Deborah Bedwell

2012 NCECA President Elect

Deborah Bedwell is the founding director (retired) and a trustee of Baltimore Clayworks. She is a functional potter, working in gas and woodfired high temperature porcelain. Deborah consistently serves on juries and grant panels, gives workshops, lectures and curates visual art exhibitions; recently, she has had three articles about individual artists published in Ceramics Art and Perception magazine. During her 32 year tenure as executive director at Baltimore Clayworks, Bedwell crafted numerous sustained collaborations with a range of partners to create opportunities in clay for artists, children and senior adults in underserved neighborhoods in inner city Baltimore. Her published article on evaluation of community arts programs, Measuring Joy, is used on the National Endowment for the Arts website.

In 2000, Deborah was one of three Americans invited to Taiwan to lecture on community involvement in the ceramic arts in conjunction with the opening of the Yingge Ceramics Museum in Taipei. She is a graduate of the Greater Baltimore Committee’s Leadership program and holds a bachelor’s degree from Berea College (KY), a master’s degree from Towson State University (MD), and studied arts management at U. Mass. Amherst. In 2001 and again in 2004, Bedwell was named one of Maryland's Top 100 Women by The Daily Record, a business and law publication. She was on-site liaison for the NCECA conference in Baltimore in 2005, and served on the NCECA board in that capacity from 2003-2005; she continued as a member of the advisory board until 2007.