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pinch pots
instructed by amy smoot

In this two-day ceramics workshop, students will learn how to create functional forms by pinching clay. Pinching is one of the oldest and simplest techniques for forming clay objects, with a history that dates back thousands of years to ancient civilizations. It involves using only one’s hands and fingers to shape the clay into a vessel or form.


Starting with five pounds of clay, students will learn how to use pinching techniques to form different shapes and sizes. Whether students want a round, square, or more organic forms, all can be achieved by strategic shaping and pinching. They will also learn how to add details, such as handles and texture to their piece. On the second day, students will focus on completing their work by painting with colorful glazes.


This workshop is limited to participants 18+. There is a minimum of 4 participants and a maximum of 10. If the minimum is not met, participants will be refunded. 

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. If the class does not meet the minimum by the registration deadline and the workshop is cancelled, all participants will be refunded their registration fees.

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Age Range: 18+

Dates: October 28-29, 2023

Times: 1-4 PM

Location: Kentuck's Georgine Clarke Building

Tuition: $90All supplies will be included

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This workshop is sponsored in part by the Alabama State Council on the Arts.

Meet the Instructor

Amy Smoot

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.  

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