An electric pottery kiln is a convenient tool but making art without the use of modern technology is fun and gives a sense of connection to the earth for both the artist and the art. Learning how to fire pottery without a kiln is not hard and the process is not overly long or complicated. […]
For back to basics pottery making you can’t go wrong with a coil pot, no machinery or fancy equipment aiding you, just you and the clay mano a mano. I first learned coil pottery as a teenager when I was trying to reproduce ancient Southwest pottery, my school didn’t teach coil pottery making so I […]
After a visit to Mesa Verde National Park I wondered how Anasazi pottery was made. The museum at the park contains very little information about how the pottery was made so I set out to answer the question “how to make Anasazi pottery”. Anasazi pottery was formed from clay using a method called coil and […]
Making primitive pottery is really quite simple, hence the word primitive which can be defined as “belonging to or characteristic of an early stage of development”. Primitive pottery is fun to make and can produce attractive and functional ceramics. If we boil the process down to it’s most basic elements there are 5 steps; Find […]
When the Spanish first entered the Southwest in 1540 they found crumbling ruins of abandoned pueblos. Vast areas of the Southwest had been depopulated by pueblo dwelling peoples about one-hundred years before the Coronado expedition arrived, leaving behind ruins, broken pottery and many unanswered questions. One thing about the ancient ruins of the Southwest that […]
If you are interested in how to fire primitive pottery check out this video. At the time of this writing we haven’t created a pottery firing course yet, but this video shows the process and can help you learn how to fire your pottery in an open, outdoor oxidation firing. This is a time-lapse video […]
We filmed the pottery exhibit at the Arizona State Museum last month. They have the largest collection of Southwest pottery in the world with over 24,000 whole vessels. These pots cover the entire spectrum of pottery in the Southwest from some of the oldest pots made in the region to contemporary Pueblo pottery.