Coil Pottery Making 2 Day Workshop in Tucson

Coil Pottery Making 2 Day Workshop in Tucson

In this class you will learn the ancient art of coil pottery. We will cover all the techniques, the procedures and the potter’s secrets of hand-made Southwest coil pottery making. All materials and tools will be supplied and people of all skill levels are welcome. On completing this class you will know how to make beautiful hand made coil pottery using the methods used for centuries in the American Southwest.

When: March 28, 29, 2020
Where:At Andy Ward’s home studio in Tucson, Arizona
Instructor:Andy Ward
hand building a pot using coil method

Class Includes

  • All materials and tools
  • Lunch both days
  • One year of access to the Coil Pottery Making 101 online class.
  • 2 days of instruction.

Technologies Covered

  • Coil pottery construction methods
  • Scraping and thinning pottery
  • Stone polishing pottery
  • Painting designs with natural mineral paint using yucca leaf brushes
coil and scrape pottery making

Class Schedule

Saturday: Learn the history and techniques of coil built pottery and practice forming a jar, then scrape and smooth the form. You can make a second pot if time permits.

Sunday: Polish the pot you made on Saturday then learn to prepare natural mineral paint and apply designs to your pottery.

Note: Because this class is 2 days there will not a be a pottery firing, however I will be firing pottery in the mountains near Tucson on the following Saturday. You have 3 options for firing the pottery made during this workshop.

  1. Take it home and fire it yourself.
  2. Meet me at the designated firing location south of Tucson the following Saturday.
  3. Arrange for me to fire the pots for you and then either mail or arrange for pickup at a later date.

Enroll in this Class

The cost of this class is $165. Sign up soon because space is very limited.

About the Venue

The workshop is taught at the instructor’s home studio in central Tucson, Arizona.

About the Instructor

Andy Ward began reproducing prehistoric pottery in high school, now more than 25 years later he teaches pottery workshops throughout Arizona and New Mexico. The focus of Andy’s pottery is on polychrome pottery types of the prehistoric Salado and Mogollon people. He has taught prehistoric pottery workshops for the Silver City Clay Festival, Archaeology Southwest Preservation Archaeology Field School and Old Pueblo Archaeology Center, among others.


“As a former ceramics major in college married to an anthropologist, I found your class enlightening as well as very fun… My experience of local pottery has been so enriched by the experience of your class. Keep up the good work!!”
Carol D. Tucson, AZ

“Not only is Andy Ward an excellent potter, he is also an excellent teacher. His workshops on recreating ancient Native American pottery of the Southwest are superb. Participants experience the full range of pottery production from processing clay gathered from natural sources to forming the vessels, decorating them, and firing them. He teaches the practices of ancient potters, using the same tools they used. I have taken two workshops with Andy and plan to take others when the opportunity arises. It is more than a worthwhile experience.”
Sharon M. Tucson, AZ

“Andy’s class was one of the most fun and educational classes I’ve ever taken. I learned a lot about the history and different types of pre-historic pottery made in Arizona, the various methods used to form, finish and fire the pots, and was able to practice what I learned and make a pot of my own! And Andy is as kind as he is knowledgeable. I am not an “artsy” type and Andy was very patient with me. His encouragement, enthusiasm and love of traditional Southwest pottery-making is contagious. Everyone is the class was thrilled that they took it!”
Roberta G. Tucson, AZ

Questions and Comments

If you have questions before you can commit to this workshop feel free to contact Andy using the contact form on this website.

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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