists, Program Alumni, Visiting artists, Teaching artists, Springboard members, artists that are Baltimore Clayworks Members and artists that are Volunteers of Baltimore Clayworks. Priority is given to artists who are currently active in the Clayworks’ community. Artists who make functional as well as sculptural work are encouraged to apply.  

Selection Panel: Four friends and family members of Mary’s who are members of the Nyburg Fund Committee review the applications and select the recipient. Judges will consider both the images and the strength of the written proposal for the use of funds. The recipient will be required to sign a grant agreement that will state 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.

Learn more and apply to the Mary E. Nyburg Fund for Artist Development Grant here!
BOPA announces that artist applications are open for the 2023 Baltimore Open Studio Tour Weekend, which is set for Saturday and Sunday, May 6–7, 2023, from 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. All eligible artists (fine, visual, and performance artists with studios within Baltimore City limits) are invited to apply. 

Click here to learn more and apply to the 2023 Baltimore Open Studio Tour Weekend

February 3 is the submission deadline for the National Exhibition:  SHOW OFF! 
This is your chance to show off your new and best work!  ANY subject matter, any media. 
Eight prizes worth a total of $2000 are waiting for artists like you. 

Click here to submit before the February 3 Deadline

Clayworks Shop

Featured Artist: Kiran Joan

Kiran Joan is a Baltimore-based illustrator and ceramicist whose work is characterized by textures and contrasting fluid lines. Her magical worlds are influenced by a mix of cultures she grew up in, Oman, India, and the US. Kiran received her BFA in Sculpture from Karnataka Chitrakala Parishat, College of Fine Arts, Bangalore, India in 2017. Since receiving an MFA from the Illustration Practice Program at the Maryland Institute College of Art, she has worked with clients like The New York Times, Washington Post, NBC News and more.  

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