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Matthew Hyleck

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Jenny Mendes: Wksp / June 11 & 12, 2016 / Baltimore Clayworks

20 April 2016 - 01:32 PM

Jenny Mendes Workshop

Awakening the Possibilities: Terra Cotta Jungle

WS05 – Saturday & Sunday, 10-4pm, June 11 & 12 2016

Fee: $200 member/$225 non-member


This hands-on, two day workshop is for anyone who wants to awaken the possibilities in their ceramic work through the imaginative use of color decoration.  Jenny will demonstrate various vibrant ways to approach the surface as a painter, by means of a palette of terra sigillatas, underglaze, washes and oxides.  Simple hand-built forms and tiles will serve as your canvas. She will share her “low tech method” of making terra sigillata. The emphasis will be on helping participants relax so they can play with color, texture and imagery on the surface of their work.  A willingness to have fun and embrace the deliberate awkwardness of finding oneself in unknown territory is the only prerequisite! All levels welcome.


Jenny Mendes earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Washington University in St. Louis in 1982, and has been a full time studio artist since 1994. Jenny is an internationally recognized ceramic artist working primarily with clay to create hand-built and decorated ceramics. She exhibits her ceramic artwork nationally at galleries and juried shows. Since completing a three-year residency at the Penland School of Crafts in 2007, she has completed additional short-term residencies in France, Slovenia, Macedonia, and the US. She currently resides in Ohio, teaches an occasional workshop, and gardens for pleasure.


Artist Statement

Using clay as my primary material, I have found an entry way into my subconscious. I work intuitively with a palate comprised of many things. First I create a structure which I overlay with painted patterns of emotional experience, sensory based memories, cellular formations, and other discoveries. Working within a human/animal narrative, I engage in a dialogue that witnesses and reflects an invitation into my world.


WS05 – Saturday & Sunday, 10-4pm, June 11 & 12, 2016

Fee: $200 member/$225 non-member

Deborah Bedwell: Surface Academy Wksp / May 21, 2016 / Baltimore Clayworks

20 April 2016 - 01:28 PM

Deborah Bedwell Workshop

Surface Academy: Velvet Underglazes, Classroom Engobes and More!

WS04 – Saturday, 10-4pm, May 21, 2016

Fee: $100 member/$115 non-member


Scribble, doodle and dot! This 1-day workshop will introduce students to the colorful world of velvet underglazes, engobe slips and more. Participants will explore application techniques underneath glaze and on top of the glaze surface in this class. This class will encourage you to utilize line and color on your ceramic pieces while you learn how to bring a casual, playful, graphic sensibility to pottery making.   Participants are encouraged to bring both leatherhard and bisque, either porcelain or stoneware, and experiment with the classroom materials.  Open to all levels of artists with curious minds, previous clay experience is recommended, potters or hand-builders welcome.


DEBORAH BEDWELL is one of the founding artists of Baltimore Clayworks and led the organization as the founding Executive Director from 1980-2011.  Beginning in 2012 Deborah was elected NCECA President Elect. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Berea College (KY), a master’s degree from Towson State University (MD), and studied arts management at U. Mass. Amherst. She has received much acclaim for her success in creating Clayworks’ community arts programs, which has made the arts accessible to underserved individuals throughout Baltimore and the region.  Her extensive knowledge of contemporary ceramics has taken her throughout the US and abroad where she has served as a panelist, curator, lecturer and workshop presenter.  In addition she is an accomplished potter who continues to exhibit her clay work both locally and nationally. In the 1st quarter of 2013 she worked as artist-in-residence at Tainan National University for the Arts in Tainan, Taiwan ROC.


WS04 – Saturday, 10-4pm, May 21

Fee: $100 Members; $115 Non-members


Contact Matt Hyleck at [email protected] or Mary Cloonan at [email protected] for more information.

Baltimore Clayworks

5707 Smith Avenue

Baltimore, MD 21209


Kevin Snipes: Wksp / May 14 & 15, 2016 / Baltimore Clayworks

20 April 2016 - 01:21 PM

Kevin Snipes Workshop

Heck Yeah: Creativity and Clay

WS04 – Saturday & Sunday, 10-4pm, May 14 & 15 2016

Fee: $200 member/$225 non-member


Artist Talk: Saturday May 14 at 6pm. Free and open to the public.


Heck Yeah! - Creativity and Clay.

Come explore the right side of your brain with Kevin Snipes and clay.

Stretch, poke, prod, shape, squish and draw out those ideas!  Working with both 2 and 3-D materials, he will help you unleash the hidden images and talents buried in your psyche. Engage in fun ways to invigorate your imagination with drawing, painting, collage and sculpting.  Brainstorming with paper and pencil can lead to unexpected twists and turns that can be transferred to your ceramic art. Ceramic surface techniques and creating forms will be explored. This is open to all skill levels and artists from a variety of media.


