Whether you are a beginner in clay or a veteran potter you can benefit from one of these classes, either online, virtual or in-person. Learn the skills of making beautiful pottery in the old way that does not require any costly tools or equipment.
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.
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.
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.
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!
October 20 – 24, 2023 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.
Pottery mugs will be formed using the traditional coil and scrape method, and decorated using natural, non-toxic clays and paints. The climax of this workshop will be an outdoor, open pottery firing on the last day. November 10, 11, 12, 2023, Fort Lowell Park, Tucson, Arizona