What We Are
Baltimore Clayworks is the region’s only cultural institution dedicated solely to the ceramic arts. Founded by nine artists in 1980, Clayworks is a mid-sized cultural 501(c)3 non-profit, attentive to its neighborhood, possessing a national and international reputation for artistic excellence, artists’ support, and community involvement. 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.
What We Do
– 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.
-Offer hands-on studio classes in all aspects of pottery, clay sculpture, and ceramic processes for children and adults.
– Present on-site, off-site, and online exhibitions and sale of the work of local, national and international ceramic artists, in solo and group format, curated or juried by professional artists in the field.
-Develop sensitively conceived and collaboratively designed programs with artists and community organizations that bring art experiences of authenticity and meaning into the lives of at-risk children and underserved adults.
– Baltimore Clayworks is the only arts organization in Baltimore that also operates Clay for All! Centers, stand-alone community based satellite studios to reach children and adults in inner city communities.
Non-profit Management Internship
Non-profit management interns will work closely with the Executive Director on all aspects of organizational operations. Possible projects include: coordinating logistics, publicity, marketing and invitation lists for key events, preparing for board meetings, creating donor thank you gifts, filing and other administrative tasks, etc.. The interns would assist in soliciting in-kind donations, coordinating applications for sponsorships and developing mailing lists to attract new audiences to Baltimore Clayworks. This position will be a great opportunity for a student with excellent written and oral communication skills who is interested in learning more about non-profit management.
Clayworks has the opportunity for interns to work with Development Office providing the hands-on tasks essential to the running of a non-profit arts organization by helping with direct mail, meeting preparation, events, donor recognition, and prospect research. This position will include utilizing and working in our donor, events and grants databases.
Exhibition Support Internship
This position gives interns opportunities to learn general operation of an art gallery including installing and taking down exhibitions and maintaining the gallery. Being an Exhibition Support is a great opportunity for Museum/Curatorial Studies and Arts Management majors. The interns will gain knowledge of the exhibition planning process by assisting the Exhibition Director with artist correspondence, press releases, promotional materials, exhibition planning, setup, packing, and many other related tasks. Excellent communication, organizational, and research skills, computer proficiency, a professional phone manner, and the ability to work in a fast-paced environment are required. The position requires that the interns be able to work independently with a minimum of supervision, and the days and hours are flexible, but may require some evenings and/or weekends.
Education and Classroom/Facility Support Internship
This position will assist classroom maintenance and educational programming. The interns are responsible for basic studio upkeeps including cleaning and organizing classrooms and checking inventory in glaze area and storage spaces for supplies and equipment working with Facility Manager, Glaze Technician, and Work Exchange Students. He/she also assist Education Coordinator and our class registrations by checking data in computer class roster, filling, and mailing student confirmations.
Woodkiln Program Intern
Baltimore Clayworks provides a hand-on experience working with a master wood firing potter, Jim Dugan, and our double-chamber noborigama-style wood and wood/salt kiln. This arrangement is one-year or semester long, and we are looking for energetic and committed assistants for this growing program.
Children’s Program/Summer Camp Support Internship
Baltimore Clayworks is looking for enthusiastic and energetic interns to support our very popular Children Summer Camp. The duties include supervising students inside and outside of the classroom during the camp hours, helping to foster student’s creativities and providing technical assistant to teachers in the classroom, and helping to promote healthy working environment for students. This is a great opportunity for Studio Art, Art Education, Elementary Education, Child Development majors interested in children and clay.
Community Arts Program Support Internship
This internship is an excellent opportunity for Art Education, Arts Management, Community Arts, Child Development, Urban Development, Cultural Studies, and Psychology majors interested in non-profit and education. Through our partnerships with community arts satellite studio at Jubilee Arts Center and in other community-based contract sites, the interns will work directly with the Community Arts Director to organize, plan, and implement current and future projects and programming, research grants, and change over in the Community Arts Gallery. In addition, the interns assist with clay classroom instruction, management and firing process under the supervision of experienced teaching artists. Responsibilities will include helping prepare clay for classes, glazing the work, and working one-on-one with the youth, adults, and seniors offering encouragement and guidance.
PR/Marketing/Graphic Design Internship
The Marketing/Communications volunteer intern will assist on several types of projects. They will include social media updates, assisting with direct mail, event, class and exhibition online and email marketing. Track customer responses and feedback and create reports. The position will also include assisting with new projects, research pricing, vendors, and logistics. Additional opportunities include photographing classes and events for marketing purposes. This position requires proficiency in Excel, internet research, individual must be a self-starter and can work independently.
Support Clayworks has the opportunity for those interns with photography skills in digital photography. Projects include photographing of artwork, exhibition and special events, in-session classes, and daily activities. Flexible hours and some weekends are necessary. Additional experience with relating software and video media is preferred. This is an excellent opportunity for a Photography and Photo Journalism student. This position supports all departments.
Qualifications: Qualifications vary depending upon preferred department.