making a coil pot

How to Make a Coil Pot?

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 […]

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anasazi pottery firing

How to Make Anasazi Pottery?

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

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primitive pottery being fired

How to Make Primitive Pottery

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

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Southwest Kiln Conference

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

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outdoor open pottery firing

Outdoor Pottery Firing

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

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