Clay & Pigment Collecting Expeditions

Clay & Pigment Collecting Expeditions

Come out on a weekend tour to find and collect wild clay and pigment minerals around southeastern Arizona. These are outdoor, socially distanced tours in which you drive your own vehicle.

On the second Saturday of every month you can join me as I explore for native clay and minerals in southern Arizona. Each month will have a different location and target material, space is limited. This small group will drive around, explore in remote areas, hike up hills and down arroyos and comb over old mine tailing piles in search of the raw materials needed to create authentic prehistoric pottery. While we explore the back-roads of Arizona we will have time to discuss the technology and process of refining these raw materials and making authentic prehistoric pottery. The cost to come on this adventure is $27 per person.

December 12, 2020 Sulphur Springs Valley 

We will be collecting clays and temper in the Sulphur Springs Valley, exploring in the area of several large ruins in the area. We will visit some ruins and search for clays and hematite pigment used to make some of the pottery found here. Meet in Benson at 7:00 AM


January 9, 2021 Coolidge and Florence

We will be looking for good clays to use along the Gila River, exploring the alluvial deposits along the river banks and surrounding areas. This is a rare opportunity to locate wild clay not too far from Phoenix. Meet in Coolidge at 9:00 AM


February 13, 2021 Safford and Bonita Creek

Exploring the Safford Valley and north to Bonita Creek area, looking for clays. This area was a melting pot for different cultural groups in the thirteenth century, we will talk about what was happening here then, visit some sites and look for the clay resources they might have used to create their pottery. Meet in Safford at 9:00 AM

I've been making primitive pottery since I was a teenager in the 80's. My work focuses on reproducing the polychrome pottery styles made in the American Southwest during thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. I have taught workshops and lectured at venues all over the Southwest. When I was learning to make pottery it was very hard to find the information I needed, so I created this website to make the technology of southwest pottery readily available to all.

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