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sgraffito workshop
instructed by amy smoot

What is sgraffito?

Sgraffito, which means “to scratch” in Italian, is a decorative pottery technique. Once pottery is leather hard, a colored underglaze or slip is applied to the piece of pottery. The potter then scratches off parts of the layer to create contrasting images, patterns, or textures by revealing the original clay underneath.

In this multi-day workshop, Amy Smoot will lead participants through the entire process of sgraffito. Students will construct a vessel using hand building techniques. Once the pieces are built and leather hard, students will use black underglaze to paint the entire surface of their piece. Then, using different tools, students will scratch through the underglaze to create their designs.


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. 

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


Age Range: 18+

Dates: April 27-28, 2024

Times: 1-4 PM

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

Tuition: $90All supplies will be included

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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 Clay Studio Manager in 2023.

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