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The Clay Ball

The Clay Ball


The Clay Ball 2013
Saturday, September 28, 2013
B&O Railroad Museum

The annual gala and art auction will take place Saturday, September 28, 2013 at the B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore. The theme of the event Art in Your Space will highlight Baltimore’s diverse and thriving arts community and how ceramic arts are objects that become part of your life. Like Baltimore’s vibrant art community that is visible throughout the city in murals, theatres, galleries, art festivals and more, ceramic objects are visible in our everyday lives through the mugs we drink from, plates we eat off and the artwork that surrounds us.Your contribution will have a direct impact on our ability to sustain high quality ceramic instruction in the underserved communities of Baltimore City, in neighborhoods with little or no access to the arts.

Purchase Tickets
Full Gala Experience $185: includes a seated dinner by Atlantic Catering, open bar, live auction, and a night of dancing. ($1,850
for full table)
Gala After-Party! $45 non-members/$40 members/$55 at the door: At 9:00 pm, the doors will open for dancing, free wine and beer, and the silent auction.


Fred LazarusFred Lazarus

2013 Clay Ball Honoree
As MICA president for 35 years, Fred Lazarus IV has helped reinvent the role of art and design education in academia, society, and commerce. In the process, he has led the evolution of the College into one of the world’s foremost art colleges and helped transform Baltimore into a globally recognized center for creativity. He is a national leader in using academic institutions to energize communities, and has been recognized both for his work as an education innovator and for his success in creating cooperative models for economic development.


Mambo Combo

Latin Caribbean Band
Get ready to kick off your shoes and dance to the rhythmic sounds of Mambo Combo, named best Latin music group in 2007 by WAMA (the Washington Area Music Association) and "Best Party Band" in 1999 by Baltimore Magazine. For more than twenty-five years, the band has been entertaining in the Mid-Atlantic region and beyond, from the Caribbean to New England. Few people can resist dancing to Mambo Combo’s hit Caribbean songs, and those who tango will be craving to do this dramatic
and passionate dance. Lead singer and drummer Hoppy Hopkins and the other members of Mambo Combo have been entertaining audiences with their unique combination of Caribbean and Latin music.


Carolyn Black-SotirCarolyn Black-Sotir

Mistress of Ceremonies
We are honored to have local celebrity and versatile soprano Carolyn Black-Sotir as the emcee of the 2013 Clay Ball. She has sung with some of the country’s finest regional orchestras such as Annapolis, Lancaster, Columbia, Susquehanna, and Hershey Symphony Orchestras, as well as the Atlanta Pops Orchestra. Ms. Black-Sotir is also the founder of Carolyn Black & Company-a troupe of professional musicians, actors, and stage technicians dedicated to celebrating the creative genius of the American musical theatre. When not on stage, Carolyn Black-Sotir can be seen and heard on television, film and radio as an actress, journalist, and voice-over artist.


Year of Dining RaffleYear of Dining Raffle

Barrett’s Grill
Blue Hill Tavern
City Café
Fleet Street Kitchen
Lebanese Taverna - Harbor East
The Milton Inn
Sotto Sopra
Waterfront Kitchen
…and more to be announced!


Live AuctionLive Auction

A.J. Billig & Co. Auctioneers
Jennifer McCurdy sculpture
One week stay in a Rappahannock River House featured in Dwell Magazine
Champagne Brunch – prepared by Susan Vernon
A Year of Arts and Culture in Baltimore


Silent Auction

More than 100 art pieces by acclaimed artists-many of which exhibited at the 2013 ACC show in Baltimore! Click here to see what we have so far! There are also dozens of non-art items which include gift certificates for sensational experiences and services.

Auction Artists:Auction Artists



Gourmet Seated DinnerGourmet Seated Dinner

By Atlantic Caterers
Mixed Greens Salad
Herb-rubbed Boneless Baked Chicken Breast paired with Chilean Sea Bass Filet seared in an Asian Glaze OR Portobello Mushroom Caps stuffed with Spinach & Feta Cheese
Sauteed Vegetable Blend Lyonaisse Potatoes
Dessert and Coffee