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  1. The steering committee, community and others are doing everything they can to forestall bankruptcy, including a proposal to provide $200,000 in cash relief and add members to the Board to make appropriate decisions. Those would include bringing capable people on board and identifying best ways to reorganize. To date, the Board has declined, closed the doors without notice, denied access, and cancelled classes and camps. They have announced they will file for bankruptcy, but the filing is not done. Several important people are working to persuade them to hold off and work together. I just do not understand why two groups with a said common goal can not at least sit down to try to come to a mutual understanding. Isn’t this something we learned in kindergarten? What happened with the mediation plan? Please, let’s stop the negative energy, compromise and work together. Don’t we all want to SAVE CLAYWORKS?

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  2. The Clayworks Community, the target of a “white paper” recently published by the Board of Trustees, notes the many obvious fabrications and misrepresentations of the organization’s financial history and Clayworks Community Campaign’s work that it contains.

    Since 2015, the Board and administration have been unable to raise the typical yearly funds that keep Clayworks solvent. Since publicly declaring 4 months ago that selling buildings was its only solution to financial issues magnified under its leadership, the administration has consistently ignored, belittled and attacked anyone who questioned the basis of that decision, or offered help.

    Many stakeholders — including students, teachers, artists, staff and donors — have been targeted and berated by the administration. The unpersuasive “white paper” is just the latest demonstration that the Mission and Core Values (integrity, joy, excellence, inclusivity, and artist centeredness) have been eroded and ignored.

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  3. Dear Board Members,

    I cannot believe Deborah Bedwell was told she cannot teach ceramics at Clayworks this summer and “can never teach again”!

    Why would the Board fire one of Clayworks best teachers? Deb has 40 years of experience and her students love her! Please tell me I wrong by seeing this as a vindictive and petty action, taken in response to Debbie’s efforts to keep Clayworks in Mt Washington!!! Also, simply from the perspective of a business decision, I wonder how you justify as a sound choice the firing of an excellent teacher. Why???

    Pamela Worthington
    (this is an email I send today to Kathy, Mary, Susan, Tom and Jim.)

    Reply from Susan Vernon, board member:
    Hey, Pam.
    That rumor is not true, Pam.

    I’ve been in Deb’s class and know how awesome she is. I’ve learned so much from her, and will definitely take her class again.

    I’m glad you asked. Many people assume what they hear is correct, but don’t think to check. So thanks for that. See you at the seconds sale? I’ll be there.

    Susan
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    Reply from Kathy Holt, board president:
    Deb was told no such thing, Pam. We fully expect that she will be teaching again in the fall. If you check out her Facebook page, you can see that she does, too. These rumors can get so out of hand.

    I wrote back:
    I also hate mean rumors I am glad I emailed you. Why was she not allowed to teach this summer?
    Pam

    Kathy replied:
    We are trying to give others a chance to teach, as well as adding new classes that students have been asking for.

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  4. These are thank yous that I wrote after the Briefing in Annapolis:

    Dear Delegate McIntosh,

    Thank you for initiating the hearing on May 2nd regarding the situation at Baltimore Clayworks. I was present and felt that many important points were made and many critical questions were asked. I do hope that Delegate Rosenberg’s suggestion for arbitration is accepted- I know that the the Clayworks Comminunity is more than ready to talk.
    I also appreciated you saying more than once “You need each other;” it is true, but hard to hear.

    Sincerely,
    Pamela Worthington
    Co-founder of Baltimore Clayworks and current Associate Artist

    Dear Delegate Rosenberg,
    Thank you for taking the time to appear at the hearing on May 2nd regarding the situation at Baltimore Clayworks. I was present and felt that many important points were made and many critical questions were asked.

    I thought your suggestion for arbitration was exactly what we need to do and I certainly hope the suggestion is accepted by the Clayworks Board. I know that the the Clayworks Community is more than ready to talk.

