Amy Smith is a ceramicist and pottery teacher living and working in Kerry. At present she is completing her Degree in Ceramics in Limerick Art and Design. Amy’s works vary from the classic to the idiosyncratic with an emphasis on the expressive use of color.
At her pottery workshops in the beautiful setting of Collis Sandes House, Tralee she teaches children and adults with a focus on creative and therapeutic potential of working in clay. Amy is a qualified Childcare practitioner and is passionate about the inclusion and development of children involving the creative process.
I am a ceramics artist and teacher with interests in inclusivity and early years education. I am currently completing my Degree in Ceramics in Limerick Art and Design. I have worked with Children for most of my working career. At the beginning of my career within the arts I carried out creative programs with the women’s refuge center in Tralee on a voluntary basis. I completed a portfolio course in 2000 and have been practicing pottery and ceramics since 2016.
I established my Business Tralee Pottery Club in 2017. Within my business I have worked with children, adults and people with special needs teaching them different techniques in clay and creating sculptural pieces and projects.
I carried out pottery workshops and classes in a community studio and also within schools and various centers within the county. I have worked with LCA students preparing them for their art projects for their leaving cert and designing and carrying out their sculpture projects.
My involvement within these groups grew my passion for inclusion and the therapeutic and beneficial aspects that working with clay can provide for people.
I have received ‘Young Business woman of the year’ award from Connect Kerry in 2019 and I was a finalist in the ILDN/NEWKD/SKDP Enterprise awards also in 2019.