Board of Trustees, Baltimore Clayworks, Inc.

November 1, 2017


Bilal Ali – Elective Representative from 41st Legislative District, Maryland House of Delegates.


Ronni Aronin — Founder and Resident Artist of Baltimore Clayworks, Inc., professional potter.


Deborah Bedwell — Founder of Baltimore Clayworks, Founding Executive Director 1980-2011, immediate past president of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts.


Mackenzie Buchanan — Graduated Essex Community College in December 2016 with AFA. Currently studying Ceramics under Trisha Kyner, and Jewelry at Baltimore Jewelry center. Previously attended Villa Julie (Stevenson university), and MICA. Graduated in 2007 from Oldfields School. She intends to further her education at Tyler in Philadelphia next year with a double major in Jewelry and Ceramics.


George Ciscle – Curator-in- residence at Maryland Institute, College of Art until June 2017. Founding faculty of MICA’s M.F.A. in Curatorial Practice. Founding Director of The Contemporary Museum, Baltimore.


Alan Cooper – Director of Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation for 15 years until May, 2017. Recognized international arts leader; formerly Deputy for Development  at National Cathedral, Washington, DC.


Marcy Emmer — Long-time Mount Washington resident, Clayworks student and donor, Marcy has spent many years working with children and the arts, as a teacher, docent, and co-owner of an after-school arts program.


Pat Halle – Potter and social justice community activist. Paraegal staff for 37 years at Disability Rights Maryland (formerly Maryland Disability Law Center).


Mary Jo Kirschman – East Baltimore community political advocate. Former social worker. Baltimore Clayworks student.


Mary Ann Mears – Sculptor, visual artist arts activist. Founding board member of Maryland Arts Place and founder of Arts Every Day, an arts-integration cultural  non-profit in Baltimore. Founding board member of Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance.


Susan Patz – Retired hydrogeologist, environmental educator, past member of the Cylburn Arboretum Association, Central Scholarship, and CHAI Boards; Northwest School/Community Partnership Co-Chair.


Dr. Larry Sandler – Psychiatrist with offices in Mount Washington Village and affiliations with University of Maryland Medical School. 


Rima Semaan – Clayworks student. International commercial banker, with 15 years experience, general manager of Lebanese bank in London.


Marsha Smelkinson — Clayworks student, retired advertising and marketing executive, former executive director of Lawyers Club of San Diego.


John K. Smith — Retired business executive, CPA and developer. Former Board Treasurer and Board Chair of Baltimore Clayworks, Inc.


Leathia West – Prince Georges County potter and teacher. Longtime Clayworks student; experienced political and community activist: founder and president of Kindness Corps.