Chesapeake Arts Center Unveils New Ceramics Studio


Chesapeake Arts Center (CAC) is opening its third ceramics studio, marking a significant expansion of its ceramics program. Made possible through the generosity of the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC), the new studio features nine wheels and is designed as a dual classroom capable of accommodating both handbuilding and wheel techniques, thanks to its innovative layout and spacious tables.

A ribbon-cutting event was held on February 29, officially opening the new ceramics studio. On hand to cut the ribbon was Steven Skerritt-Davis, director of the Maryland State Arts Council; Chad Buterbaugh, MSAC deputy director; Chesapeake Arts Center board members (Kelly Koorey, Lynn Battaglia, Edward Carey and Louis Nesbitt); ceramics chair Cami Asher; handbuilding instructor Nadia Lezcano; and Donna Anderson, executive director of CAC.

With the addition of this new studio, CAC now boasts three ceramics studios, equipped with 21 wheels, including one handicap-accessible wheel. Complementing the wheel facilities are seven experienced instructors who guide students through their ceramic journeys.

CAC's ceramics program features the largest-capacity gas firing kiln in Maryland, alongside three round electric kilns, one small electric kiln, and a small glass firing kiln. Additionally, the center houses in-house glaze and clay mixing capabilities with a 250-pound Soldner mixer, and a Peter Pugger pugmill.

The ceramics program at CAC caters to a diverse range of participants, offering after-school classes, single-day workshops, open studios, and specialty classes suitable for all skill levels and age groups. Ceramicists can fine-tune their skills under the guidance of professional artists while beginners, both children and adults, can explore the medium in a supportive atmosphere.

For those looking to explore the world of ceramics or refine their skills, Chesapeake Arts Center provides a welcoming environment for artistic growth and exploration.

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