put your face on! 

a face jug workshop with tim whitten

Alabama native Tim Whitten is exhibiting in Kentuck’s Museum Gallery for the month of May and will be offering a workshop to go along with his exhibition! Many of his pieces draw inspiration from traditional American folk pottery with an emphasis on face jug pottery, and in this workshop, participants will be building a face of their own creation on a freshly thrown Tim Whitten jug. Kerry Kennedy, Kentuck’s resident potter, will be facilitating firings and glazing for this workshop, and participants will join Kerry on May 22, 2021 from 1:30-3:00 to glaze their face jugs! After the final glaze firing, participants will pick up their work at Kentuck Art Center.

Attendance is limited to a maximum of 10 students, and all appropriate COVID protocols will be followed.


Dates: May 7, 2021 and May 22, 2021

Times: Friday, May 7, 2021 from 3-5 PM. Glazing Session: Saturday, May 22, 2021 from 1:30-3:00 PM with Kerry Kennedy

Location: May 7th:Kentuck Art Center's Georgine Clarke Building classroom

May 22nd: Firehorse Pottery on Kentuck Art Center's Campus

Tuition: $80

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This workshop is sponsored in part by the Alabama State Council on the Arts, with additional programming support from the Alabama Humanities Alliance.

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Meet the Instructors

Tim Whitten

Tim developed a fondness for folk art upon moving to South Carolina in 2009. A self-taught potter, he began by making functional wares like bowls and birdhouses in 2010 before quickly making a shift to face jug pottery. Many of his pieces draw inspiration from traditional American folk pottery with an emphasis on face jug pottery. He has attended shows and festivals in Alabama and South Carolina and ships pieces throughout the country. Tim also enjoys doing demonstrations and passing along the tradition whenever there is an opportunity. Tim has a B.S. from Auburn University and a M.A.R. from Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary. He also works for the South Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church.

Kerry Kennedy

Kennedy’s first love is pottery and sculptural ceramics.  The firing range that she chose is midrange stoneware (cone 5-6) because of the availability of wonderful color range in glaze as well as durability.  She has thrown pottery for over ten years and makes primarily functional pieces.  As a student, Kennedy was deeply interested in sculptural works that fused thrown forms with organic aesthetics.  These ideas are always influencing even the most mundane of mugs and bowls.