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Amanda Pennington received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a concentration in Ceramics from Western Kentucky University (WKU) in May of 2016. Prior to graduation, Amanda worked as the summer clay intern at the Appalachian Center for Craft and as a ceramic technician at WKU. Following graduation, she continued her involvement in the craft school community by working as an Educational Assistant at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, as well as assisting at Penland School of Crafts. Amanda is now the co-owner of Yellow Door Ceramics Studio, a community clay studio offering classes, memberships, and private events in Indianapolis, IN. 

About Me: Bio



  • BFA, Ceramics, Western Kentucky University (WKU), Bowling Green, KY.

  • Study Abroad Harlaxton College, Grantham, England, Spring 2013 through WKU


  • Last Call II, Companion Gallery, Humboldt, TN. 2017. 

  • U.S. Bank 2016 Celebration of the Arts, Kentucky Museum, Bowling Green, KY.

  • Student Juried Exhibition 2015, Juror: Kurt Gohde, University Galleries, WKU, Bowling Green, KY.

  • New Works, Ellis Walker Gallery, Bowling Green, KY. 2015.

  • Jam the Cube Group Exhibition and Auction, WKU Cube Gallery, Bowling Green, KY, 2015.

  • Student Juried Exhibition 2014, University Galleries, WKU, Bowling Green, KY.

  • World’s Greatest Studio Tour, Kentucky Museum, Bowling Green. KY, 2014.

  • Student Juried Exhibition 2011, University Galleries, WKU, Bowling Green, KY.


  • Second Place Professional Ceramics and Glass, U.S. Bank 2016 Celebration of the Arts, Kentucky Museum, Bowling Green, KY.

  • Best Ceramics, Student Juried Exhibition 2015, Juror: Kurt Gohde, University Galleries, WKU, Bowling Green, KY.

  • Potter College Student Awards Ceremony, nominated as the 2015 Outstanding Student in Visual Arts, WKU Art Department.

  • WKU Regents Full Tuition Scholarship, Fall 2011 – Spring 2015.

  • Jack E. Lunt Art Department Merit Scholarship, WKU, Fall 2014.

  • World Topper Study Abroad Competitive Scholarship, WKU, Spring 2013.


Studio Assistant 
            Fall 2017
            Penland School of Crafts- Bakersville, NC

  • Assisted Kip O'Krongly in 8-Week Workshop 

Educational Assistant 
            Summer and Fall 2016
            Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts- Gatlinburg, TN

  • Four and Six Week Work-Study Programs

Ceramic Technician
            January 2016 to May 2016
            WKU: Department of Art– Bowling Green, KY

  • Responsible for making class clay, mixing glazes, firing student work, and general cleaning

Clay Intern
            Summer 2015
            Tennessee Tech University: Appalachian Center for Craft, Smithville, TN

  • Assisted Bryce Brisco and Workshop Artists (Hiroe Hanazono and Pattie Chalmers)  


  • WKU Ceramics Club, Co-President (Spring 2016); Secretary (Fall 2015); Member (Spring 2014–Spring 2016), Bowling Green, KY.

  • Objective Clay Booth Volunteer, NCECA, Kansas City, MI (2016); Providence, RI (2015).

  • Art Guild Club, Member, Fall 2015-Spring 2016.

  • Kappa Delta Sorority, Member, Fall 2011–Spring 2015.



  • Deb Schwartzkopf “Tricks of the Trade,” Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN.

  • Kip O’Krongly “Diving Deep: Functional Earthenware,” Penland School of Crafts, Bakersville, NC.


  • Melisa Cadell “Going for Bust,” Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN.

  • Collette Fu “Demystifying the Pop-Up Book,” Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN.

  • Dean Allison “Positives and Negatives: Casting Glass,” Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN.

  • Sandy Blain “Handbuilding: Ideas and Techniques for Developing Forms and Surfaces,” Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN.

  • Brian R. Jones “Parts and Wholes,” Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN.

  • Mitch Yung Workshop attendee, WKU, Bowling Green, KY.


  • Nicole Hand Printmaking Workshop, WKU, Bowling Green, KY.

  • Hiroe Hanazono “Designing Models and Moldmaking,” The Appalachian Center for Craft, Smithville, TN.

  • Pattie Chalmers “Lotsa Layers: Decorating Clay Forms,” The Appalachian Center for Craft, Smithville, TN.


  • Andrea Keys Connell Workshop attendee, WKU, Bowling Green, KY.

  • Justin Lambert Workshop attendee, WKU, Bowling Green, KY.

  • H.P Bloomer Workshop attendee, WKU, Bowling Green, KY.


  • George McCauley Workshop attendee, WKU, Bowling Green, KY.

  • Sunshine Cobb Workshop attendee, WKU, Bowling Green, KY. 

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