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mishima: drawing on clay
instructed by amy smoot

In this ceramic workshop, students will create 2-3 simple forms using clay slabs and everyday objects as molds. Students will focus on smoothing out the surface of their forms in preparation for using the Mishima technique the second day. Overnight, your clay forms will get to a “leather hard” consistency. In this stage, your pieces will no longer be soft and flexible, but still hold enough moisture that is ideal for carving and incising lines into the clay. Once designs are carved, students will apply color inside those lines and then wipe away excess color to reveal their “drawings."

This workshop is limited to participants 18+. There is a minimum of 4 participants and a maximum of 12. If the minimum is not met, participants will be refunded. Tickets are non-refundable once the registration deadline ends.

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

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


Age Range: 18+

Dates: July 6-7, 2024

Times: 1-4 PM both days

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

Tuition: $90All supplies will be included

Meet the Instructor

Amy Smoot

Amy Smoot, Kentuck's Clay Studio Manager, 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.  

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