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Mama Sallah

Mama Sallah

Visual Arts

Artist Statement

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.

Artist Bio

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.