There are two signature sayings that I like to leave as my closing. They are: “Keep Art Alive” and “Peace and Pottery.” My belief is that Art touches on every aspect of life.
Sallah is a ceramic artist, teacher, student, mom, and grandma. Outside of Baltimore Clayworks, she was once referred to as the Craft Queen of Baltimore by the Baltimore Sun. She is known to attend community craft festivals as an ethnic face painter, painting African inspired designs. Sallah has also participated in Axis Alley (a community project designed to beautify abandoned homes), Theatre Project’s Zippy the Pinhead (the play where she assisted in the costume design and making under the tutelage of Professor Nicole Fall). She has been a craft creator and facilitator for Art on Purpose’s Black Man’s Identity Project, along with Reginald Lewis Museum of African American History and Culture’s annual Kwanzaa program.
Sallah has a BS in Urban Arts from the HBC Coppin State College. Sallah was a two-time Fellow at Vermont Studio Center. She graduated from Young Audiences’ Teaching Artist Institute in March 2017.
"Mama Sallah was an absolute pleasure to have in my classroom. She embodied the perfect blend of discipline and love. My students were able to express themselves in ways I'd never experienced. I've shown off their work to other teachers, and they are SO impressed that my students were capable of creating such advanced pieces. My students always ask, 'When is Mama Sallah coming back?!'"
Tonette Campbell, Teacher, Mary Ann Winterling