    Thank you.
    Sincerely,
    Pamela Worthington
    Co-founder of Baltimore Clayworks and current Associate Artist

    Dear Delegate Gibson,
    Thank you for taking the time to appear at the hearing on May 2nd regarding the situation at Baltimore Clayworks. I very much enjoyed meeting you before the meeting.

    I felt that many important points were made and many critical questions were asked during the hearing. I do hope that Delegate Rosenberg’s suggestion for arbitration is accepted- I know that the the Clayworks Comminunity is more than ready to talk.

    Thank you.

    Sincerely,
    Pamela Worthington
    Co-founder of Baltimore Clayworks and current Associate Artist

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  5. UPDATE ON VIGIL: Well, friends, we did have good luck Saturday, didn’t we? About 55 of us gathered in the drizzle, wearing our stickers and waving our signs, enjoying one another and lots of support as we stood and stated our case in front of the Baltimore Clayworks we love.

    Passers-by on foot and in cars cheered us on, and many of the bash attendees greeted us and asked questions on their way into the event. Several friends came over from inside the buildings to say hi, even as a few others (you know who they are) looked out at our gathering from behind the glass doors.

    We wanted to be noticed, and we were. A few of us were interviewed by media (WTTF FoxNews Baltimore, and the Baltimore Fishbowl), we snapped photos of one another (please post and share!), and learned that Clayworks sent out an email earlier in the day telling ticketholders to expect to see our peaceful protest.

    Just this morning I see 3 new signatures on our petition, and one generous pledge from one of you to our campaign escrow fund. I also hear from some of us who enjoyed the festivity inside our Studio/Classroom Building that there was much conversation there about who we are and what we are asking.

    So …. good work, all! And thank you.

    P.S. If you haven’t made a Pledge to send funds into the Campaign’s escrow account, please do that today. We are determined to raise funds, and promise you complete control over the use (or return) of your funds. Visit the PLEDGE page here: https://2017clay.wordpress.com/donate-now

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  6. I have been coming to Baltimore Clayworks since 2003 when I suffered a serious spinal cord injur y. My first 2 years were in a wheel chair.  I credit Clayworks with my getting my strength back and being able to walk again. Because of this I have taken at least 1 class every term, have made donations every year, responded whenever asked because something was needed like propane at to fire gifts in time for Holiday sales, or for a program for Community arts. I have helped out at functions and with cleanup.  

    During all those years I have never been ask to sit on the Board. 

    In early February I was at the Clayworks office and spoke briefly with Kathy Holt. She asked if I would be interested in joining a task force, and I told her I would do anything to help. She did not contact me again.

    Now what has happened to Clayworks is very disheartening to me. It was my therapy from a very stressful job. It was where I made friends I care for and hope to have for life. Now it contributes to the stress. 

    It bothers me that the board has closed ranks, made decisions without community input and communication.  I just found out that Devon was made acting ED.  Why hasn’t this been communicated to members and other stakeholders?  Why did I have to hear about the sale of building in the Baltimore Sun?  I am not against considering the sale of the buildings, I am against the lack of community input and communication.    

    It is time for a change, including new Bylaws that give a say to stakeholders and to the faithful Clayworks community as to how the Board is elected and the organization is run. I also think it is time for a new board filled by a nominating committee and election. 

    For me, Clayworks is no longer fun, it is stressful and disheartening. It is a chore to come to class even though I love both my teachers.  I need to take a break and move on.  I will not be taking classes or attending events.  If the organization changes and starts to move in a better, more community oriented direction, I may be back.

    Cathy McDermott

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  7. Here’s a little piece of literature that might seem slightly relevant, somewhat informative and possibly help to put things into perspective.
    Taken from an earlier time of Clayworks’ nascent existence. A time when life seemed a tad slower, more relaxed and certainly less acrimonious. A time of sharing and openness under a different regime. So……. it is with a lump in my throat and a brew in my hand, that I ask you to please take the time to read and enjoy this gem culled from the archives of the February 1984 issue of Ceramics Monthly.

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