Kevin Snipes was born in Philadelphia, but grew up mostly in Cleveland, Ohio. He received a B.F.A. in ceramics and drawing from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 1994. After leaving grad school at the University of Florida in 2003 Kevin has led a seemingly nomadic artistic life, constantly making making no matter where he is.


Kevin has participated in several artist residency programs, including the Clay Studio, in Philadelphia and Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts, in New Castle, Maine and received a Taunt Fellowship from the Archie Bray Foundation in Montana 2008. Exhibiting both nationally and internationally, including a recent solo exhibition at the Society of Arts and Craft, Boston; Akar, Iowa City and Duane Reed Gallery in St. Louis. Kevin has exhibited as far away as Jingdezhen, China. Kevin combines his love of constructing unconventional pottery with an obsessive need to draw on everything that he produces, creating a uniquely dynamic body of work.



Contact Mary Cloonan at [email protected] for more information.

Baltimore Clayworks

5707 Smith Avenue

Baltimore, MD 21209


Pottery On The Hill / October 30 - November 1, 2015 / Old Naval Hospital

28 October 2015 - 11:02 AM

You know your farmer. Now meet your potter.

Pottery on the Hill welcomes 16 of the nation’s top ceramic artists

“Farm to table” refers not only to the fresh, local produce you buy from the farmer himself. It’s also about bringing food to the table looking its best. That means it’s time to talk to a potter.

The annual Pottery on the Hill show and sale at Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital on October 30-November 1, is a chance to meet and talk with 16 prominent potters from across the country about their work.

“Pots for use is definitely the theme of this show,” says Dan Finnegan, the show curator. “Most of us share this passion for making pots for people’s homes.”

The pieces chosen for Pottery on the Hill show a variety of styles, influences and techniques. Some are whimsical while others are refined. Most are wheel thrown but have hand-built elements. These potters use bright colors as well as more subdued tones.

Artists featured in Pottery on the Hill include:

Bob Briscoe (Harris, MN)

Trista Depp Chapman (Fredericksburg, VA)

Dan Finnegan (Fredericksburg, VA)

Warren Frederick (Warrenton, VA)

Bruce Gholson (Seagrove, NC)

Samantha Henneke (Seagrove, NC)

Matthew Hyleck (Baltimore, MD)

Michael Kline (Bakersville, NC)

Suze Lindsay (Bakersville, NC)

Kent McLaughlin (Bakersville, NC)

Matthew Metz (Alfred Station, NY)

Donna Polseno (Floyd, VA)

Mark Shapiro (Worthington, MA)

Gertrude Graham Smith (Penland, NC)

Sam Taylor (Westhampton, MA)

Catherine White (Warrenton, VA).


Pottery on the Hill features a ticketed preview reception on the evening of October 30 at 6:30 p.m. This reception offers the first opportunity to meet the potters, learn their inspiration and purchase pieces. The first 100 guests will receive a beer sampler crafted by a potter. Tickets are available online.

The show and sale, which is free and open to the public, takes place on October 31 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and November 1 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Additionally, a Pottery Slam, where potters challenge each other, take challenges from the audience, and work together on pottery wheels to make pieces, will take place at the Art League Annex in Alexandria on Thursday, October 29 from 6:30-9 p.m. Potters Dan Finnegan, Mark Shapiro and Sam Taylor will be joined by Blair Meerfield of the Torpedo Factory.


Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital
921 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20003

[email protected]

Ryan Greenheck: Wksp / January 16 & 17, 2016 / Baltimore Clayworks

28 October 2015 - 10:39 AM

This 2-day workshop will explore an array of leatherhard and bisqueware decorative options to enhance your pottery surface.  Demonstrations are divided into two sections: pre and post firing.  Initial explorations will begin in the green-ware stage to include the use of slip, slip trailing, sprigging, as well as trimming.  In the bisqueware portion, glaze strategies will be investigated with trailing and waxing techniques demonstrated.  Upon the completion of this workshop you will be armed with a variety of skills to apply towards your future pottery practice. Participants will have the opportunity to employ these ideas through their own work during both days. Please bring a sketchbook, personal potting tools, assorted brushes and any reference material you would like to incorporate in your work (photos, drawings, etc.)


Ryan J. Greenheck received his Master of Fine Arts degree from SUNY College of Ceramics at Alfred University in 2004.  He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree as well as a Bachelor of Science degree from The University of Wisconsin-Stout in 2002.  He has participated in numerous national juried exhibitions and shows since 2000.  His work is represented in many galleries throughout the country.  Ryan currently is a practicing studio potter and Lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania.


WS01 – Saturday & Sunday, 10-4pm, January 16 & 17, 2016

Fee: $200 members; $225 non-members


Contact Mary Cloonan at [email protected] for more information.

Baltimore Clayworks

5707 Smith Avenue

Baltimore, MD 21209


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