Online Pottery Classes
native clay 101

Wild Clay 101

In this course I will take you out into the field around the Southwest to look at various actual clay beds. This is the kind of help that you need when starting out but is hard to find, seeing clay and being taught what to look for and how to tell if it is good. I will then cover how to process your clay to make it usable for hand-building. When you are done with this course you will know how to locate and process native clay like a pro.

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Coil and Scrape Pottery Making

Coil Pottery Making 101

Learn the coil-and-scrape pottery making technique in simple, easy to follow video lessons. Explore the ancient art of coil building pottery by hand, these detailed video lessons take you into the instructors studio with detailed explanations of the process. This course will give you the skills and techniques to hand-build pottery in the manner of the prehistoric people of the Southwest, and an attractive certificate to prove it!

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paints, slips and pigment

Natural Pottery Paints, Slips & Pigments

In this course you will learn how to make many types of natural pottery paints. You will see examples of raw minerals, then learn how to process those and the recipes to make your own paints for pottery. Mineral paints, organic paints, yucca paintbrushes, the process of levigation and much more are all covered in great detail. After completion of this class you will be able to make your own natural pottery paint.

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open, above-ground pottery firing

Outdoor Pottery Firing 101

This course teaches the ancient art of outdoor, above-ground pottery firing. I will explain the science behind a pottery fire, give tips on selecting the best wood and fire safety, then lead you through several complete outdoor pottery firings. All video based learning so you can come along with me as I fire pottery in the way practiced by the ancient Mogollon while I explain what is being done and why it is being done.

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how to make a puki

How to Make a Puki

Or, everything you ever wanted to know about pukis but was always afraid to ask. This short video lesson explains what a puki is, how it is used and demonstrates a simple and easy method of making one.

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In-Person Pottery Workshops

Primitive Pottery Virtual Workshop

January 29, 30, 31 & February 6. This is an intensive 4 day primitive pottery workshop taught remotely via ZOOM. Subject covered include coil pottery building, stone polishing, decorating with natural mineral paints and outdoor, open pottery firing.

Plain and Utilitarian Pottery Making Class

March 18 – 22, 2021. We will study ancient pottery sherds then apply the lessons learned to actual hand-building pottery using similar tools, materials and methods as the ancient potters. This class will focus on developing your techniques in coil pottery making, helping you to build large, sound and symmetrical forms.

Advanced Polychrome Pottery Making Class

October 21 – 25, 2021. This workshop will focus on making polychrome (3 or more colors) pottery. We will cover slipping, painting, polishing as well as digging clay, coil building and outdoor firing. This workshop will give you the skills you need to begin replicating the most advanced prehistoric pottery types in the American Southwest.