With a $3.7 million sale in the works for its two buildings on Smith Avenue, ceramics nonprofit Baltimore Clayworks could soon have enough money to once again become financially solvent. However, assuming state officials approve the sale this summer, the group still won’t be receiving any of that money until at least September.
Ann Parker is a graphic designer by training but found it difficult to connect with technology. On a whim, she took a ceramics class one semester at Towson University where she received her undergraduate degree. She found a passion in the simple concept of creating functional items with her own two hands.
The folks over at Make Tribe are redefining the term “craft beer.” Next weekend, they’ll be offering a one-evening workshop at Baltimore Clayworks, where participants will create their own ceramic beer stein under the guidance of expert instructor Mary Cloonan. Monument City Brewing will also be on hand with samples of their newest ales. This is a great opportunity to learn all about beer-making, ceramics, and how awesome it is when the two come together. Not a common occurrence, for some reason.
The name itself is like a poem: Autumn Blaze Fire Festival. You don’t necessarily know what it means, but every word is evocative and imagistic. Autumn Blaze Fire Festival. Is it about celebrating the fall colors? The lighting up of our fireplaces for the first time this year? Burning political effigies as a way to blow off some steam in election season? Nope. It’s an event this weekend hosted by Baltimore Clayworks. Since it’s the Clayworks, the festival will feature a Raku firing demo as well as the (first ever?) Clay Olympics during which you can challenge yourself to throw the tallest cylinder or pull the longest handle. And don’t worry–there won’t be trials. Even those who aren’t gold medal material, are encouraged to show up, grab a lump of clay and give it their best throw. Figure if your masterpiece ends up looking like the lovechild of the Leaning Tower of Pisa and a termite mound you can always blame it on your repeated trips to the beer garden.
Besides clay activities and a beer garden (with beer by Union Craft Brewing), the festival will also feature music by Colonel Josh and the Honky Tonk Heroes and food from Donna’s and Buffalo Wild Wings. Proceeds will ensure the continuation of the incredible artistic and educational programs housed both at Clayworks’ Mt. Washington studio and gallery and through the organization’s Community Arts program. Tickets are $15 for members, $20 non-members, and $25 at the door.
The Autumn Blaze Fire Festival takes place on October 20 from 6pm-10pm at the Mt. Washington Campus of Baltimore Clayworks, 5707 Smith Ave in Baltimore. For more information, or to reserve tickets, visit www.baltimoreclayworks.org