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open studio: clay
work on independent clay projects

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Age Range: 18+


-April 12, 2024

-April 26, 2024

Times: 11 AM-2 PM

Location: Kentuck's Clay Studio (2014 5th Street)

Tuition: $40; 2 lbs of clay provided; additional clay available for purchase

Registration is required for this event; this is not a drop in opportunity. 

Open studio is the opportunity for people to utilize our materials and equipment to work on personal projects in our clay studio. Think of it like an independent study in clay!


Students will pay a fee of $40 that includes use of the studio for 3 hours, 2 pounds of clay, paint-on glazes and kiln firings. Additional clay can be purchased for $10 per pound before or during open studio hours.


The Clay Studio Manager will be present to answer questions and can help with simple projects, so you don’t need much experience to join. if you are looking to use our pottery wheels, we do ask that you have some experience using that equipment. Other equipment available includes a slab roller, clay extruder, molds, a variety of texture tools and stamps, and more for hand-building projects. If you have a specific project in mind come with sketches or printouts!


We have a limit of 6 wheels, so choose the "Wheel Only" ticket option when registering if you wish to use one during open studio hours. Non-wheel spaces are limited to 12 per open studio. 

Please email Amy Smoot, Clay Studio Manager, at with any questions. 

Kentuck workshops are non-refundable after the registration closes. If you would like to cancel before the deadline passes, please email or call 205-758-1257. 

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This workshop is sponsored in part by the Alabama State Council on the Arts and the Holle Family Foundation. 

Meet the Instructor

Amy Smoot

Kentuck's Clay Studio Manager

Amy Smoot is from Carrollton, GA and currently resides in Tuscaloosa, AL. She received her BFA in ceramics from the University of West Georgia in 2015. While there, she was studio technician and research assistant in the ceramics area. In 2019 she received her MFA from The University of Alabama where she first began teaching ceramics as a graduate assistant. Her practice consists of all types of ceramics techniques including mold-making, slip-casting, hand building, and wheel thrown pottery.  Amy began teaching for Kentuck Art Center in 2021, and she was hired as Kentuck's Clay Studio Manager in 2023.

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