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Aug
24

Wild Clay Workshop

When October 8, 9, 10, 2021 Where Tucson, AZ Instructor Andy Ward Student Limit 10 This class is taught outdoors and on a screened in porch where the risk of COVID transmission is greatly reduced. The instructor is fully vaccinated. Clay doesn’t just come from the store, it is all around us. Our ancestors found […]

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Aug
16

Natural Pottery Paint Colors

A rainbow of colors are available to the primitive potter from natural sources. But what minerals to use in which type of firing to achieve what color can be confusing and overwhelming. In the following article I have broken it down to the basic elements. Paint information below is sorted by color and by mineral […]

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Aug
09

Primitive Pottery Mug Workshop

When November 4, 5 & 6, 2021 Where Fort Lowell Park, Tucson, AZ Instructor Andy Ward Student Limit 10 This class is taught entirely outdoors where the risk of COVID transmission is greatly reduced. The instructor is fully vaccinated. Mugs have a long history in the American Southwest. This workshop will take a deep look […]

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Apr
05

Primitive Pottery Supply List

Getting started in pottery can be expensive and daunting. Even primitive pottery, which does not require expensive equipment like pottery wheels or electric kilns, can be challenging for a newcomer. Where, for example, can a person buy a puki? Or what can I use for black paint? This page offers a quick, easy list of […]

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Feb
24

How to Get Into Pottery Cheap

Pottery or ceramics is sometimes listed among the more expensive hobbies to get started in. To make modern pottery you need many things… You need to buy materials like Clay Glazes You need different tools like Pottery wheels Bats Slab rollers And you need to fire every pot twice which involves Fees to use someone […]

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Jan
27

Tempering Pottery Clay

Temper is non-plastic material that is added to clay to keep it from cracking when it dries. It is most often sand, ground stone or ground fired ceramics but historically a wide range of materials have been used for temper.

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Nov
13

Clay & Pigment Collecting Expeditions

Come out on a weekend tour to find and collect wild clay and pigment minerals around southeastern Arizona. These are outdoor, socially distanced tours in which you drive your own vehicle. On the second Saturday of every month you can join me as I explore for native clay and minerals in southern Arizona. Each month […]

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Oct
14

Ancient Pottery Challenge

These are the pots that were shown in my video called “10 Coil Pot Ideas From the Ancient Southwest“. In that video I showed these pots as examples of ancient pottery forms that would be challenging to recreate. Please give them a try yourself and afterward take a photo and upload to Instagram with the […]

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