Pottery Classes

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.

Online Masterclasses

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.

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.

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.

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!

ancient potters club

In-Person Workshops

Q Ranch pottery workshop

Summer Arizona Pottery Workshop at Q Ranch

In this 4 day workshop in the mountains of Central Arizona you will learn about the prehistoric people who lived here and the beautiful pottery that they made. We will dig clay, view artifacts and ruins and make polychrome pottery just like the ancients.
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Primitive Pottery Bowl Workshop

Pottery bowls 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. October 20 – 22, 2022, Fort Lowell Park, Tucson, Arizona
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Finding, digging and preparing native clay

Southeast Arizona Clay Expedition

This 2 day wild clay adventure will teach you everything you need to know to locate, process and use wild clay in your pottery. Visit 7 different wild clay collection spots around southeast AZ. Learn what to look for and how to process it.
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